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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Not to be difficult but I would like to mount my router with the router fence perpendicular to the table saw rip fence on what is a 60" long table saw cabinet.

The typical practice seems to mount the router at the very end and use a fence parallel and as an auxiliary to the rip fence. But it would not be that convenient to get around to the end of the table the way my shop is typically set up.

I could put some T-track in the table top to secure a router fence but I was curious if there were plans or even a commercial fence that did the job by attaching to the existing saw rip fence.

Likely just put in some T-track
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I have never seen a saw table set up that way Bruce. I am against mounting a router in a saw table extension anyways; I know many people do this but you will find comments on the reasons I feel it is a bad idea.

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I am building a cabinet that will be 42"x60" and likely 39" tall. It will enclose the contractor saw and its motor and extend beyond the 27" iron top of the saw for out feed and dust collection. I have a second 27" iron saw top that I am having machined to fit the base of my router lift.

Most of the time the cabinet will face a wall or be pulled out from the wall to work. It will also be able to move out into the center of the garage perpendicular to the wall for large cabinet plywood work. The orientation of the saw table top is front to back in the front left corner of the cabinet. The orientation of the router table top will be right to left and in the front right corner of the cabinet. The cabinet is 60" long because I don't like rails sticking out and I can't waste the storage space underneath. I thought about ways to build the router table so it could be independent and only slide between the rails for saw outfeed but one of the things on my bucket list is a strip canoe and routing 30' lengths of cedar strips would be made easier with a 60" wide router table.

I will look more closely at your admonitions and concerns. But the typical conflict of router set up and saw fence interference will be mitigated by the length of the table.
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You could make your router fence work as a saddle off your table saw fence so it will adjust forward/backward towards the router bit 90 degrees to the table saw fence. This limits you on how long a stock you can feed though.
T-Track works also but does tend to collect dust and you have to go all the way through to the back edge or have an open hole on top of the table to easily remove the fence when you need it out of the way.
You could have a fence on rails that flips over the back side of the table to hang below it when not in use and you just flip it up onto the table when you need it but you would need a method to clamp it down to the table when up.
Some use a pivot fence with one side bolted down and allowed to pivot then you put a clamp on the other end to hold it in position. This is a bit tricker as you could end up doing a lot of cuts at an awkward angle and you have to have access to one edge for clamping.

I would consider building a fence with a slide base for it to move forward/backward on and have that base attach to threaded inserts in the table. This same idea can apply to a base that flips over the back edge of the table to hang below it as well. It depends on how far your TS fence rails extend and if your TS fence requires clamping on the back rail that would be interfered with by such a flip back mounted router fence.
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if you use clams to hold down your fence vice t track you can have it anywhere on the table.

The benchdog 40-102 is designed to be parallel to the rip fence, but you may be able to modify it or as I mention, use clamps to hold the fence in place. Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Router Table Extension: Home Improvement
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These are very helpful ideas. I have to play with the old iron saw table top that I am going to have milled to fit my router lift plate. I may be able to use the existing miter slots to secure the fence. But if this does not work then I will use threaded inserts for the bolts that hold the fence that is slotted at its base to allow forward and backward movement. This is preferable to me than having slots milled in the iron table top. I have a collection of 80/20 extrusions for fences and with all of the slots on top and in the face of some of them, the use of secondary faces and adjustments are infinite.
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