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Okay so I have a attached router table to the left of my rigid table saw and am able to use the rigid fence for the length of both tables. My question is, are there any benefits or disadvantages to attaching a router fence to my table saw fence? Having two fences seems to be helpful if you want to use the saw to make a cut then bring it to the already set up router, also it seems as if the saw fence could also double as a feather board of sorts. I am new to all of this and am planning on building a fence and this came to mind. Thanks in advance for your input!
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Jose, many forum members mount their router in a saw table extension. I feel this hinders more than it helps. As sure as you have one set up done you have to take it down to use the other option. Table saw height is another issue; while it is the right height for sawing wood, router tables almost always need to be higher for control and comfort. I understand that this is a good compromise when space is limited or for small portable saws used on job sites. It is my belief that these items work better when separate.

In answer to your question the saw fence is a very poor fence for a router table by itself. You need the ability to expose only part of the bit for many jobs so at the very least you need an auxilary fence to attach to the saw fence. You will also want the ability to make a chip break to help avoid tear out and this will require additional fence pieces.

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Mike,
Thanks for the response! My intentions are to have a tall fence it is just a matter of wether or not I attach it to my short table saw fence or not. One benefit of not attaching and doing a separate tall fence that could come off would be that I could cut a length of wood at a dimension and bring it over to the router fence that has already been set up. If I need that section of the table to make a 24" cut I would have to lower the router an. Remove the router fence. Which in my thought may be be beneficial to not have attached to the table saw fence. The router fence that I am thinking of is adjustable. The two fence thought was if I had to make a dado or similar and I could put the table saw fence to the left of the feed side of the table to act as a feather board of sorts, or I could just use feather boards in the tracks. My space is sometimes limited, but I do have room for a tall fence regardless of wether it is attached to the saw fence or in the slots of the router table. I will definitely accommodate for removal of waste with vacuum and prevention of chip out.

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