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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-23-2007, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horizonal vs Vertical Router Tables

Fellow woodworkers.
I started this thread so that you could list the things you can do with the vertiical table thay can't be done with a horizonal table.
1, you can use the same bits on both tables, exception panel bits.
2. It is cheaper to build a horizonal....No insert and no table top.
Here is the chance to give the pros and cons of each type. Have at it and in a few days, I will jump in with my 2 cents.

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The vertical table is more suitable for those who prefer to lie down on the job.

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Both have areas where they perform best. A vertical table is the easiest way to cut mortises, dowel holes and is safer for cutting raised panels since the bit is smaller. A horizontal table will cut arches for cathedral doors which you can not do on a vertical table. It also is easier for edge treatments, dovetails and finger joints. Perhaps the question should be which is most useful to the individual member? Since both have their strong points perhaps a dual purpose table which uses both designs would be ideal? It would not be difficult to add the vertical cutting feature to the end of an Oak Park style table, thus killing two birds with one stone.

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I really like the concept of this horizontal router table from an article in Finewood Working. But it's use is somewhat limited.

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I like that design young Mr. Bolton and have printed a copy for possible future use, thanks for posting it.

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Hi Steve

My 1st. Horz.router was just like the picture you posted,, I made it so it could hang on the back end of a standard router table,,,,it was a bit lame to use because it was a swing type, and didn't work that well, so I got one of the MLCS types and they are great and work very well, the same type Trap is making..

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I have been thinking about building a horizontal router table and this could be a very helpful thread for somebody like me, to hear from people with practical experience and hearing the pros and cons plus seeing all of the useful design ideas is something i am looking forward to.
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I have a Benchdog promax cast iron router table on my extension side of the table saw and to the right of it, I made a vertical router table. the vertical router table bolts on using closet bolts that are driven into a reinforced apron on the side. One jig knob loosens to enable the bit to raise and lower.

So far, I like the vertical table for quickly and easily rounding over parts. Its also effective at adding a beaded edge to things. I have raised panel bits for both horizontal and vertical tables and I prefer using the vertical table set up. The combination of vertical and horizontal router tables means I very rarely ever set up a hand held router.
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"The combination of vertical and horizontal router tables means I very rarely ever set up a hand held router."

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Fellow Woodworkers,
From the posts, ther seems to be some agreement on needing two router tables. I am still in the process of building the horizontal table. Here is a vidio that I found on the use of the table...http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/eaglela...king/blog/1292
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