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I'm building a table for my new Triton MFO001 router. The table top will be 24" x 32". Where along the 24" axis should I position the center of the router spindle? The router will be mounted to a plate. I can't find any consensus on this dimension.

I'm thinking about 8" - 10" from the back (i.e., 22-24" from the front.

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Charles , heres a pic of my Incra router table . I don't know if it will help but I'm going to use these same dimensions for a double router table I want to build . I also like the idea of having a miter slot .
It may be a matter of personal preference , but I thought this may provide you with a starting point



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I'm building a table for my new Triton MFO001 router. The table top will be 24" x 32". Where along the 24" axis should I position the center of the router spindle? The router will be mounted to a plate. I can't find any consensus on this dimension.

I'm thinking about 8" - 10" from the back (i.e., 22-24" from the front.

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I think you'd get tired of reaching across all that real estate to get to the spindle. 12 inches in front of the spindle will allow you to route a 24 inch wide piece without tipping. Anything bigger than that, and you'd probably be going hand-held anyway. You can always use the backside of the table if you need more support. Just my two cents worth.
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There is no consensus to it. I placed mine in the center. I wanted to have room in the back for doing things like fluting a board.. I needed room in front to do raised panels. Centered worked for me. People who are using different accessories like an Incra fence for instance would place the fence according to the accessory. Your use should determine the router plate location.

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I do a lot of large raised panels. My table top is 48" long by 32" wide. My spindle is 20" from the front. I had a smaller table, but the process was unstable on the large panels. The larger table helps to support and control large panels. The extra real estate does not seem to be an issue.
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Bill hit it on the nose. The deciding factor is whether you are going to be using something like a Incra jig. If you are then you need to plan on it before cutting out the hole. My table is 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. My hole is in the center (24") and 15" from the front. If I'm reading you right you plan of making the table wider than longer. I wouldn't do it that way. You need the extra length for support more often than you need support in the front. The 15" I have has always been enough support for even the biggest panels.
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I have never heard any hard and fast rule as to the absolute correct placement. It depends on what and how you're going to be using it. Put it where it is comfortable for you and it will likely be in the right place. Mine is a little back of center and that works for me.

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I'm building a table for my new Triton MFO001 router. The table top will be 24" x 32". Where along the 24" axis should I position the center of the router spindle? The router will be mounted to a plate. I can't find any consensus on this dimension.

I'm thinking about 8" - 10" from the back (i.e., 22-24" from the front.

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Hey Chas, I don't have opinion or advice on this but I do appreciate you asking the question. It's something I've been wondering about myself.

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My Incra table (factory job) is like Ricks. It has to be that way to get full travel with the Incra jig. I've seen commercial models either centered of more to the front, with most similar to the Incra. Guess you could put them wherever you want to make it match the type of work you do the most. Saw one specifically for making cedar, tongue & grooves for a strip canoe that was just big enough for a handheld router and the space for the strip to pass by.
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I'm building a table for my new Triton MFO001 router. The table top will be 24" x 32". Where along the 24" axis should I position the center of the router spindle? The router will be mounted to a plate. I can't find any consensus on this dimension.

I'm thinking about 8" - 10" from the back (i.e., 22-24" from the front.

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so set it up that way....
come the need you work from the narrow and make sure you place the fence behind the bit...
only do this on the 32'' axis...
that's what I did and never regretted it...

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