Mounting Router on Table Top

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Old 12-16-08, 11:13 PM
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Mounting Router on Table Top

I have a HaussMann plunge router with and shank and variable speed and I want to install it on a table top. I have used this router occasionally in the last two years and although it is a very inexpensive router, it works just fine.

Due to space restrictions, I would rather install the router into my table saw top. The table saw top is 27x 44 and it is custom made by myself with two MDF sheets glued together. I have this saw for about 5 years and it works nicely. Another advantage of doing so is that I would be able to use the same fence / mitre as for my saw plus I will have easy access to the router for changing the bids, high adjustment etc.

Looking on the Web for ideas, I noticed that some routers are mounted directly under a table top and some are mounted with a table insert.

I would like to know the pros / cons for each alternative.

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Old 12-17-08, 03:46 AM
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I would go with the drop in version. That way when you were using the saw you could remove the router and drop in a filler block. It would also make changing bits a lot easier. It would also let you remove the router and use it by hand easier. Just my 2 cents. RW
 
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Old 12-18-08, 10:20 AM
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I have to agree with that. I have the same setup in my TS top and use the drop in insert. It makes it a heck of a lot more convenient to change bits. At least with my PC router.

It's really nice to use the same fence. I also put a T track in for a featherboard, and a hole for a removable guide pin for freehand routing.
 
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Old 12-18-08, 10:29 AM
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Another vote for the drop in. Rockler, among others, has some good inserts:

Rockler Router Table Plates - New Larger Size - Rockler Woodworking Tools
 
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Old 12-18-08, 04:13 PM
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I've got the Veritas base plate/table insert. You tip the router and insert it from underneath, then straighten it and drop it down into the hole.



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Talking drop in router

I have used routers and table saws for years. Had a router table but sold it. Call me slow, but I never thought about cutting a hole and using the table saw top as a router table. THANKS GUYS!! Who says 'OLD DAWGS' can't learn a new trick?????
 
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I also use the drop in method.

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