Building a router table....need suggestions.

I'm building a router table and the main working surface area is 21.5" deep by 36" wide. My question is this: Where is the best place to locate the adapter plate? Should it be in the exact center or is it better to have it set about 2/3 away from the front? Just didn't know if there were any pros or cons to either. Thanks for your suggestions. Screamn1
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I prefer closer to the front. I do not like leaning over. That said, I use a Bench Dog Router table and the bit is about 9" form the front edge of the table. If you need more room you can always turn the fence around and work from the other side.
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Here's what I did, although my table's a bit bigger (I sized it to the Incra jig's requirements):
http://www.delorie.com/wood/projects/router /
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Whatever you do, be sure to leave enough room to slide the fence all the back to clear the adaptor plate so you remove the router from the table. I made the mistake of locating mine too far back and I have to remove the fence to get the router out. Of course, that mistake will be corrected on version 3.6253 of my home built quickie router table. I just tend to want to build stuff with the table rather than do more work on the table.
Bob Davis houston, Texas
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Whatever you do, be sure to leave enough room to slide the fence all the back to clear the adaptor plate so you remove the router from the table. I made the mistake of locating mine too far back and I have to remove the fence to get the router out. Of course, that mistake will be corrected on version 3.6253 of my home built quickie router table. I just tend to want to build stuff with the table rather than do more work on the table.
Bob Davis houston, Texas
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Thanks for the replies...... If I use center of my table...I'll have 11" on either side so I think I'll just move it towards the back a bit giving myself at least 12" in front of the bit which shouldn't be a strain on the ole back having to reach. Thanks again

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Towards the front.
If you put it in the center, you have to lean over every time even for thin strips of wood. The back section is of little value aside from holding the fence.
If you place it towards the front, it is easy to reach when putting a thing strip through. Now, you have a wide panel to rout. Just work from the opposite side and you have a nice wide platform to hold the big panel steady.
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I presume that you will fabricate a fence to guide the wood past the router bits. If that is the case the closer towards the rear of the table you place the router the more surface you have to support large pieces of wood. Yet on the other hand, if you expect to mostly use router bits with ball bearing on them then you might want to consider placing the router in the center of the table especially if you will be routing irregular shaped items.
I suppose you could make two removable tops to facilitate either need.
That's my "cut" on it !
Don Dando

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Mine is towards the front...bit center is ~8" from the edge. On the very rare occasions I need more support for a wide piece, I just turn the fence around & work from the back of the table.
John
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My table is 24" deep and I have it set so the router bit is 8" from the front. 90% of the time, that 8" depth is more than enough to work with, and having the work close to you is convenient. On the rare occasions when I need more depth I simply work from the back of the table and from that side I've got 16" to the bit.
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 02:16:35 GMT, "Palmer"

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