Router Table vs Router Table extension on Table Saw

Having a router table would be nice but it's another piece of furniture in the woodshop. Attempting to save space I would like to make a router extension on the table saw. My question is with the narrow extension will I have more vibration because of the limited area to work on?
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I know that this isn't a direct answer to your question but it might help. I had the same problem and tried the router in the extension of my table saw. I didn't like it, but it wasn't because of vibration. For me, it was awkward positioning at the end of my saw. I switched to a router table with folding legs. I leave the fence still attached, but fold the table up against a wall when I am not using it. For me it was a much better solution.
Bob McBreen
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I have both. However, I like the router table because sometimes it's just too much trouble to set up my vacuum to the table saw router table. So I just lift my light router table outside and wear one of those little air filter do-flitchies that fit on your head. I let the dust fly out intot he community.
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On 1 Feb 2004 09:51:59 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (Davemac) wrote:

===============================================I would have to answer NO it should not...at least if you constructed the extension correctly.....
Having said that... I can understand the need to save space because I too am kind of boxed in so to speak in my shop....the old adage that "stuff" expands to fill any given area.... BUT I did purchase a separate router table ... the work surface (on the table saw was just way too low ...it was not a pain in the a$$ ...but rather a major pain in the back...
Bob Griffiths
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The idea was very attractive to me for the same reason; but I decided against it because it would be extra work changing between router table and TS, the size was a bit small, and connecting to a DC would be more difficult.
However, whenever my router table get in the way I wonder if it was the right choice. Neither solution is perfect.
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (Davemac) wrote in message

A lttle over a year ago I bought a Rockler extension table for my Jet contractor's saw. I never could get it mounted on the saw to my satisfaction so I just built a cabinet using the Rockler router table. It slides into the space where the right hand wing used to be on the saw.
The only negative is that I have to remove the router fence to cut anythin on the tablesaw that is more than a few inches wide. Other than that, it was a good space saving move. I was able to consolidate some of my dust collection by having the saw and router table in close proximity.
Dick Durbin
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One option is to make a router fence that slips over your table saw fence. If you're crafty you can incorporate DC and adjustable fence halves and other router goodies into this easily removable fence. Some inlaid steel rules or something similar will help with setups too. I have both setups and find myself using the saw mounted router more and more simply because I'm already standing right there and its easy to just set the router fence on the saw fence, slide it over and go to it.
Jim

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Davemac wrote:

I have one of the Bench Dog extensions mounted on the end of one of the cast iron wings of my Ridgid 2424. The manufacturer suggested it replace the wing, but I chose to just add it on. I also added a Master Lift at the same time. Pretty sweet. I have not had any problems with vibration or sagging. I'm using a PC 7518 router in it.
I've actually found the extension kind of handy, as I am able to use the router fence as the table saw fence when I'm ripping overly wide boards. It gives me significant extra capacity on the left side of my saw.
My shop is one bay of a two car garage, so space is at a premium. When I work, I pull my car out of the other bay so I have walking around room, but the far bay is the only one dedicated to woodworking (and reloading... but that's another story).
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I had a Craftsman router table. Recently I went into the Sears store and noticed the same router table mounted to a Craftman 10" table saw. I called Sears and ordered the parts to mount my router table to my saw. Personally, I like it. Not only does it save room in my shop, it is the right height and I can use the back of my fence to route dados in lager pieces of wood than I could with the fence that came with the router table. Dust collection is an issue but I like the other post that suggests making a router fence to mount to my table saw fence. The fence that came with the Craftsman router table has a lot to be desired anyway.
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Just a thought...
I am in the process (on hold till warmer temps return) of building a horizontal table illustrated in FWW a couple of years back. I am siply mounting two runners to the bottom side that will fit my table saw miter gauge tracks. These will extend out beyond the table with flat head bolt on the underside and hand knob top side. Tightening these should lock the router table to to the table saw fairly securely. It also gets it up to what I consider a good working height.
Like I say, can't attest to it working yet or not but it is another option. Daryl
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