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I have never regretted having my router table as an extension. I keep it on the left to take advantage of the similar feed path of the saw while being able to face the router fence (my preferred feed position). As stated you could do this with long or short rails.
With the GCS, unless you need quick accurate cuts in excess of 30" or so on a regular basis (think kitchens and such) you could save some space with the short rails. 30" on the TS is occasionally too short for me but I have a large sled to take care of that. A GCS would do this as well. Of course you have to store either when not in use.
Overall, I think you are pretty well on your way to a great layout. The only reason I don't say your done is that only you will know when that is ;-)
Last edited by glenn bradley; 10-02-2008 at 01:20 PM.
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I did what Vaughn did, only backwards. I wanted 48" to the right of the blade. I got that by putting my router top to the right. Like Vaughn said, it takes less than a minute to reposition the incra fence, but instead of sliding mine down, I flip mine end to end. This means the blade guard stays in place on the 3650. I then stand at the far right end to rout, and the router power switch is attached to that end. It also lets me keep my crosscut sled installed most of the time. The only time I have to take the fence completely off is when I'm crosscutting long pieces, and in those cases, I'm glad for the support.
The shop is 12' wide, so when I'm ripping something more than 6', I have to turn the whole setup 90 degrees... hence the torsion box and casters... Luckily, that's not very often (the thing is darned heavy, and the floor is far from flat). But when I need that space, I *really* need it...