The wing gives you advantages in a small space:
-You get a larger shared work surface for your TS and your RT than you might get on either if they were separate.
-You can use a hanging enclosure for dust control and keep the area under the router clear or build a floor standing cabinet with drawers and such, gaining storage while not taking up much more footprint than without a cabinet.
The left or right decision is controlled by any one of many things. You have some advantage as your motor is out the back to the only controlling factor I can see is your bevel wheel position. Since you have made the wise decision to add the extension to the existing wing as opposed to replacing the wing with the RT extension, your wheel should have plenty of clearance and knuckle-busting should be no problem.
I prefer the left side as this keeps my work flow path consistent. This means my TS outfeed/rollerstand/whatever is in the same position for my TS as for my RT. I also have a ‘no man’s land’ defined to the right of my saw for electrical, cyclone, overarm mast, etc. If you have free room on the right, I see no real problem there; I just prefer the same feed direction for both tools since they are “joined”.
The one thing I never understand is the installation of the router wing on the right with the fence still further to the right of the bit (?). This requires you to reach over the saw for every router operation; I’d rather not.
“1) putting a set of T-tracks in the router insert area, and using a separate router fence that will lock down into them for most work.”
-I am all for the separate fence as this minimizes the RT setup “in the way” of the TS setup (I seldom have this happen in practice BTW). I used t-slots cut through the table vs. attaching t-track (look at Bench Dog or Rockler style tops).
That’s about it from my point of view. I had the RT on the right side of my saw for about a week, years ago. Since then I have stayed on the left. Enjoy the flexibility of a separate fence and the extra storage of a cabinet beneath the extension for DC and bits and wrenches and . . .
Have fun and keep us posted.
Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-08-2009 at 04:07 PM.
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