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RTR lift location in table

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I've finally decided to make a router table, and incorporate a lift (probably Jessem Rout-R or Mast-R).  Most of the prefab router tables I see have the router centered on the table.  This would seem too waste a lot of the surface area behind the router bit.  What bit clearance do you have on your table, and would moving it back a bit improve the use?

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My top is rectangular and I have maybe 14 inches behind and 18 to 22 in front. That is on the long side of the rectangle. If you some jigs like the Incra you may need more space behind the bit. I like my size as if doing many small pieces I can stack them on the table to stage the work.

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Depending on the diameter of the bit such as panel rasiers that are up 4" that means you have to have a hole 4.125" min and that behind the fence realestate is used up.  

I built Norm's table and it has been working fine for years.

 

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I have two router tables.  One built into my table saw assembly for larger work, the other is a pull out cabinet/ drawer mini router table for smaller work.  The cabinet build is about 1/3m of the way back from the front edge.  My thinking was as the space is limited I left that larger back open to be able to accommodate larger pieces if needed.  For my tablesaw I have a EZ router raiser lift, for the mini I made my own using drawer slides and a lab lift.  Took some work but I enjoyed the challenge. If you are looking for ideas the mini router table build is here  https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/24091-mini-router-table/?tab=comments#comment-172198

 

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