Configuring my DIY Table Saw with Router

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The JoinTech manual shows three table Delta table saw/router configurations based on the length of the table. I have the 6′ rails, which puts the saw on the far left side of the table (JST-6). But I don’t actually have a Delta saw and plan to use my Makita 2711.

The SAW TRAIN is the part of the fence system that attaches to the side rails and secures the adjustable fence.

Trying to come up with the best configuration for my DIY table has been a bit of a challenge. The Makita is a mobile table so my inclination is to configure like in the bottom image (JST-4) but 6′ long putting those two extra feet of table space to the right of the saw? There would be three miter tracks. One to the left of the Router and two bracketing the saw blade. The possible addition of a JigSaw would be on the right side of the table, say 2′ from the edge.

With the JoinTech Saw Train taking up space on the right side of the table I would like to keep the saw near the center if not a bit to the left of center, probably located 27″ off he left edge giving the router a 27″ square area.

How to ddetermine the best saw blade location on the table?

I’m having trouble figuring out where to locate the saw on the 72″ x 27 1/4″ Baltic Birch 13 ply plywood table surface. This is expensive plywood, so I need to be sure when I position the saw blade.

Sawing large sheets of plywood would require a large out-feed and in-feed area for support, but most to the time I would use the lumber yard for such large sheets. I might not even be able to get 4×8 sheets into my basement shop! The lumber yard will make a rough cut, but straight. A trim router could be used to smooth the edge if needed. See the post on the Betterley Stacc-Vac.

I don’t see the need for running large pieces on the router part of the table. I have a sled for smaller stock and good for cutting tenons. If I really need to use larger pieces, then I suppose I could use the two T-Tracks for the saw to make a sled. Maybe, but the JoinTech fence might handle this.

Counting +Pro vs. -Con for the saw blade location
Neutral: 36/36 down the middle.
BL: 27/45, more room to the right of the blade. (Blade more to the left side)
BR: 45/27, more room to the left of the blade. (Blade more to the right side)

1). Radiator Balasters:
Cutting a plank repeatedly for narrow <1" parts. This seems to cover all thin slices off narrow planks widths < 24".
A: I would stand to the left with the distance between the blade and fence fixed.
The Gripper would be used. Blade locations BL and BR work fine.

1.5). Radiator tops (maximum size of 1.5’x4.5′):
Note: presuming it is not wide stock, might even be a two piece glue
up to get to 1.5′ width so the Bosch miter saw could be used.
a. Widthwise (a cut to length) is not going to be easy, probably a miter cut,
will need more space on the left side of table favoring BR. Placing the board
on the right side of the blade will require the fence to be removed. I think the best
solution would be a slider sled, which would still favor BR.
b. Lengthwise (a cut to width) either BR or BL work.

2). 4’x6′ sheet of plywood cut down the middle
a. lengthwise a 2’x2′ cut
b. widthwise a 3’x3′ cut
A: +BL works better since it allows more room for board and fence on right.

3). 4’x6′ sheet of plywood trim of 3″ strips repetitive.
a. lengthwise
b. widthwise

A: +BL works better since it allows more room for board and fence on right.

4). 4’x6′ sheet of plywood cut 1′ and 3′ widths.
a. lengthwise 1’x’3 or 3×1
b. widthwise 1×5 3×3

A: +BL works better since it allows more room for board and fence on right.

5). Miter cuts with Incra miter slide on the left side of blade and fence.
These cuts favor having more room to the left of the blade, B2.
A: +BL favoring miter cuts and maybe the right hand use of the gripper (pushbars.)

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