Whether you are working with metal or wood in a workshop, at some point a router table is necessary for enhancing the ease of working as well as the quality of the finished product. As a result, there are two primary types of router tables namely, vertical router tables and horizontal router tables.
Each type of router table provides a set of different advantages for the craftsman depend on what they work on. Though the main difference between the two tables is the setting of the router bits, each table can provide the same service as the other with a difference in the degree of ease.
Hence, if you are looking to purchase or build a horizontal router table, below are the pros you stand to gain.
Unlike a vertical routing table, a horizontal routing table is conveniently designed for routing operations that would be intricate to perform on regular tables such as working on the edges of long and narrow pieces.
For instance, a horizontal routing table is deemed perfect for mortising and tenoning as well as working on long molding bits which would require the router bits to be parallel to the table.
With the bits parallel to the table, the workpiece can be placed on the table and held down by fences as opposed to balancing/standing it on one end while working on the other. Hence, A horizontal router table makes it easier to work on such pieces with more accuracy.
- Router/ bits adjustments
Depending on the design of your routing table, you can either plunge the bit into the piece you are working on by first clamping the workpiece and then moving the table to provide a more efficient mortising.
Alternatively, the router can get adjusted by raising or lowering it on a pivot. In this case, a fence is necessary for accurate measurement but only if the pivot doesn’t provide the accuracy required.
Due to the precision needed for edge works such as tenons, a horizontal router table makes it easier to adjust the bits as required while the workpiece is fixed on the table top thus ensuring the product gets cut efficiently without any mishaps.
Though most people prefer to purchase ready-made horizontal router tables, those who decide to build their own have the advantage of customizing their tables to their preference.
For instance, if you are looking to build angular products such as chairs, you can equip your table with tilting options that make it easier to create a variety of tenons. Additionally, you may decide to add sleds/carriages for multiple functions.