- September 23, 2017
- Posted by: Edgar Posada
- Category: Blog
A router table is a stationary machine solely for woodworking; it can be oriented vertically or horizontally. The machine comes with a vertically mounted router, with the router base rooted in a tabletop, with the bit projecting upward through the router table in the vertical direction. On a horizontal woodworking machine, the router is fitted into a vertical mount, thus the router base is assembled straight on the table. In this manner of configuration, the bits are projected parallel to the tabletop, thus making it useful in cutting joints and tenons on long workpieces.
Any router bit style will work well with the vertically configured woodworking machine. If you were to cut a bunch of tenons and mortise joints on oversized parts, experts in the woodworking industry recommend the horizontal style of the router table. As a carpenter, this is not the only project that you will have your hands on. Understanding that your job requires lots of practice on both types of routers, let us mention the drawbacks and the benefits of both models, just so you can make the decision on which suits your preferred style of woodworking.
The Difference in Bit Placement
Most people tend to be puzzled by the question on the difference between the two types mentioned. Anyone that is in the profession of carpentry understands the major difference, which is the placement of the bit. For one, it is placed vertically on top of the router table, thus allowing the placement of the materials that you want to cut on the board. The other type of router table has the bits placed on a vertical router table, just so it can cut horizontally.
One of the biggest difference between these two types of router tables is the intended use. The vertical router table is mostly employed for cutting large, robust pieces of wood. It is excellent for getting corners on joints and tenons. The horizontal router table provides more opportunity for those that work with small pieces of wood such as furniture, accessory objects like ornament boxes, painting frame, etc.