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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm considering a router table, and I'm wondering what everyone else here is using, if anything at all? I've wanted one for a while, but in reality will only use it on rare occasions. I'm sure I will find plenty of uses while I build my theater, but after that, I'm not so sure.

Recommendations or words of advice are appreciated!
post #2 of 10
I built mine into the top of a work bench. Machined my own mounting plate and fence out of aluminum The bigger work surface is a real plus.

My suggestion would be to get something like this and build your own stand from 2x4s. You will find it much easier to work with than the usual table top device.
post #3 of 10
I bought the Bosch RA1171 benchtop table last week (using with Bosch 1617 router).

Pros:
- It's heavy. Although it's a benchtop table, it's not going anywhere.
- Dust collection appears to be very good. Good enough that I will probably use it in the basement (instead of the cold garage) during the winter.
- The fence works extremely well and the little 1/16" inserts are great for using the table as a jointer (so far - only had this for a week).
- There are a bunch of holes in the mounting plate to accept any router you may have now or acquire in the future.
- Fair price. Add up the cost of materials and the value of your time and I think you'll surpass the cost of this unit. (However, you can make exactly what you want when you build your own.)


Cons:
- I had a little difficulty leveling the router plate but after some tinkering, all is good.
- It's a benchtop table, so you may still need to build some sort of base for it.
- The infeed/outfeed is decent size, but if you plan to work with big pieces, you may want to build an extender into your base table.

I think a lot of guys here build their own router table as an add-on to the table saw or workbench, but when I looked into the cost of the mounting plate and materials and factored in my time, it made more sense for me to purchase one. So far, I am really happy with this purchase and would do the same thing again.
post #4 of 10
I've been happy with this one from Rockler

I built a plywood base for it and then attached the base to the top of a short roll-away.

Glenn
post #5 of 10
MLCS $169

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Good tips all around. I suppose for those prices, it's not hard to justify buying one.
post #7 of 10
IMO - start with the best, get an Incra with a PC router
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Glenn_Law View Post

I've been happy with this one from Rockler

I built a plywood base for it and then attached the base to the top of a short roll-away.

Glenn

I have this same table and it works great. I built a nice sturdy base for it, which is the other half of the problem with most router tables.

I equipped it with a Triton router.. I don't want for anything else.

OTOH I have used the cheesy Porter Cable benchtop router base and it was a POS. Very difficult to adjust the router height. Stay away.

Tim
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
No router lift? I've never had a router table, so I'm not sure how big an inconvenience it is to adjust the depth without one.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

No router lift? I've never had a router table, so I'm not sure how big an inconvenience it is to adjust the depth without one.

Triton router had a built-in lift.

That being said I usually just adjust it from the bottom anyway (it has a very nice lift mechanism). See it here.

Tim
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