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Blog entry by SilasCrutherton posted 04-27-2010 04:05 PM 1231 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone,

So my last blog post was about a router table for sale that I was going to pick up.

It appears that it is just the table, no fence or anything of the sort.

So is it still worth picking up cheap? I figure I can get a nice straight board of some sort, and some clamps…voila! Instant fence!



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#1 posted 04-27-2010 04:14 PM

Probably worth $25.00 unless it is a cheapo Craftsman fiberglass or something like that.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 04:32 PM

How does the router mount to this table? Even if you make your own table someday you will be better off with an insert plate. The table might suck, it might be great but there could also be other parts or hardware on it that could be worth the price. Like Joe said if its $25… an insert plate is gonna set you back that much by itself.

Good luck

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 04:34 PM

If is a metal plate insert then yes its worth $25!
I totaly agree with the two guys comments before me!

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 05:18 PM

Greetings Silas…... $25.00 sounds like a deal to me…. But… if you want the router table “of your dreams”, then I would advise making your own. That way, you’ll get exactly what you want. You build to YOUR specs with all the bells and whistles on it. A router table should be plenty stout and the tabletop should be BIG. If you make a small one, you’ll regret it from day one…. My suggestion: Build your own, and a good fence to go with it, plus a good metal insert…... you won’t be sorry….. only if you make it TOO small…... later.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 06:12 PM

Thanks, guys, for your comments!

I like the idea of building a router table…but where would the plans be for something like this?


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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 06:35 PM

Greetings Silas…. It really depends on what type of r.t. you want to build. There are all kinds of plans out there. I (along with a lot of LJs) built mine like Norm’s on the New Yankee Workshop. You can order those plans on line. Just go to their website for plans , plus a DVD, if you want it. It helps to get a better idea.
Also: Plans Now, WoodShop Magazine, Wood Magazine, Woodworkers Journal, etc., etc. They are everywhere. Just pick the style and kind you want, and build it….. simple. OR…. get on here and do a “search” for router tables. Just type in r.ts at the top of the page, and hit search…. that’s it…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 06:39 PM

Hi Silas – If the price is right and you want something to tide you over until you buy or build a better one, I wouldn’t worry about the fence – nor too much about the mounting plate since you can make one pretty easily and cheaply if you don’t have the cash for one of the great manufactured ones. As far as building a table yourself, I recently posted a small router table I built under a blog called “Bosch Colt Router Table”. I’m not suggesting you build one like it, since mine is small and was made for a special purpose, but take a look at it and it might give you some ideas you could incorporate into your own design. Things you’ll want to consider are size, mounting plate, storage, dust collection, noise control, etc. Good luck either way.

-- Dave O.

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#8 posted 04-29-2010 05:22 PM

Lots of good advice. I have one of those plastic/fiberglass craftsman ones. Hate it. Some day I will build a good one.

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