Buying Tools #1: Router Table Extension

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Blog entry by kenstonge posted 03-16-2011 07:49 PM 935 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I just ordered the Bench Dog router table extension, which I plan to add to my table saw — a 1990 Delta contractor’s. I hemmed and hawed about ordering it, since it’s kinda pricey ($249, including a $50 gift card I had) and I guess I could build my own. Ultimately, I decided that although I could build something similar, anything I build would not be anywhere near as good, as flat, tight-fitting, inclusive of an excellent fence as this item. Reviews are almost all excellent, too.

Plus, I estimated that buying the wood, laminate, adhesives and other parts would be about $80 to $100, possibly more, and I wouldn’t have anything but a time consuming project to deal with. Plus, since my garage shop is not heated and I often work outside, I was worried that seasonal movement of a wood/laminate top would be really frustrating for the relative cost. I think this was a good choice and am pretty sure I’ll be happy with it.

I’ll be using it with the Router Lift FX from Rockler, which I ordered last month. I had a 20% off coupon so it cost me $160 — not too bad.

I will be outfitting it with the Bosch 1617, which I hot as a Christmas gift.

In all, the whole package will end up costing me $409 for a router table, fence and lift. And since the saw is already equipped with a mobile base, I think it will be very versatile.

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 09:39 PM

I think you made a good buy. My wife bought the Benchdog cast iron extension for my 40 year old Craftsman table saw a few years ago and I really love it because it is solid. I also considered making my own router table but with limited shop space (the garage) I feel the Benchdog was probably a much better choice. It fit my saw like it was made for it! I use a Porter Cable 690 series router (I am working on insert plate for the Bosch Colt router). The Router Lift FX is on my wish list too.

I have toyed with the idea of getting another extension, without the router specific machining, just as an extension for the other side of my saw since I can’t get the cast iron extension that fit my saw from Craftsman. I don’t know if Benchdog would sell one like that.

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