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.