|Project by mjdinsmore||posted 09-10-2008 02:30 AM||4584 views||27 times favorited||16 comments|
How hard do you think it’d be to find a reasonably priced router table? I have a handheld router that I’d like to undermount to a table.
So I took a trip to Lowe’s to see what they had. The bulk of their offerings were either Skil or Vermont American (which looked like a rebranded Skil). The fences on them were pretty poor – they ranged in price from approximately $85 to $130.
The only real option I saw there was a Bosch table that looked pretty nice but cost $250. Isn’t there a decent one for less?!? I saw one at Sears but I don’t think it fits my router.
I just got a Rockler catalog in the mail and they had a decent looking model but I don’t know anyone who has one to validate its quality.
So, I didn’t decide on any of the store-bought models. Instead, I purchased some raw materials and built my own. There is a few minor tweaks I want to make – like shelves to hold the bits and and floor-mounted power switch. Some of the parts necessary for the table I ordered from Lee Valley Tools (they have a great variety of tools and some not so common things in stock). The router table works great – easy to adjust and switch bits, align the fence and plenty of surface area for the wood. I’ve made some molding and cabinet doors with it already.