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Posted on What router do people use when building a router table

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 05:51 AM

I built mine usuing an old Craftsman Commercial and when it crapped out, I replaced it with a Ryobi 1 1/2 hp 1/4”. It works fine for me. The Bosch evs 1617 is a great router. Frankly, I wouldn’t look any farther, but they’re all good. Go to for the best deal. Get a factory recon tool with new warranty for a good bit less. I have this one with both bases for handheld work and it is smooth and powerful.

If you haven’t made up your mind about a table design, go to Finewoodworking and look up the article “A Versitile Router Table” by Kevin McLaughlin in the Mar/Apr 2004 issue. The name says it all. I built that 6 years ago and have found nothing it won’t do.

For your very own low buck router lift, go to an look at his two lifts—one of which can be tilted under the table.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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