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Forum topic by DocK posted 10-21-2009 06:38 PM 1868 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2009 06:38 PM

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I need to replace my router table with something that is more accurate and easier to set up. I reviewed several different brands and was hoping for some info, from all the tremendous cache of info, that the Lumberjocks have stored in their caches.

Has anyone used the FLATBED Horizontal Router Table offered by MLCS? The idea behind this seems valid.

What type of 2 1/2 to 3 hp router would be recommended to mount on a router table. I have two 1 hp and a small 1/4 hp that I use for light work.

Any info and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


-- DocK

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#1 posted 10-21-2009 07:11 PM

Doc, I just redid my table, my old one a wolfcraft piece of crap. I shopped and shopped, compared and compared. I ended up with a woodpecker table, fence, and lift. Expensive, yes, worth it, OMG yes! I put a PC 3HP router in the lift and new PriceCutter/Eagle America bits and it works incredibly good. Bigger is better when it comes to the router, leave it in the table (in lift), you can’t have too much power, but you can have too little. has a good review of the lift (PRL-V2) and the fence (superfence). He really does a great job with reviewing. I’ve used mine it is worth every penny. I thought about building my own, but in the end, probalbly would have cost the same to get the same quality. The stuff is quality. They also have a e-mail club and special sales often so you can get a better deal. Sorry, not working for them or anything, just so happy to have such a great set up it feels good to share…LOL I’m planning to have pics in my blog shortly as soon as I have time to take pics and post.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#2 posted 10-21-2009 08:02 PM

I notice that MLCS has their flat-bed tables on sale … I don’t have any experience with them, but it looks like a decent setup.

Yesterday, I got an email (I think from either Peachree or Highland … I deleted it) about a sale on Freud routers for half price.

I have Porter Cable 690 and 890 routers … the 890 has been plenty for everything I have needed it for.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 10-21-2009 08:10 PM

Charles Neil took a solid core door added a table saw fence and two routers looks like it works great.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-21-2009 09:23 PM

I bought a Bench Dog Table 40-201 and fence, built my own cabinet. I love my Bench Dog. Look at Tyler Tool .com, I bought the pro top and fence combo, I have a Bosch 1617EVS mounted under it.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 10:07 PM

I did a review on the MLCS

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#6 posted 10-23-2009 07:53 PM

Thanks guys for the info. So many choices on good router tables it’s rather difficult to make a decision with out some back up from someone who has a table that actually works. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. The MLCS design looks interesting because it’s rather unique.

-- DocK

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#7 posted 10-23-2009 08:21 PM

Any reason you aren’t looking into a router extension wing for the table saw?

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#8 posted 10-23-2009 08:37 PM

I have a cabinet style router table I built myself, it works great and the dust collection couldent be better, you can take a look at it under “workshop” on my profile page. As for a router I have a 1-1/4 HP Dewalt mounted in the table.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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