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11-12-2015 11:44 AM

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What type of router do I need for a router table,not brand but Can I make one out of a fixed base or do I need a plunger type?


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#1 posted 11-12-2015 11:55 AM

Fixed base. Never encountered a plunge router in a table. Height adjustment is achieved via the same technique used when the router is on your bench, albeit inverted. If you’re flush you’ll have the option of adding a lift which will make height adjust easier, faster, and more accurate, but the expense is such that it doesn’t make sense to someone just starting out, e.g. $300 lift vs. a collection of high-quality bits…

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 11:58 AM

“a lift which will make height adjust easier, faster, and more accurate, but the expense is such that it doesn’t make sense to someone just starting out, e.g. $300 lift vs. a collection of high-quality bits…” but you can build a lift can’t you?

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 01:56 PM

Fixed base for router table, a plunge base in a router table is a waste, because you can’t use the plunge feature.

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 02:06 PM

I built mine about 12 years ago and still in use. I built my table from Norm’s plans and made some modifications. I went with the Woodpecker PRL, and after researching a lot of feedback on routers went with the Porter Cable 7518 fixed base router. It is a beast and I’ve put some serious pounding on it and still running. At the time it was considered the standard in cabinet shops etc. At the time you could not just buy the router you had to buy router and base. Now you can and save about 60 bucks. For a fence I lucked out and found the Incra LS120 on sale used and loved that I can get down to the .001 on accuracy. I’ve turned large bits and pushed some production through it.

Next to my TS its the most used tool in the shop. (besides DC). Engoy the build!

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 02:17 PM

If you have not bought a router for the table yet you have a choice to make. Either buy a router with a above table adjuster included (There are both fixed base and plunge versions with this feature) with it or get a router lift and router designed to fit it.

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#6 posted 11-13-2015 02:32 AM

So what is being lifted if the base is fixed?

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#7 posted 11-13-2015 02:35 AM

The base is taken off the motor is mounted in the lift.

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#8 posted 11-13-2015 02:44 AM

There are plunge routers that can be used in router tables. You take the spring out of the plunge base, because the spring would be working against you. Several have ways to use the plunge base as a lift, like my Triton. Also I know a few hitachis can be used this way. It’s not ideal, but it is a lot cheaper than buying a motor and a lift.

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#9 posted 11-13-2015 05:54 AM



Fixed base. Never encountered a plunge router in a table. Height adjustment is achieved via the same technique used when the router is on your bench, albeit inverted. If you re flush you ll have the option of adding a lift which will make height adjust easier, faster, and more accurate, but the expense is such that it doesn t make sense to someone just starting out, e.g. $300 lift vs. a collection of high-quality bits…

- fuigb

Lots of tables out there with plunge routers. Not terribly convenient if it hasn’t been retrofitted to a lift, granted. My table has a weighs-a-ton older Freud 3+HP router in it, something I bought on a whim at an auction, not realizing that I had little chance of being able to hand-hold it, LOL. (That’s left to a PC690 and it’s plunge cousin.) A few years later, companies started producing routers made for table use.

[Oh, and the previous owner, retired woodworker, had also used it in a table—it came with the table insert.]

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#10 posted 11-13-2015 06:00 AM



What type of router do I need for a router table,not brand but Can I make one out of a fixed base or do I need a plunger type?

- daddywoofdawg

These days you have several options, as mentioned above. I’d suggest getting the most power you can afford if it’s to be a dedicated table router.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#11 posted 11-13-2015 06:08 PM



The base is taken off the motor is mounted in the lift.

- johnstoneb


Ahhhh

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#12 posted 11-13-2015 06:12 PM

the bay has a FT2200VCE – Freud 3-1/4 HP Variable Speed Plunge Router would this work for table router? or keep looking for a fixed base,any model numbers?

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#13 posted 11-13-2015 06:52 PM

Here is a thread about that same Freud router in a table – http://lumberjocks.com/topics/64665

A lot of routers, be them plunge or fixed, are simply a cylindrical motor with a base attached to it somehow. My cheapo crapsman can interchange the base to make it a plunge or a fixed. That style would make it easier to mount to a lift under the table, be it purchased or homemade. From what I can see on that Freud the base is built into it, so it needs a bit of ingenuity in order to make it work under a table. Hope that link helps you make your decision at least on that particular router.

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#14 posted 11-13-2015 06:54 PM

I’m not sure of other brands but I know there are triton and bosch models which allow you to mount the router and adjust and change bits from above the table.

That will save a lot more money than buying a router and then a lift.

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#15 posted 11-13-2015 09:16 PM

After all is said and done –

You cannot beat a Jessem lift and a Bosch 1617 router combination.

It just works very well.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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