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Forum topic by Scotty Stepp posted 12-26-2009 09:13 PM 4282 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scotty Stepp

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12-26-2009 09:13 PM

Gentlemen,
I am having a hard time deciding on whether I should purchase the Veritas Router Table Top or Table Insert Plate System.

I am a beginning woodworker and I’m not sure what I should do. Eventually I will upgrade to a bigger shop but for now….

I have a small shop (12×16) and would like to mount my router to the table saw and use the aftermarket fence on my table saw for the router as well. I don’t think I will be using the router a ton but I know it can be an extremely helpful tool in the shop. I’m much more interested in using hand tools but I know I will use it.

Would I be better off in the long run to buy the table top system and mount it to its own stand in the long run? I’m very much of the mind to “buy my last tool first”. I simply don’t know enough about router table to know if the router table insert plate system can reasonably hold its own against a dedicated station.

Many Thanks!!!


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tomfromwinnipeg

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 01:21 AM

I also wanted to buy the last tool first and went with the versitas. I Love It. I also bought the fence system and right angle sled which was invaluable in making my cabinet doors.
The table top stays true, and the sled system is dead easy.
I have had it for 4 years without any problems and find it does more for me than other systems being sold. Some of those made of particle board don’t take to moisture well.
One more thing, get the magnetic dust chute, you can place it behind the fence or when free handing you can place it anywhere on the table to catch the waste.
I mounted mine on a plywood stand with wheels, the plans for it came with the table top system.
God luck with your decision

Tom from Winnipeg

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Tom Huntley

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 05:45 AM

Hi Scotty,
I thought about using my table saw, and decided to make a router table instead. I picked up one of Taunton’s books on router tables, and adapted several things from other designs I liked. I will be posting photos this week. So far so good. Best feature (for me, at least) is the flip up table top. I couldn’t afford a router lift, so I made sure I got a real good fit between the top and the cabinet beneath. The dust collection feature works really well. While ot’s still not as easy or as fast as a lift, the lift up top makes it easy as heck to changing bits and make micro adjustments.
Good luck!

Tom

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Tom Huntley

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 05:50 AM

Hi (again) Scotty,

Almost forgot…I my situation, I couldn’t use the saw’s fence because I learned that the router bit is often placed into the fence’s edge. I suppose you could use the table saw’s aftermarket fence, but you would need to add wood to the fence to go on either side of the router bit. Could be a pain in the butt if you like to use the measuring device on your saw. I think I got Taunto’s book used on Amazon for less than $10. It was well worth the investment. Ton’s of great ideas. Also, my book looked like it had never been used. What a bargain!
Tom

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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