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lucasmccain

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1661 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: router table bench dog

evening ladies and gents—anyone using benchdog router tables, specifically their cast-iron top and wood vs metal tables? it is not cheap, though has attractive features. love to hear from the jocks.


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mckenziedrums

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#1 posted 1661 days ago

Haven’t purchased one but I’ve looked into them… The more I look into router tables the more I’m convinced I’m building my next one. Even a cabinet style one would be considerably less to build than buy. Obviously a cast iron top is going to be something the average person isn’t going to buy but I find myself finding it hard to justify the cast iron. I’ve seen folks use aluminum with good results but it seems to me that a reinforced wood top will be just fine.

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Eagle1

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#2 posted 1661 days ago

I think that a metal top would be expensive also. I built mine with a pinnacle top, nice and heavy. I bought mine from Woodcraft. About $200.00 I think.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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propcarver

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#3 posted 1661 days ago

I have the Bench Dog cast iron extension mounted on my old table saw. It has been a great add on. solid as a rock. The combination of table and fence makes for a great addition.

I’m as happy as I can be with this product. I’d buy it again.

Bill

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JCantin

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#4 posted 1661 days ago

I added mine to the left of my Ridgid 3650. Installation was a breeze and it is rock solid. For me the best argument for getting it is the fact it takes up no additional shop space.

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MedicKen

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#5 posted 1661 days ago

I have the Bench Dog cast table mounted to the left side of a right tilt Delta Unisaw. The table used to live in a C-man hybrid. I have not had 1 issue with it and it has been a wonderful addition. I like the cast surface much better than the melamine or laminate surface. With it mounted in the saw and the fence to the left of the opening as shown in the pic I have a 6’ table. If I had to do it over again, I wouldnt change a thing.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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DonFaulk0517

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#6 posted 1661 days ago

I’ve have the Contractor Bench Dog router table and like it. I chose it for it’s size, stability, and rigidity. I put the router table on a home made adjustable height cart (it fits between the rails of my table saw). I can wheel it around and use it in multiple positions for extra support when using the table saw (or other tools). Since it fits between the rails of my table saw it acts like a router mounted in a table saw wing, but provides many other uses. Attached is a picture of the router table on the cart and one showing it between the table saw rails (normally the router fence is not on the router when used with the table saw). Sorry the picture is cropped off a bit to the right.

Enjoy!

Table Saw and Router Table

Mobile Router Table

-- DonFaulk0517@gmail.com

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1213 days ago

I just added one to the right side of my vintage JET JWTS-10. It wasn’t as easy as advertised. First off, the rail side of the mounting holes don’t line up on either the left or right wing of the saw. I had to drill a hole in the front of the rail and had to tap a new hole into the cast iron extension to match and existing hole on the rail in the rear. Although the Class C mounting plate matched the holes on my 3 1/2 HP Triton, there is no existing hole for the above the table adjustment post. I was limited to where I could install it to keep the router away from the table adjustment knob. I had to drill and chamfer a hole for this purpose & there’s relatively little room for error. Then, with the wing, plate, and router installed, it made the table too right heavy & firm pressure on the rails would tip the saw. I had to install a floor anchor & chain to stablilize it. The fit and finish is quite good, though. It was just a lot more work than I expected. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1213 days ago

I would echo Cessna’s comment that my plate is quite a bit off flat. Cranking in & out of the drill press several times probably didn’t help matters. The cast iron plate itself is quite heavy & as close to flat as I need. I would recommend some help installing this plate. I actually chained it to a beam hoist out of fear that it would crush my melon. I fastened some wooden supports to the rails during install. If you have to drill new holes in your rails, make sure to mark them AFTER you flush the wing to your table. If you’re using it freestand like Cessna, this obviously isn’t an issue. Of course mine’s on a vintage machine who’s top isn’t entirely flat to begin with. For those that require absolute flatness, I would recommend a higher quality plate. At $59, this plate is close enough for my needs and luckily the bit is absolutely centered within the plate hole (which I was starting to get worried about).

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Tyler

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#9 posted 1213 days ago

I have the cast iron table saw extension and have been pleased with it. I struggled getting a Bench Dog due to the fact that its plate size is non-standard and I thought that would make it hard to retrofit with a lift (other than a Bench Dog lift). Based on Cessna’s comment, I might look into a Woodpecker lift. Its good to see other manufacturers making products to fit Bench Dog.

I currently use the Bench Dog plate and have been unable to find different size rings for different size bits. I’d like a blank one to cover the bot entirely and I’d like a large one when I’m using a raised panel bit. If anyone has any ideas where to pick those up let me know.

Bottom line, I like the table and I’d buy it again.

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Bertha

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#10 posted 1213 days ago

To Tyler, I’ve heard that they exist & my product manual (which isn’t in front of me) mentions a parts number. I’ll try to remember to check for you. I haven’t come across a 3rd party option either. The hole is pretty gaping, the ring pretty shallow, and those tiny ring screws don’t give you much room. I know that the porter cable bushings are supposed to fit but I haven’t tried it myself. It seems like if they’ll accept a PC bushing, someone should be making ZCs for it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Tyler

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#11 posted 1213 days ago

Thanks, Bertha – looking online at Bench Dog is a bit confusing since their website just displays the 2009 catalog. I assume its because they were purchased by Rockler…?

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Bertha

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#12 posted 1213 days ago

^laughing with Deke. When I was ready to drill the plate for my over-the-table control rod, I reached for my router manual, hoping for a drilling diagram. I discovered that I had thrown it away. Acting like a typical dude & throwing away the instructions is so 1997 too. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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