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Forum topic by Panthersn posted 02-13-2010 03:50 AM 963 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Panthersn

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02-13-2010 03:50 AM

Hi all, I’m looking for a table top router table for some small work I’m doing (electric guitar bodies and necks). I was leaning towards a Bosch model sold at Home Depot. Any reviews?

Thanks in Advance


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#1 posted 02-13-2010 04:05 AM

How about a shop made one.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 04:37 AM

I have the small Kreg model. It is nice but too small. Like A1Jim said, make your own. It looks complicated and must be done accurately, but you will be glad you did. I made mine 22×36 and its really nice. The large table gives you a nice solid work surface. -you asked! Hahaha

Todd

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 05:17 AM

I agree with the others. I think you will find it too small for guitars.

I just looked at it and it doesn’t come with a router. For the money, you could do a much better version on your own and put the extra cash into nice bits and a better router.

If you really want to get something already assembled you can do better…
There are several option here, including just tops and fences to put on your own cabinet….
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/tabletop.html

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Panthersn

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 06:56 PM

Good advice, and thanks. After thinking about it I’m going to build mine right into my Island workbench. On my way to pick up a small section of plexi glass, I’m going to countersink it in the workbench top and then mount my craftsman router. At first I was concerned about the fence but I found a good chunk of aluminum that will more that get the job done. I’m 90% using it for rounding over (I have learned my lesson trying to freehand) and routing some 3/16 channels in maple.

Thanks again guys, you saved me $175,00!!

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 07:08 PM

I’ve seen soilid core doors turned into a router table (Charles Neil) and it works great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 07:14 PM

I remember seeing a desk turned into a router table, that was a really cool idea!

Oh, I believe it was on this site, too. :-) That would work really good, put wheels on it and you would have a portable router that holds everything you would ever need.

Well, at least that is what I am thinking of doing. :-)

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 04:47 AM

I agree. Just take the time and build exactly what you need. I bought a bench top table and the first thing I said when I had it put together was…... “damn, I could have made this….. and I could have built it better than what I have….. and a lot less expensive too.

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