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Forum topic by Kinbaum posted 02-27-2010 09:23 PM 2202 views 1 time favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kinbaum

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02-27-2010 09:23 PM

I am looking for a router table. I have read many reviews online and cannot seem to make a choice. I have looked at the rockler tables, bench dog and kreg. This issue with the kreg is that it has a phenolic router plate and not aluminum like the rockler or bench dog, sagging may become an issue. The kreg fence seems much better than the other two.

Any suggestions on what set-up to purchase. I want something that will last 10 years or more.


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woodworm

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 09:37 PM

Don’t you want to consider making you own version? You just buy the plate, tracks and fixture knobs and you can build to fit your need/space. Key in “router table” in the search box on top right hand corner of this page, and it hits many good shop/home made router table by our fellow jocks.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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mmax

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 09:55 PM

Take a look at JessEm.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 12:57 AM

+1 for building your own

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Jeison

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 01:01 AM

I vote for building you’re own, theres nothing that the premade brands can do that a shop made table can’t do as well or better, and you can save a ton of $$$ in the process. If you need help designing one you’ll get no shortage of it around here!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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BurtC

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 02:54 AM

CHeck out the Bosch. I got it and think it’s great, then again, I got the Bosch router too.
The table will fit a variety of router bases.

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surfin2

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 02:54 AM

By building your own you get what you want and where you want it and the size you like it to be, rather then settling for what they want you to have. There’s alot of assume tables here, check them out, write down the features that you want [like], add them when you make your table…

-- Rick

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bigike

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 03:32 AM

i would have to go with everyone else and say build your own that way u have all the features u want in it. Plus it’s much cheaper.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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RouterManiac

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#8 posted 03-01-2010 11:32 PM

Here are a couple of resources for you. Two are articles in helping you figure out what router table to buy and the other is a link to an actual kit to build your own if you go down that road.

http://www.routertabledepot.com/largebuildkit.html This is the kit
http://www.routertabledepot.com/rotasp.html Title is “how much router table should I buy?
http://www.routertabledepot.com/prpu.html title is “practical purchasing” (router tables)
http://www.routertabledepot.com/educate.html “first router table”

I hope that helps.

-- Ken, Florida, www.theroutermaniac.com

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SnowyRiver

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#9 posted 03-01-2010 11:43 PM

I have always liked the one that Norm Abram built on the New Yankee Workshop. They have it listed in the plans on their website. There is another one much like it that someone builds and lists on EBAY if you dont care to build your own.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Glen Peterson

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#10 posted 03-02-2010 12:23 AM

I’ve just gone through the same process. I finally decided to build my own. I priced router tables and the decent ones were well over $500 complete. I don’t mind spending money on tools, but at that price I could have bought a good shaper, but didn’t because of all the money I’ve spent on bits. The RT I’m building is a variation on Norm’s table, or perhaps a variation or clones of Norm’s design. I actually made it quite a bit deeper so I can also use it as a table saw outfeed table. The table top is be 37” x 43” and laminated with microdot formica. I hope to have it finished and posted in the near future. Here are a couple of links that I found useful, at least during the thinking. I actually did the final design myself, I wish I knew sketch up and could send it to you.

http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/rtdrawings.htm
http://www.woodworking.org/WC/GArchive98/7_10johnsrtab1.html
http://www.patwarner.com/

There are also interesting RT designs in ShopNotes Vol 17 Issue 100, which I think is Aug 2008 and in American Woodworker’s Feb/March 2009 edition. I didn’t end up building either of these, but they helped the thinking and design process.

Here are a couple of great examples that I favorited from LJ projects. Mine falls into this basic style but nowhere near as spectacular.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/28260

Good luck.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/19468

-- Glen

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richgreer

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#11 posted 03-02-2010 01:00 AM

Add me to the list of people advising you to build your own. A good idea is to enclose the area underneath the table and install a dust port.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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mikedddd

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#12 posted 03-02-2010 06:53 AM

Here is one more, for the build your own bandwagon. I made my own and would never go back.

-- Mike

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russv

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#13 posted 03-02-2010 07:10 AM

real men (and women) build their own.

you might look at incra (woodpeck.com) for the accessories. they carry a lifetime guarantee i believe.

russv

-- yknotwood.com: where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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langski93

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#14 posted 03-02-2010 11:35 PM

I bought a nearly new Benchdog, benchtop table from a guy with a DeWalt router included for $125. I gave the router to a friend and have happily used the table for a couple of years now. Whether you buy one or build one you might want to consider this portable design, if like me you have limited space. I just clamp it to my workbench and move it to another room when I am done. Also, Benchdog does have a cast iron model which is basically an extension wing on your table saw. This is a nice setup also. Good luck.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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ardbeg

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#15 posted 03-03-2010 03:00 AM

+1 on the Benchdog cast iron. It is dead flat and saves space by using the left wing of your TS. I love mine.

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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