|Forum topic by David Kirtley||posted 05-08-2010 04:12 AM||2686 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
05-08-2010 04:12 AM
I have been shopping around for a router table. So far the one that has gotten my interest for a commercially made router table has been the one from MCLS. Has anyone had any experience with it?
Long drawn out version:
I know most commercial router tables are a waste of money. They are usually beat out by something craftsman made with a drop in insert and a decent fence. It is not rocket science. The router already has a depth adjustment and all you need is a flat surface. Also lots of super-fences like the Incra, Kreg, etc. are pretty easy to find.
That said, I keep looking and thinking I would like something a bit sexier. I predominantly go the hand tool route but not a purist. I am not giving up my bandsaw. The router table is basically going to be a table saw replacement. I don’t want a table saw. Not because they are evil or anything. Just don’t have that much space or do that much that calls for one. I would rather rip on the bandsaw and crosscut by hand or maybe on my RAS. I am planning on a big honkin’ 2.5 or 3 HP plunge router with soft start. Mainly for solid wood joinery.
Anyway, I was looking at all the ones available and I really like the cast iron top on this one. I also think the router attachment setup is pretty nice. I think the gas lifts are a bit over the top but not a deal breaker. Long term, I think I would really like the stability of the cast iron for vibration dampening and dimensional stability would be a big plus. The fence looks a little cheesy compared to high end fences but way beyond what is on most small router tables. I am not a big fan of laminated MDF table tops on most of the commercial ones mainly because of the miter slots.
I have messed with a table top one before and won’t ever go that way again. Not enough mass to sit still with long stock. Too tall for a benchtop and too short to stand alone. If I have to build a special stand for it, I might as well build one from scratch.
So, anyone seen one of these in person or used one? Found something better that I haven’t found yet?
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