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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 05-16-2010 06:02 PM 1016 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2010 06:02 PM

I am going to look at this router table top and cabinet in a few minutes. Anything I need to know before I possibly buy it? I know I’ll need a fence for it, and need to make sure the plate fits my Bosch 1617.

If any of you have this table, what are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for looking and lending any information.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 06:44 PM

It’s doesn’t look too bad Jonathan. I liked the router being positioned close to the edge which I have on my shop-made router table. The rail is great for coping cuts, etc. I didn’t like the router opening’s location in relation to the front of the cabinet. This might not be a problem though depending on how you do bit changes. It doesn’t have any drawers for tools and accessories, the smaller ones are easier to organize in drawers and usually easier to find. I didn’t see a fence on it which seems like a drawback to me, especially if you are buying a ready made cabinet/table. A good router fence is a real asset on a router table. Mine has a split fence which allows me to do jointing for example and I can adjust the size of the opening to the bit size, etc. Don’t pass it up thoĆ¼gh if it suits your needs and the price is right. You will probably want to build or buy a better one anyway after you get more experience and/or your needs change. Good luck whatever you choose.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 07:37 PM

I went and looked at this router tabletop and cabinet. It wasn’t too bad. There was a small crack at the edge of the tabletop that I believe would’ve been resolved with a little epoxy.

I did pass on this, for now, since it did not have a fence. I started thinking about the Rockler router package that includes a fence and basically everything I need to get started. Obviously, it’s more money, but it’s a complete package. And with a 20% off coupon, I would be able to get it for $240+tax. The Bench Dog today would’ve required a fence, as Mike pointed out. And no, it did not have any drawers. It had the enclosed cabinet below the table and then the shelf below that. It also had a 4-inch dust collection port coming out the backside, all the way to the left. I do like that this is an enclosed setup, as far as containing dust and shavings. I know I could also enclose the Rockler table as well, but this one is already setup that way.

I am keeping this as a possibility in the back of my mind and may still pick this one up if it’s around in a week or so, but I want to look a bit more before deciding.

I think I’d probably like to add a lift as well to whatever I end up getting. I don’t necessarily need the complete package, such as the one Rockler has a pretty good deal on right now that comes with the Porter Cable motor too, mainly because I don’t want to spend that much all at once, although it is tempting.

Thanks for your input on this Mike.

And if anybody else has anything to contribute on this topic, please feel free to do so, as this setup has not been ruled-out yet, I just didn’t pick it up today.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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