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Forum topic by Hillsboro posted 08-29-2010 10:30 PM 1184 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2010 10:30 PM

Thoughts and advice please.

1. I have an old benchtop Craftsman router table. The Craftsman router that I used to use with it died and I replaced it with a new Porter Cable. Clearly the PC will not fit the table. However, I am limited on space so acquiring a full sized router table is not a solution.

2. Here are my alternatives as I see them:

- buy a used Craftsman router that will fit the table until such time as I can add space to my basement shop.

- buy a used PC and new/used bench top router table.

- wait until I have the space for a full sized router table.

By the way, I have no desire to build my own table. It is a project that holds no interest.

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 08-29-2010 10:41 PM

Build your own router table and make it the size that works for you. You’ll need to cut out a space to set an insert into. You can buy inserts lots of places. You may also want to install some t-track.

This should be a straight forward and easy project – - and you might learn something in the process.

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

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 02:52 AM

Hey Rich,

The guy just said he has no interest in building his own router table….it holds no interesr for him…...

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 03:39 AM

Sorry – I missed that point.

While I regret that I missed that point, I still think that building your own router table is the way to go.

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

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 04:22 AM

I would see if you could find another craftsman router for the time being until a better solution for you comes along. On my American Vermont Router table I had to redrill mounting holes in the mounting plate to make my Roybi fit it.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 06:21 AM

Do you have room in your table saw table to the right of the blade to install a router there? It’s awful handy, with the fence right there and all.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 08-30-2010 06:34 PM

I acknowledge that you don’t want to devote the time to building a real router table, however… a router table can be as simple as 4 pieces of plywood (top, two sides, a piece across the back for stability) and some deck screws. that plus a commercial plate or a lift (unless you’ve got the PC with the integrated lift, it sounds like you’ve already bought the router?) and you’re good to go. Probably take you less time than reading all the responses here!

Waiting ‘til you’ve got room for a router table isn’t an option, at least in my shop: I use the router table far more than I use a stand-alone router.

I desperately need to figure out why my photos look like crap (just migrated to a new website system), but my router table cantilevers off my portable work table, and hangs on the wall when it’s not in use.

I’ve never used a benchtop router table, and you don’t say what your budget is, but is the problem that your router is too tall for the table, or that the mounting holes don’t match? Because the mounting holes should be a small matter of a few minutes with the drill press.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 08-30-2010 11:40 PM

Thank you all for your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. I have decided that the best solution is to acquire a used 1 3/4 HP Craftsman router since I know it will fit the benchtop router table I currently have. This will solve my problem for the time being.

At some point maybe building my own table will become interesting, but I doubt it. Frankly I prefer spending my limited hours in the shop actually making furniture for family and friends.

Phil Stevens

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