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Forum topic by MacInArlington posted 02-20-2011 01:20 PM 2051 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2011 01:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router router table router lift question

I am looking for some suggestions for a router table top and lift – they can be a combo pack someplace or purchased separately. I plan to build a base for it alongside my Ridgid TS gaining capacity for teh TS and gaining a router station. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Just a little info about myself – I am new to this site but not new to woodworking. Most of my work to date has been carpentry and other necessities around the house. Some of my recent work has been built ins to accommodate a large book collection and kids clutter, entertainment cabinet to house the electronics, crown molding around the house and a myriad of other projects. In the last few months I have started to notice that these projects are coming to an end (or at least slowing down) and I would like to change my focus to more woodworking – furniture and other more challenging projects. While I am thinking about what will be my first project I am going to focus a little on organizing and planning out my basement shop for better flow and work areas.

Thanks again for any suggestions.

-- Jim, Arlington, VA

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 04:48 PM

Woodpecker offers packages, but each package includes a stand. Still, there is a price advantage relative to buying individual components. IMO, woodpecker makes very good stuff.

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 05:03 PM

MLCS is a wonderful source for router bits and accessories. Check it out for sure.

Top and lift information:

Hope this helps.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 07:04 PM

I also like the Woodpecker products. I didn’t think much of their router table tops because they used to have just simple slots routed in the MDF to handle the fence. Looking at their latest offerings it looks like they switched to aluminum track. They look like very solid tops now.

I’ve used the Woodpecker Quicklift 420 (doesn’t look like they offer this model anymore) for a few years now and have absolutely no complaints. It is extremely well-made and sturdy. The Quicklift feature is built into the PRL-V2 Barry mentioned. I cannot emphasize enough how handy the quicklift feature is. A quarter-turn of the lift handle and you can pull the router up to do bit changes above the table.

You won’t be disappointed with Woodpecker products.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 07:43 PM

Table: Stow-and-Go Router Table from FWW ( )


Further more, you could later build a cabinet that the top could be placed onto.

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 08:36 PM

I’ll just say that I love my Woodpecker PRL-V2 with a PC 7815 router motor. Above table bit changes. Great combination. You won’t be disappointed. Rand

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 03:03 AM

Mast-R-Lift II from Incra is pretty good. The lift has been re-engineered so that you don’t need adapters for different body sizes. This lift will take on all comers. Above table bit changes; above table lift socket and lift lock. I have the 3 1/4 hp PC 7815 and couldn’t be happier with this setup.

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 03:54 AM

Jesem has a Master lift II its the same as the incra but the inserts are not magnetic and seeing I already have a set of inserts Iam going with the Jesem.

-- Billp

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 09:05 PM

Thanks to everyone who commented on my post. There is a lot of good information here and a lot of options. I will post a follow up once I make a decision.

-- Jim, Arlington, VA

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 09:19 PM

Check out the reviews on this site.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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