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Forum topic by Riversburg posted 03-17-2011 02:05 PM 1125 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2011 02:05 PM

I need help and suggestions about router tables.
I’m getting ready to make the big purchase and I don’t know wether to buy a cast iron MLCS type table or Woodpeckers type that has all these adjustments. I’m not in manufacturing just hobbyist.
I’ve read that the cast ones are great because of low vibration, but they dont have the same table insert adjustments that the Wood pecker types do. Is this necessary?
And… If it were you which would you choose?

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 03:09 PM

Ahh, the age old router table question. I’m afraid there is no easy answer here. It depends on your preference, which will likely change over time as well.

I was initially very inticed by the MLCS cast iron table. It’s big, heavy, and shiny. What’s not to love? Right? I read tons of reviews, but never pulled the trigger.

Later, I had a bright idea to combine an Incra fence on the table saw with an attached router “wing”. I didn’t like the inconvencience of constantly moving that big giant incra fence around on the saw. Just to make one little cut.

I finally decided to build my own table that included the incra fence, woodpecker’s tabletop, and router lift. I can tell you that I enjoy having seperate stations and that vibration is non existent. I really like the noise reduction from the enclosed cabinet and the built in dust collection. All that storage is great too. I think the whole assembly weights as much as my table saw! You can check out my table here:

Best of luck with your decision. I know it was a tough one for me.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 03:22 PM

Cant decide between the CI MLCS or a Woodpeckers table???
Thats a great problem to have. LOL.
I agonized over whether to buy the cheapest craftsman router table, or the 2nd cheapest craftsman table.

In my mind, the cast iron table would be more difficult to maintain, move, store, and modify; and I doubt you’d realize any performance benefits over the WP table. That said, as much as I like a cast iron machinery, I’d go with the WP.

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 03:52 PM

I suggest you retain the option of using a router lift. I didn’t think I would want one – until I bought one. Now I can’t envision not have having one. That means you need to avoid the cast iron table.

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

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