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Forum topic by Pyro posted 03-03-2018 07:39 PM 1100 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pyro

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03-03-2018 07:39 PM

Hey guys,

I bought my first router, a Triton TRA001 and I’m now looking for a table. I’ve considered building one but with the volume of work I have to do right now and the fact that I’ve only used routers in a table a couple times, I hesitate to move forward.

I bought a Bosch RA1181 because it was cheap and the table is aluminum rather than MDF (I’ve seen them sag before and the Triton is not a light router). The table was not flat, off by at least 1/16th, maybe more. I called Bosch and they told me to return and purchase another. Bought another and it ain’t much better so I’m going to return this one too.

So now I’m a little lost. If there’s an easy way to flatten this RA1181 table, I might give that a go but I’d rather just buy something that’ll last me a couple years until I know what I really need.

Any ideas? Appreciate all your help, you guys have really given me some great advice. Thank you


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#1 posted 03-03-2018 07:43 PM

Veritas makes a steel top that won’t sag. I had
one for several years.

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John Smith

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 09:20 PM

I don’t see too many options to modify the table top.
if you put a steel edge across the top – which part of it is out of alignment ?

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 10:22 PM

+1 for the Veritas steel top, I have one, it won’t sag.

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Pyro

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 10:37 PM

That Veritas table sure does look sweet. I suppose I could build a fence for it, use that for the time being, and then it’d be only about $30 more than the Bosch.

John, when I put a square against the fence in the picture above I’m getting at least a 16th about 1/4 of the way in. I think it’s similar at the front of the table as well. Thanks for replying by the way.

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 01:09 AM

Bench Dog makes cast iron tables that are rock solid. They come with a decent fence as well. They make stand-alone tops, full tables and, if you have a compatible table saw, the ProMAX that replaces the wing.

I have the ProMAX and it’s performed really well for me. I like that being mounted to the table saw saves space and adds a great deal of stability, as well as the ability to work from the saw side for extra surface area. That comes in handy doing raised panels. The table has slots for the fence to go on either side of the cutter.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 03-04-2018 01:17 AM

I’ve had the Veritas table and fence for close to 20 years. It is great. I mounted a Freud plunge router, drilled two holes in top so I can adjust bit height and lock for bit changes from top.





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#7 posted 03-04-2018 01:35 AM

all of the choices have to small of tops for my liking I like longer router tables ,I know you said you don’t have enough time to build one, but you will have a much more functional router table and you will be able to use it long term. if you have something to route that’s twice the length of the table then you fighting the piece you routing to hold it in place ,so if your routing something 60” long your fighting it to keep your wood up against your fence if your router table is only 24”-30” wide, but with a 48” wide table you have the majority of your wood on your router table.

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#8 posted 03-04-2018 02:10 AM

Couple of roller stands will help with that.

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#9 posted 03-04-2018 02:12 AM

yes “J” but you don’t roller stands with a large enough router table

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#10 posted 03-04-2018 02:21 AM

Roller stands don’t eat up shop space when you don’t need them. My ProMAX is 27” and I regularly do stick cuts on 80 inch long residential door stiles without a problem. To each his own I guess.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#11 posted 03-04-2018 02:25 AM

ha ha ha

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#12 posted 03-04-2018 02:28 AM



yes “J” but you don t roller stands with a large enough router table

- a1Jim


It’s all relevant I guess. How good is the 48” table when your routing an 8 or 10’ length? (rhetorical)
Wasn’t arguing with a bigger table, I have my router mounted in my table saw outfeed table that is 8’ long,
so I agree.
I was just offering suggestions that could help if someone didn’t have the room for the bigger table.

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#13 posted 03-04-2018 02:31 AM

I didn’t think you were “J”, your right it works both ways,

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#14 posted 03-04-2018 03:24 AM

As with most things in woodworking, the “right” router table for you probably depends an awful lot on the type of work you plan to do but I didn’t see anything about that in your post.

From what I’ve heard the Triton TRA001 is a good router but it seems like a lot of router for use in the Bosch table. I would presume the advantage of a larger motor router would be the ability to spin large panel raising or molding bits. If that’s the plan, I would prefer a larger table but that might just be me. If you want to do precision joinery or artisanal boxes, then a precision fence might be more of a factor.

I had a router base with above table height adjustment attached to a plate (like the Triton) and it worked okay but found that I like a table with a router lift (I have the Mast-R-Lift II) better. I also found that access to speed adjustment was also important when it was in the table. In the end, I got to the point where I have one router dedicated in a router table with multiple hand-helds for other jobs. But all of that is just me. I’ve known other guys who have happily used a single router in and out of tables similar to the Bosch for years.

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#15 posted 03-04-2018 04:36 AM

I’m finishing up a kitchen cabinet project. I bought a Jessem router table system and it’s been one of my best decisions ever. Today I screwed up a couple of time and had to re setup router bits. With this system I was able to dial the bits perfectly. This system has proven to be totally awesome. Money well spent!

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