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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 10-11-2011 03:55 AM 1436 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BerBer5985

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10-11-2011 03:55 AM

I’m looking particularly at 2 models, the rockler router table on sale for $159 and the Bosch aluminum router table for $169. The Bosch seems to be more complete for the money, but the rockler looks decent too. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 03:25 PM

I have the Rockler table and I’ve been very happy with it. It’s a few inches bigger than the Bosch which I like for working with larger pieces.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 04:37 PM

Here’s my suggestion, or more of a question: Why not build your own r.t.? That way you’ll get exactly what you want on it, such as drawers for storage and router bits, dust collection, the heigth and width you like, and the pride of knowing you built it yourself. There are many designs and plans for .r.ts. I’ve built 4, and all were a little different in design…..And for around $200 or so, you can get all the materials you’d need to build a good solid table to be proud of….Look here on LJs to get ideas…they are immense…I built the New Yankee Workshop version a few years back, as many, many on here have done….They are rock-solid, and will last you a life time…that’s what I would do…...you may have a different plan. When someone sees the table, you can say “Yea….I built that”.

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KBX500

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 07:38 PM

I have more questions than suggestions.

Which router will you use with it ?
Do you have plans to go with a bigger router in the future ?
Do you have space constraints ?
What kind of projects do you need a table for ?
Do you want a benchtop style ?
Will you want a router lift in the future ?

The Rockler looks beefy, but that beefiness begins and ends at the edge. The underside is poorly supported and will sag in the center with the weight of a PC 7518 or equivalent, but works fine with a PC 690. Although, it’s best not to leave any router hanging in the Rockler.

The Rockler is big enough to easily use feather boards and other accessories, which is a real plus. You can start out with simple 2x legs to use on a benchtop and build a nice floor standing cabinet as needed.

I’d go with the Rockler.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 07:53 PM

^I was kind of thinking similarly. I’d probably buy a plate for $50 and spend the rest on a homebrew that would trump both of the ones you mentioned. I spent a ton of money of my pre-fabbed setup and there are plans free here for the taking that would have got me 1) a better table 2) for less money and 3) better suited to my work. My 2.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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