Can a Router Boss replace a router table?

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Forum topic by empeg9000 posted 10-28-2011 12:24 AM 2177 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2011 12:24 AM

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Hey everyone. First post here.
I do not yet have a router table and I was going to get one and a new router for Christmas. I have been reading about the Router Boss and the Woodrat. It seems like these things can do just about anything a table can. I know it’s expensive but since I haven’t purchased anything yet at least I won’t be replacing anything.

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 01:57 AM

Most gizmos aren’t as useful as they seem on first impression. Focus
on getting your basic millwork skills and tools dialed-in: getting straight
and square boards, square crosscuts and square assemblies. There’s
quite a lot to learn about the basics. While advanced joint-making
router jigs have their appeal, they are only likely to produce the kind
of results you want if you have the stock prep end of the equation
down pat.

You can build a table for $10. Router gimmicks are way over-rated
in the greater scheme of getting your ducks in a row to produce
excellent work.

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 02:57 AM

Thanks for the replies. Well I was looking at the Benchdog table extension that mounts as an extension on the table saw since space is at a premium in my basement shop.

I would probably also get the router lift to go with it so I would be in about $500 on that setup not including the router.

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 03:00 AM

Suggestion: Look into the Triton router that basically have the lift built in to the router. I have one and love it.

Have fun.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 10:18 PM

It is my understanding that the new 3 1/4 router does have the above the table winder? Does it come with that winder or is it something I have to purchase. I was looking online and it is not clear. That could be a good buy for $260 considering then I won’t need to buy a router lift.

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 10:42 PM

I don’t see either the Router Boss or the Woodrat as a substitute for a router table.

I have never used a Triton and cannot comment on it, but I own a Porter Cable that is adjustable from above the table. I found this adjustment very lacking. It was awkward to use and there was no such thing as a micro adjustment. I removed the base from this router and mounted the motor and collet in a router lift (Woodpecker PRL-V2) and I am very happy with it. WIth this router lift and the Incra positioning system I have very precise control over the height of the bit and the position of the fence. I also have quick and easy bit changes.

Precision is what it is all about.

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

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