Horizontal Router Table

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Forum topic by johnhaynesiv posted 11-19-2011 05:45 PM 2765 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2011 05:45 PM

I’m contemplating getting this Horizontal Router Table versus something conventional like this this Bosch Cabinet Style Router Table. It seems that the pluses with the horzontal table would be safety, fine tuning of height adjustment, and the ability to route wide stock.

Do you think this table would be a good fit for my Hitachi Router?

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 06:36 PM

Some of those type machines have come and gone, while the typical table remains highly popular.

I would wonder what kinds of things you like to do so the experienced folks here could ponder the pros and cons a little better.

As an aside, my table tilts up like a trunk lid, and is in fact supported by a gas cylinder, so setting the bit height is a standing-up operation.

In looking at the ad, the tilting part of that table looks a little skimpy to me. Those who have used this may have much more information than my two feeble orbs can accumulate.



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#2 posted 11-19-2011 07:04 PM

Hi John
I feel both styles of routing has operations best suited for each style horizontal verses vertical. I use both styles . I don’t think I could make do with the small tops that the factory built router tables have my vertical router table has a top that’s 48”x24” .I think it’s best to build your own. As far as the horizontal version goes I think the factory lift adjustment is better than a shop made horizontal table even though I’ve made one that served me well for years. I now use a fairly expensive horizontal routing fixture called a multi-router. Even though it’s expensive it’s a great tool.

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 06:54 PM

The multi-router has become one of my favorite tools in the shop, it really allows me to increase the level of accuracy in joint work.

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 01:25 AM

Some things are safer done with a horizontal router; ‘fer instance panel raising, sliding dovetails, etc. Instead of buying one, build the whole table. Go to Fww and look for the article “A Versitile Router Table” by
Kevin McLaughlin. It will do anything you want (including overhead routing and pin routing), costs next to nothing, and is a easy and fun build. If you can’t find it, PM me and I’ll send you the pdf.


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