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Forum topic by slopjock78 posted 12-06-2011 10:55 PM 1405 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2011 10:55 PM

So now that i have my planer taken care of, the next thing is a router table. My budget for this item is about $200. Based upon reading previous posts here, as well as reviews on the item itself, I think i’m leaning towards this Rockler table

Does anyone have any advice, positive or negative, towards this table? I can be pursuaded other directions with strong compelling agruments, but really need to stay pretty close to my budged on this one.

thanks in advace for any help

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 11:17 PM

I think this is a better option – -

It is thick and solid and the micro dimple laminate works great. Disclosure – I have one and use it with a Woodpecker router lift and an Incra positioning system.

A point to consider is that there is no single standard regarding the size of the insert. I’m quite sure you will find that the Rockler table has an insert size that differs from Woodpecker, Incra and others. That means that you will be limited in what inserts (or router lifts) to buy in the future.

I think the insert size in the Woodpecker table top is a more common size.

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

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 04:08 PM


i was definitely looking at the woodpecker table, and if i could spend more on the table i would. But, I was looking to spend $200 for a complete top, and the woodpecker bare top is $200 alone. Then add a fence and insert and i’ll easily be at $400. Would love to go that route, but with as much as i’ve spent here lately, just dont want to spend that kind of cash. But thank you for the comment!

any other advice good bad or otherwise?


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#3 posted 12-07-2011 04:50 PM

I agree with cr
why buy one when you can make one that will be half the price and customized to your needs. I think most store bought router tables are to small, I like a RT that is at least 48” wide.

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#4 posted 12-07-2011 05:07 PM

I agree with the building your own. Just about everything I have bought, I tinker with to get to my liking. This is one reason I like to build my own. Another reason, it is important (to me anyway) to build your own jigs, fixtures, etc. It builds your skills, it is customized to your needs and the learning curve is lessened.


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#5 posted 12-07-2011 05:51 PM

I also agree with building your own, but if time doesn’t permit, and is worth more than what you would spend, by all means go for it. I would get the rockler as well. Regarding the woodpecker vs rockler table tops; both are MDF; IMHO woodpecker does not have an advantage here. Maybe if they included their aluminum plate, which is the nicest out of all router plates.

The rockler is a fine tabletop, I’d have no second thoughts about buying one.

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 06:06 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys, they are much appreciated. Contrary to what most of you advised, I went ahead and purchased the rockler table this morning, for a couple of reasons:

One of the biggest reasons i was wanting to go with a purchased top has to do with what nitewalker said. right now time is at a HUGE premium for me. not only am i working full time at my “real” job, but i am putting in just as many, if not more, hours on my “side” job of remodeling houses and apartments….. I also just go married a few months ago and moved into a house that we are in process of remodeling as well. Oh, and i also farm part time with my uncle. So, yeah, i keep myself busy. So, i have a few projects i would like to get started on , and just thought buying a table would be easier.

The other reason that tipped me over the edge for the rockler table, is that they are currently offereing a $75 Rockler gift card with the purchase of their $200 table. I was wanting to get the Dust Rite vortex to use with my shopvac which is currently on sale for $70. So, getting the vortex for free sealed the deal for me.

thanks again. Even though i guess i didnt take most of your advice and make my own, i still appreciate your words of wisdom!


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