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Forum topic by MJCD posted 09-26-2012 02:02 AM 1566 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2012 02:02 AM

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My Router Table (RT) has taken a beating during my current project – a combination of large & heavy wood pieces, and near-continuous movement across the Formica table – routing tenons. I’m in the market for a new table, and want to consider a non-formica, non-phenolic solution. Everyone seems to selling the same table top.

I know of 3 metal tables tops – Sommerfeld’s, Festool’s CMS, and Bench Dog’s ProMaxRT. I assume there are others. My requirements are 1) above the table height adjustments; 2) above the table bit changes; 3) non-dedicated router manufacturer support (I happen to have a PC89x, but want to be free to change-out); virtually everything else is unimportant.

From what I can gather – Sommerfeld’s fails some of the requirements; Festool is typically self-referential (most probably are locked-in to the OF 1400/2200) and the table appears to be quite small (though, the slider is a hands-down godsend; and the ProMaxRT is new to me; though, looks promising.

I’d appreciate any insight from the Forum on this.
Thanks, Mike

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 02:45 AM

About 4 years ago I purchased the Sommerfeld aluminum router table top. This was back when they were yellow (gold?) in color.

I do not recommend this top. It comes in 3 pieces. After assembly the pieces do not align perfectly. They can be as far as 1/64”out of level with each other. If you are pushing a piece along the long side of the table there is no problem, but if you are pushing a piece across the short side you will experience wood catches. Additionally, their aluminum fence will not attach to other fences or indexing jigs (i.e. the Incra positioning). Also, when I tighten down the bolt on the fence, the fence will tilt and then will not be 90 degrees to the table.

I called Sommerfeld tech support and they told me that it was within acceptable tolerances and if I wanted it more accurate I could use shims.

I love Sommerfeld’s router bits and videos but I hate their table and fence!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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