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Forum topic by Cole Tallerman posted 520 days ago 1507 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cole Tallerman

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520 days ago

Hey everyone! So my router table is just about complete, except for the most importent part which is the top. Ive narrowed it down to two choices. As with most, cost is a factor. You may also try to talk me into building my own but also choose from one of the following.

From rockler for $250: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=31809

a generic brand from grizzly (that looks just as good) for $150: http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Table-with-Stand/T10432


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Cole Tallerman

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#1 posted 520 days ago

bump

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knotscott

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#2 posted 520 days ago

I’m not seeing a $100 difference between the two. By default, I’d go with the Griz for the price advantage.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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texas

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#3 posted 519 days ago

Me neither. I have the Rockler table top which is nice. I bought it without the fence or plate. I added a Rockler lift that came with its own plate… love it. All in… $340. Made my own fence. Am now working on a nice “Norm” style cabinet under it.

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#4 posted 519 days ago

I can’t speak to the new Rockler table but have been using the “old style” for many years now, and have been very happy with it.

It’s MDF, with what I believe is melamine laminate & polyethylene edges, like the Grizzly.

If cost is an issue, I’d go with the Grizzly.

Building you own may approach the cost of the Grizzly, MDF, plastic laminate, fence, hardware, t-track and your time all add up.

I’d wait to see what others who may own the Grizzly are saying

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 519 days ago

Just curious, but if you built the table, why not build the top?

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#6 posted 519 days ago

I would get a bench dog top and fence. The fence is extruded aluminum, and has a nice heavy duty feel. It also allows the jointer operation by placing two rods behind the outfeed fence. I don’t use that feature, but the overall build quality is fantastic.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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dustprocrastinator

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#7 posted 519 days ago

One difference between the rockler top and the grizzly is that the rockler top has a double t-track whereas the grizzly does not. The new rockler tops have layer of phenolic not melamine which should increase the stability of the top. Rockler has also added the plastic banding around the edge.

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#8 posted 519 days ago

I made mine out of a double layer of MDF epoxyed together and covered with Formica.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#9 posted 519 days ago

Wow Clint that is an amazing router table! and Jay, the reason is partly what Nicky said about cost, and partly that one from grizzly will be a-lot more accurate.

Thanks everyone! looks like im going with Grizzly!

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#10 posted 519 days ago

A phenolic top would be an advantage for sure.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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bondogaposis

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#11 posted 519 days ago

I made mine from a double layer of MDF and Formica. Why would you buy one?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Cole Tallerman

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#12 posted 518 days ago

I just realized, will it be problematic that the router plate on the grizzly Is an odd size?

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 518 days ago

It’s not sized for the popular plates or lifts.

I’d build it. If I were to buy I’d get one of the phenolic tables.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Earlextech

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#14 posted 518 days ago

Have you looked at http://www.woodpeck.com/

American made and fantastic tools.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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knotscott

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#15 posted 518 days ago

There are many 9 x 12 plates available….it’s not really an odd size, just different than the Rockler plate.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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