|Forum topic by noone||posted 05-21-2013 03:11 PM||1662 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
05-21-2013 03:11 PM
I guess you can call me obsessed at this point.
So I set out to buy a new, flat router table.
I initially ordered a Kreg Precision Router table and it was suggested that it was a waste of money and that I should build my own. So I returned that order and bought a Rockler HPL top, plate and fence combo. Well that thing had a huge dip in the middle of the table, a solid 3/32” dip, which was probably worse than what I had previously. Plus the router plate was not flat and bowed as well. I sent the whole setup back and ordered a Bench Dog cast iron setup. Quite expensive, but I assumed that spending that kind of money would buy me a nice piece of equipment.
Boy was I wrong.
The Bench Dog cast iron was anything but flat and it has a .012” dip in the middle of the table. Probably not the most significant thing, but I thought cast iron was supposed to be flat. The icing on the cake was that the actual “Pro Plate”, was not even flat at all either. It’s bowed and the plastic insert that screws into the center won’t sit flush with the lip. I am thoroughly disappointed at this point.
What is ironic is that the aluminum router plate on my Bosch router table is perfectly flat, but the insert rings sit beneath it, so I know it is possible to manufacture a flat router plate.
I thought about my options:
If I build my own table and buy a fence and router plate, that is about $100 for the plate, $100 for the fence, plus materials to build the table, so that puts me at about $250-$300 already, and that doesn’t include the cost of the cabinet.
So i’m thinking I may go back to the Kreg Precision router table. Is this thing somewhat flat? Does the router plate and ring sit flush with the table? These are really my only requirements.