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Forum topic by Choupinette posted 07-23-2013 07:18 AM 1236 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Choupinette

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07-23-2013 07:18 AM

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Hi, I’m a newbie and I’m looking for a cheap but sturdy router table. I saw this one in Craig’s List:

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/3925637425.html

What do you think? What do I have to look for, on top of checking if the table is flat, and that it has the hardware to fit my router (DW618)?

I want to do small decorative projects, mainly trimming with templates and also free-hand. I want the top of the table to be smooth enough to move the pieces around.

Thanks!

-- Christine G., Northern California


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knotscott

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 09:53 AM

Making a router table is a good project that’s not too difficult, and usually yields the most table for the money. Counter top scraps are cheap, plentiful, and effective for router tables.

That Bosch setup is decent, but is on the small side. A new one runs ~ $200, so the price is reasonable….can’t hurt to offer $75 if you’re not up to building your own.

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

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 11:26 AM

I made a simple one that I use as my mobile router table (to take to job sites and such). I just made it out of some scrap plywood and bought a router plate to go into it. The router plate may be $60 but that’s all I have in the table. You really can forgo the router plate all together and make your own or mount the router right to the table…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnz6lOiiYWs

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 07-23-2013 11:35 AM

No such thing. You get what you pay for.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 11:43 AM

I like it…...offer 75.00

A router insert and hardware can cost that much, if you decide to make one. Bosch makes good stuff and this is a decent portable, lightweight router table. The dust collector works and the fence is fine.

The holes are universal and should line up for mounting your DW router.

If you were going to make one, it would be fun to go big and build a floor stand with drawers, like Norm’s, and buy a phenolic top and a sweet router fence made by Jessum.

Of course, it won’t be cheap. So, this Bosch will do for now.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#5 posted 07-23-2013 11:48 AM

Simple, cheap, effective.
Be watchful of the 618; the magnetic speed control rings have a bad habit of breaking.

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

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#6 posted 07-23-2013 12:03 PM

Good morning Christine,

First all of the above comments are valid; however you might not have the interest or skill level yet to make your own table. If this is the case, then I would agree with Mark that the parts are worth the price alone. I am currently building my own table and had to pay $30 just for the switch this past Saturday.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 12:32 PM

Keep your money on that one Christine.

This one’s a little easier on the pocket book.
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/3953363387.html

Or, for 70.00 USD and if you’re not too far from Stockton, this one with a
router and a table might serve you well.
http://stockton.craigslist.org/tls/3935991117.html

Good luck on your decision and a belated welcome to LJ’s!

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Choupinette

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 10:24 PM

Hi All,

Guess what? I went and got this table:
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/3953363387.html
Thanks waho6o9 for this find. I like it that it is sturdy: top is kitchen counter with a laminate top, mounted on a cabinet. Yes, it will require more work, and possibly will be a pain to finish because I still need to build a couple of fences or maybe buy them all made like reedwood suggested , fit the router, add a switch, etc … But for $40, was worth a try and a good compromise between building from scratch and buying “ready made”. I love the other simple “no frills” plans mentioned, but don’t have enough tools nor experience, maybe will try it some day. :)

Thank you all for your welcomes and your thoughtful advice, very much appreciated!

-- Christine G., Northern California

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 10:31 PM

You’re welcome Christine!

I’m glad it all worked out for you. :)

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knotscott

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 10:01 AM

Congrats, but now you’ve gotta take some pics since the seller (correctly) deleted the link after you bought it! Sounds like a good move…you get a taste of building it yourself with a lot less hassle.

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

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HerbC

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#11 posted 07-25-2013 03:53 PM

Yep, Rule Number Two: No pictures, it didn’t happen!

Rule Number One: Projects must be made out of WOOD!

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Choupinette

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 04:11 PM

Thank you Herb for the reminder, so sorry for the accident. I plan to be very very careful and take my time doing anything. To tell the truth, I’m a bit nervous about using such powerful tools, and I think it’s not a bad thing altogether.

I have a question about gloves/no gloves that I have posted on a new topic (“Safety: gloves or no gloves?”) in the Safety in the Woodworking Shop forum.

And yes, I will post pictures! :)

-- Christine G., Northern California

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 07-25-2013 04:12 PM

Gloves + machinery = hospital visit.

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