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09-16-2014 04:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router router table rockler

For those of you who have experience with router tables. How do you feel about this basic deal?

I do not do much work with the router but would like to maximize the Dewalt 618 I bought a little more. Would this be a good basic router table for a novice wood worker for quite a while? Thanks for your thoughts.


-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#1 posted 09-16-2014 04:41 PM

Worth is in the eye of the beholder. I prefer the make your own deal.

A couple sheets of ply and a bit of mdf and formica. There ya go!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 04:42 PM

Depends on whether or not you get “router syndrome” or not.

For some of us, it has become our favorite tool in the shop.

I would suggest building your own after looking around on the internet for a design you like or that you feel you can expand upon, should the urge come upon you.

Home tool stations like this are great practice for other projects that may actually leave the garage and sit in the house.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 09-16-2014 04:45 PM

Comes down to time and money as well as what tools you’ve also got, I’ve got mine in a wing of the TS and don’t really have room for a table like this, but, I got my router before my TS and bought a POS Vermont American benchtop router table which I used heavily, so If you don’t have the tools and current practice to build your own, this is a good deal to go straight to learning how to work with a table to learn what you’ll want when you get to build your own.

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#4 posted 09-16-2014 04:50 PM

My first thought was a table like that is going to be loud. The nice thing about an enclosed router table is the sound dampening you get.

Making v.s. buying is a personal preference. Some people love to build tools and others could care less and just want to make furniture. There is value to both and neither is better than the other. If you are set on buying consider getting something that has a closed base so you get a place to store your router stuff and it’ll be quieter too. That open base seems like a lost opportunity for storage too.

Mine is sort of a hybrid.

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#5 posted 09-16-2014 05:00 PM

For the money, it seems like the Kreg table would be better.

Whatever you do, DON’T buy the Bosch table with the metal top. It’s a piece of junk. By the time you finish sorting out all the hardware and assembling it, you could have built a better one from scratch.

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#6 posted 09-16-2014 05:17 PM

I bought the Rockler high pressure laminate table with steel stand about 2 years ago:

I used it more before I had a tablesaw. I still use it for routing profiles, but less for joinery. I believe the table I have was worth the money. The rectangular stand is stable. The fence is reasonably accurate. It appears the router table package you’re looking at has a different table and stand, not sure how they would compare.

The downside of my setup (as mentioned above) is that it’s not enclosed, so dust collection and sound can be a problem. I’m planning to build an enclosure around the stand with some drawers for storage.

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 05:45 PM

It’s like others have said it’s up to each individual and the kind of projects they make. As for me I would never buy a little router table like this because I router long items that would tip this puppy over in a heart beat. I would definitely consider building your own router cabinet with a bigger top ,storage and made to the hight and width that will fit were you want it. There are plenty of examples and plans on the net and here on Ljs to find one that will work for you. Unless you add a lift or a fancy fence (nice to have but not necessary to start) it should cost you less to build one and you will have a customized router table that should meet your needs for years to come.

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#8 posted 09-16-2014 05:48 PM

Overpriced card table.
Look at the bench dog top and fence, then build your own base.

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

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#9 posted 09-16-2014 05:50 PM

Maybe. The top and fence and plate are probably worth that. The stand as a1jim says will tip in a heartbeat. It would probably work while you are building a proper cabinet.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 06:40 PM

It wouldn’t be worth it to me. For far less than $200 you could build a really awesome table with tons of storage for bits and accessories instead of a flimsy table w/ no storage.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 08:53 PM

I agree with Bruce. It may be a stopgap solution until you get your own cabinet built. I bought the top and plate and built my own cabinet. Worked out great for me.

I am concerned a little about the stability of that stand. You could whip out a 2×4 stand for the time being that is more stable.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#12 posted 09-17-2014 06:27 AM

Do you have a table saw??
I bought this router table add-on and love it. It fits most standard table saws.
Comes with fence, aluminum plate and easy to follow instructions to install.
Takes up less room than a stand alone router table. Easy to incorporate your dust collector to your table saw and router all in one. And, oh ya…...a little less money.
Good luck…..............

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 09-17-2014 08:18 AM

I have an older Porter Cable router. The plastic carry box converts to a router table. Anybody try that? I have not been brave enough.

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#14 posted 09-17-2014 11:41 AM

You may want to look at this for a top and make your own base.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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