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Forum topic by vr6slper posted 03-11-2009 01:02 AM 4177 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2009 01:02 AM

I’m looking to get a router table and came across the KREG PRECISION ROUTER TABLE. I like the self squaring fence but the price is very high. Im looking to get a similar style router table, if anyone has any recommendations I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks – DAN

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#1 posted 03-11-2009 02:04 AM

There are plenty of excellent router tables on the market for less money than the Kreg. I won’t dispute that Kreg makes fine products, but that seems awfully steep. IMO, the “self squaring fence” is sales hype. It doesn’t matter with a router, unless you’re using the miter slot, say, to run rails and stiles. There is only one point of contact with the router bit so it doesn’t matter if the fence is angled. In fact, I often do that when I’m running longer lengths of picture frame molding.

I have a MLCS router table mounted to the right wing of my table saw. That way I don’t have another floor stand in the shop and I know the router table is mounted rock solid. I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $175 for the table, fence and insert. I am thinking about switching out the phenolic plate for aluminum, though.

You won’t go wrong with Kreg’s quality. There are other tables on the market that are just as good.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#2 posted 03-11-2009 02:21 AM

I just bought a Rockler bench top table. I really can’t give you a full review on it yet, but from what little I’ve used it, it seems to be rock solid.

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#3 posted 03-11-2009 03:05 AM

I started out with a Rockler table and it worked great. Still does. But I finally broke down a built one of my own design. I’ll take some pictures and post it soon. I used some features from one in FWW, some from Norm and some of my own interpretations. That being said, I’m like you, the Kreg is a bit expensive. Woodpecker does make some great products. Then there’s BenchDog which is a great product also, but about in line with the Kreg as far as price goes. If you want to go cheaper, then a Rockler top with a home built bottom will work great. If you went that route, you could save money and get a router with an above-the-table adjustment and bit changing capability such as the Triton 2 1/4hp. CharlieM1958 did a great review on that particular router. And of course there are others that provide for above the table adjustment and bit changing. Well, is it clear as mud now…..

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 03-11-2009 06:44 AM

Make one, seriously. I did it with a horrible universal motor table saw and a router.

If you don’t want to bother with a fancy fence a jointed board and 2 clamps works more than well enough for many people.

Those commercial systems just seem too thin, small top, etc for the money. I think I put about 50 bucks into mine and that includes the aluminum plate that I scraped flat to mount everything to

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#5 posted 03-11-2009 01:09 PM

The top on my Rockler is way too small.

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#6 posted 03-11-2009 01:19 PM

What about Lee Valley?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 03-11-2009 03:29 PM

If you are looking for something inexpensive, I’ve been very happy with my cheapo Ryobi from HD.

I plan to build my own one of these days, but this one works so well, I have a hard time putting that project at the top of my to-do list.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-11-2009 03:51 PM

What about make one your own?

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#9 posted 03-11-2009 04:02 PM

I had a Craftsman portable router table with a Craftsman router mounted in it for many years, it worked good because it didn’t take up much space and I usually set it up ontop of the table saw on the table board side, if it gets in my way of sawing operations, I just simply remove it without haveing to remove the fence and drop the router down which would obviously mess up the setup, but the insert I could never get leveled to the table, and the whole setup was too light, not enough mass to soak up any vibrations. So a couple years ago I got the router table bug and decided that a dedicated table took up too much space in the shop, the table saw router wing extension was tempting but I could just see it geting in my way someday when I need the room on the saw. So I decided that I would look for a portable router table since the old one worked good. The first thing I bought was a Freud fence, then I bought a Woodpeckers Aluminum insert plate with the additional 8 pc ringset, I liked the looks of the Kreg portable router table, but they wouldn’t sell me just the stand, so I made one like it from a old discarded radial arm stand, the adustable feet I simply just used 1/2” bolts with rubber crutch tips over the head of the bolt, When it warms up outside, hopefully soon, I plan to paint the stand smoke gray. I put a Porter-Cable 890 router in it, and stole the power switch from the old table and added it to the new table. The top, I had some 1 1/4” thick MDF office cubicle desktop material that is laminated on both sides with a rubber bumper type edge. I’m very happy with the new router table, it has some wieght to it, and the top is flat, but I will say it took ALOT of time to build, and by the time I was done I had alot of money wraped up into it, I don’t know if I’d do it again, I don’t think I saved much money by building one, but I got exactly what I wanted. I would recommend to anyone the Woodpeckers aluminum plate, in my opinion it’s top notch.

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#10 posted 03-12-2009 04:10 AM

The Kreg Precision system is not self squaring. They had one in Woodcraft the other day, and I was messing with it. One end had the fancy slide system with the push down lock. The other end just has a slot with a screw down clamp.

I tried the lock system, and it didn’t look square to me, so I pulled out my trusty tape measure to check, and sure enough—it wasn’t.

One of the systems I saw had measuring tapes on both sides of the table. That is what I am leaning to now.

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 02:58 AM

Everyone thanks for all the info. Im looking to pick up the Triton 2 1/4 hp router. I was thinking of mounting it to my table saw but the Benchdog Pro Max is almost as expensive as the Kreg Router Table. Does anyone have an plans for a router table?

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