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Forum topic by Eddy posted 03-25-2009 04:24 AM 2349 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2009 04:24 AM

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I would like to add a router table to my bench and table saw set up. I am planning on putting the table saw tight to my work bench so I can handle panels easier and the router table just beside it. Any suggestions on a set up and a router table plan or model? I will probably need a drill press pretty soon too. Money is for sure an issue. Suggestions?

-- Edward

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 05:26 AM

As I recall, you did a swell Bathroom Vanity(?)

I’d think this being a woodworking website and you being able to do a little something with wood, you might think of building a router table yourself. There’s tons of self made router tables here on the site for inspiration.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 05:34 AM

since space is an issue for you, have you considered having a router table integrated into your table saw? (also , I’m not sure which table saw you have) do a search here, there are some example for that, and there are also some workbenches that integrate both table saw (portable) and router table into their top for an “ultimate” work bench kind of a thing.

Drill press depends on your needs – will a benchtop drill press be sufficient for your needs? the limitation will be the width of parts you can fit under it (distance between the center of drill, to the drill press column) – most benchtop drill presses are 12” whereas a floor model can reach 20”. If all you’ll use the drill press is to drill in 2×4 , 2×10 material then a bench model will be more than enough, but if you’ll be doing drilling in larger panels and such, you might hit it’s limits and are better off with a floor model.

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 05:09 PM

Periodically Harbor Freight puts their benchtop drill presses 38119 on sale for $40. Between now and May 31 you can use this coupon for and additional 20% off.

I have this drill press and you can beat it for the money, especially when the money is < $40. The motor is probably worth that. Still, it’s Harbor Freight.

I also have a floor standing craftsman drill press and keep thinking I should get rid of this HF benchtop, but it’s very handy.

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 07:21 PM

I’ve got a 14” floor model bandsaw but I think a table model would be easier for me to use for small items. I might have to go against one of my rules, do not buy anything at HF that uses electricity. Not HF I just found thid one and it looks much better.

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