Ron, your choice of the Bosch 1617 is a good one. You have not made mention of the table you plan to mount it to. You have expressed a concern about dust collection which is very important. You may not be familiar with the Router Workshop table but many forum members own and prefer it for some very good reasons. The table is very solid, easy to transport, has on board bit and guide bushing storage, and the thing that sets it apart from all other tables is the available Vac-u-plate dust collection. There is a real advantage in not having to fight with a dust collection hose over the table. Two dust collection ports channel the dust into a hose under the table top, and this does not interfere with popping the
router out of the table for bit changes or adjustments. This is about as easy as it gets, and everything from the Router Workshop is designed to work as a system. The table top is predrilled with holes to quickly set up the very popular box joint jigs and other fixtures. At first glance the table will seem very spartan, almost primative. Fences attach with special C clamps that have large round knobs for tightening. In truth this is the quickest way to make set ups. You can buy just the table top and build your own table from plans, or purchase the table ready to use. Either way you can build a base cabinet with the enclosed plans, set the table on a bench or simply clamp it to saw horses as I do. The more you learn about routing the more this "Simple is better" approach will appeal to you. In the photo's you will see my Bosch 1617 mounted in the table, and the dust collection ports not in use since I was outside. I hope you find this information useful.
Yes Mike, I did find your post informative. I was planning on building my table as a project and had looked at pictures of tables alot more complex than this "appears". I imagined a larger table with inserts for the fence as well as one infront for a miter slide and featherboards for safety. The Basic router table from Oak Park lacks some of these features. As a novice, I am trying to plan to buy/build the most sensible table and get accessories to make my work as safe as possible with as good of dust control as available.
How important are the features that I mentioned above? How important for router safety are the feather boards I see being advertised? I like the idea of simplicity and can see the value the Oak Park "Basic Router Table". That is the one you are reference to isn't it?
So, if I order a BRT30001 Basic Router Table w/vacu-plate, will I have all I need to do most router work in a safe manner?
Do I need to order the below recommended items?
ISO26 Brass insert
GN02 Locking Ring Nut
BB0730 Brass Measuring Bars
Note: My first project will be the completion of garage cabinets with lots of drawers. Beyond that, I will do something with the table, but not sure of future projects.
I appreciate your detailed suggestions and I value your/and others opinions here on this forum.
and yes, i did do a brief update to my profile.