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Hi All,
I've been doing carpentry for about a year and have experience in a pretty wide array of tasks. I've used a router for simple stuff like roundovers, and making simple shoe molding. I recently made a simple hand rail on a really crappy table.

I'd like very much to get into basic cabinetry, with the goal of mostly building nice stuff for myself (someday new kitchen cabinets, an entertainment armoire, garage tool chests, etc...)

What is the best place to start in terms of a good table? I could theoretically build my own bench, but it sounds like after going to all the time and expense, I might as well just buy a new $200 Bosch thing or something. Or am I dead wrong?

I'm pretty picky and like to have everything high quality, even if I'm not doing this professionally, but at the same time I'd like to not spend much more than max. $500 for table, router, and bits, maybe a few accessories.

Could you guys please steer me in the right direction? Get an insert plate and make the table and fence? Buy one?

What kind of router do you all recommend? 2+ hp?

Thanks a lot,
Ben
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Be patient, There lots of very lerned people out there that can be more help than I, it will be interesting and educational, Frank Lee ,Kingman Az.
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Greetings Ben and welcome to the router forum. To buy or to build, now there is a question?? It helps to know what you want to do with it and it seems you have listed a few of the items. Building was my route and I learned a lot doing it. I think buying limits how you might change things later on. It more than likely will cost less building the basic table thus giving you more $$$$ for add-onís later on. I am sure you will get plenty of help from the forum which ever you choose.

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Hi All,
I've been doing carpentry for about a year and have experience in a pretty wide array of tasks. I've used a router for simple stuff like roundovers, and making simple shoe molding. I recently made a simple hand rail on a really crappy table.

I'd like very much to get into basic cabinetry, with the goal of mostly building nice stuff for myself (someday new kitchen cabinets, an entertainment armoire, garage tool chests, etc...)

What is the best place to start in terms of a good table? I could theoretically build my own bench, but it sounds like after going to all the time and expense, I might as well just buy a new $200 Bosch thing or something. Or am I dead wrong?

I'm pretty picky and like to have everything high quality, even if I'm not doing this professionally, but at the same time I'd like to not spend much more than max. $500 for table, router, and bits, maybe a few accessories.

Could you guys please steer me in the right direction? Get an insert plate and make the table and fence? Buy one?

What kind of router do you all recommend? 2+ hp?

Thanks a lot,
Ben

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