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does craftsman make a quality router table?
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Craftsman doesn't make router tables, they're farmed out to the lowest bidder. You have two choices, throw money at the wall and see if it sticks or take some time to learn how to make your own. Tables are an evolution that keep pace with your learning.

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May I make a suggestion? If you are looking for a good-quality router table at a reasonable price, you might want to consider the Oak Park table. In addition to being the one used by The Router Workshop guys (Bob & Rick), many here have them and love them. You won't be sorry you bought it. They may be seen at Oak Park Enterprises Ltd. - Router Table, Router, Router Bits, Router Jigs, Router Accessories: Home

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does craftsman make a quality router table?
As pointed out they do contract out now ( as they do for all their tools now days ) They still offer a couple "semi-quality" tables that I have laid eyes on recently. Both have fold up legs I believe as well.
One has an aluminum extruded top: Sears Item# 00961181000 | Model# 61181 The other is MDF : Sears Item# 00928130000 | Model# 28130.

Both are sort of small though. I think they are around 24" long x 14 - 16" wide.
I think they are $199 and $99 respectively. They also sell Kregg tables. Both fold up and rigid stands.

New years weekend I'll be carrying one back with me from my stepfathers house actually. Its brand new and comes with a brand new 2 hp router. He's had it for some time but his health went down hill and never even opened the boxes. Gave it to me to get some use out of it. I believe its Sears Item# 00961181000 | Model# 61181
I'll let you know how it is.
It will be nice having two tables though I think. Space providing that is. ( if I can make some ! LOL )
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Hi Duane,

I had one of those "MDF" tables they sell. Note the keyword, "had". I ended up salvaging it. The fasteners pulled out, difficult to change bits, to be honest, the only thing I kept was the fence. That was a solid piece of aluminum with 2 pieces of MDF and shims to create an offset fence. Plus it had the vac hookup at the fence. I wish you the best of luck with yours.

Would I recommend a sears table? NO. I have been and do push the OP table. As Jim stated, it's a solid table and IMHO, it's a top quality table. Does it have all the bells whistles? No. It WILL do the same job as those that do and at a cheaper price. I've had mine for a good number of yrs. Still going strong. No issues with it at all.

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I think what I'll have next weekend is the aluminum table, not the MDF.
Doesn't mean it'll be any better, but like I said I'll let yall know.

As far as cheap tables go I like the Ryobi intermediate table.
If you go with a Rockler plate, and change the miter track to an aluminum track you have a decent table.
For around $176 after the upgrading you get a split fence, bit guard, vacuum port, power center with two outlets, laminated top, feather board, starting pin, and one insert. Just add your own router.
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Thanks. I'm looking forward to getting started.
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Duane,
I've been looking for a router table that will fit between the rails of my table saw.
I think the model 61181 will.
In my opinion, though, it is too expensive at $199. I think I'll just get the top ordered from Sears, if available, and build my own fence. Do you have a manual for it, with the parts breakdown?
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Duane,
I've been looking for a router table that will fit between the rails of my table saw.
I think the model 61181 will.
In my opinion, though, it is too expensive at $199. I think I'll just get the top ordered from Sears, if available, and build my own fence. Do you have a manual for it, with the parts breakdown?



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