I have a Ryobi R181FB1. It's a 1 1/2 HP fixed base router that I bought used from a neighbor who is a carpenter. I've done a number of handheld projects (dados, etc); it seems to work well enough, although I need to work slowly and make lots of passes.
I assume I will eventually get a second, more powerful router that I put permanently in the router table, but I am setting up my shop, and thought that building a router table would be a good project, both to help me learn the craft more, and to make more complicated projects accessible to me.
Thanks already, for the quick comments. This is a really amazing forum, and obviously full of smart, compentent folks who are committed to helping one another.