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One of my routers is a Craftsman mounted on a small stamped alum basic table with a fence and nothing else. Should I toss this and build a more suitable table from plans that are offered on here? I have another router for free hand use. I'm new to routers, just starting to get set up.
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Hi John. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

I wouldn't necessarily toss your Craftsman table, but I would certainly think about building a new one in the future. The Craftsman table is a great starting point, but it does have limitations. The aluminum will leave black marks on the wood, if you want to use guide bushings you are limited to the flimsy ones available from Craftsman as they are non-standard size. And, if it's like mine, the opening in the fence is HUGE!! I clamp a piece of mdf to the face of my fence to create a zero clearance fence.

Use your table, get comfortable with it and using the router. Then use it to build your first table. Then, put it away on the shelf until you need it again. Someday you will find you will benefit from 2 tables with different setups for a big project.

If you need ideas, or want to see what everyone else is building, check out this thread: Wanted pictures of your table Just some amazing pictures and ideas that people have incorporated into their tables.


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