1617 reconditioned by Bosch is a terrific tool. I'm not much of a DeWalt fan anymore. Someone bought them out and I just don't like the build anymore. The Bosch also has an option to use its fixed base as a table mount that allows you to adjust the bit height from above the table. Table tops are pretty easy to make, but you'll probably want to buy an aluminum base, which requires routing out an opening with ledge first. You can do it, it will teach you a lot about routing in the process. Look up some of the plans on the site, and also look at some youtube videos of the process. Its the kind of project that gives you confidence AND skills. As to reconditioned, with Bosch you get like new.