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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,
l would just like to introduce myself. I feel very humble amongst all you experts. I was medically retired from the MOD (Army) after 23 yrs service. As I get a reasonable pension + bonuses I've decided to turn big time to my hobby, namely do-it-your-self. I have always been pretty good with basic woodworking skills and love small projects. Now I have time on my hands I would like to invest in more satisfying projects. I have just purchased a new plunge router , mitre saw and other power tools . I have always been fascinated with the versitility of the router and would dearly love to master it.
The sort of questions I will ask will be of amusement to some as I am totally new to router work. Firstly is it worth investing in a bench top router table or do you suggest making one. Having seen the basic tables for as little as 40 pounds I am wondering if I could build my own as cheap with decent timber?
Hope you will all be understanding of my lack of knowledge.
All the best.
Richard.
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Experts? Here? Yeah, right.

I've been building and using my shop since retiring a bit over 3 years ago and love it. I've gotten a lot of help here.

We had a small debate here recently about the cost of building versus buying a router table. I guess the subject is unresolved. I have built 2 tables and one cabinet that I recently finished. There is a lot of satisfaction building your own. Once you have the insert, and a template for it, you can build as many as you want, adding to them things that you didn't include in the last one.

Here's a link to my last one, a cabinet style. Only took a few days to cut and dado the wood, then put it together.
http://www.routerforums.com/axlmyks-...e-cabinet.html

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Welcome to the forum Richard. There are a lot of guys here with more experience with table routers than me but here's my two penn'orth.
I have a Triton router and bought it with the manufacturer's table.
Nothing wrong with it and it has some very good features but the more I use it, the more I realise its limitations (size, lack of T track etc.). So the next thing will be to build my own table.
I'm not sure what kind of table you'd get for 40 pounds but it sounds a bit cheap to me.
Have a look through the posts and see some of the great tables some of our members have built and think about the kind of work you want to do with it before you decide.

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W e l c o m e . . A b o a r d !!

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Welcome to the forum Richard. I think a lot of whether to buy or build will depend on how and how often you will use it. It your focus is mainly on hobby type projects an inexpensive table should be ok. If you get into more detailed work a custom built table will give you more versatility. You can build it the way you want it.
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Welcome to Router Forums. There is nothing wrong with buying a router table set up bud building your own is pretty satisfying and you can do it your way and what you want. Hope you enjoy the forums!

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Welcome Richard.

I am also new & joined a few weeks back. Everyone is willing to assist in any way they can. Please feel free to ask any questions you feel appropriate. If there is something you don't know or understand, there are a few others like me that probably just hasn't asked it yet.

And may I add, Thank You for your years of service. We can never say enough thanks to our soldiers.

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Hi all,
I would like to thank you all for your welcome posts and now I don't feel like I have joined you all at too lower level After all we have to start somewhere. I must admit I am in ore of some of your workshops and equipment. Having read some of your posts I think I will purchase a basic table to begin with. When I get more confident and remembered half of what I have learnt in the past I will tackle a home made table.
Thanks again and I look forward to sharing with you all.
Regards Richard.
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Hi all,
I would like to thank you all for your welcome posts and now I don't feel like I have joined you all at too lower level After all we have to start somewhere. I must admit I am in ore of some of your workshops and equipment. Having read some of your posts I think I will purchase a basic table to begin with. When I get more confident and remembered half of what I have learnt in the past I will tackle a home made table.
Thanks again and I look forward to sharing with you all.
Regards Richard.
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