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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-11-2016, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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I just got an old Makita 3612 BR router and I'm looking for a router table. Can someone give me some advice which ones would be appropriate? I'm looking at Bosch 1171 or 1181 or something in that price neighborhood. I keep reading that plunge routers should not be installed in router tables. I'm sure there are good reasons for that but I haven't figured them out yet. Some help, please.
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Hello Ed welcome to the router forum.
I and a lot of member have installed plunge router to tables usually you have to remove the springs to relieve the tension so they're not too hard to raise and lower.

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Ed, it all depends on the router and how you like to work. You can remove the springs from the Makita and table mount it with good results. The only plunge model Bosch recommends for table mounting is the 1619. For the most part people mount fixed base routers in tables and take advantage of the through the table height adjustment; I am not one of them. It is faster to pop a router out of the table to make changes in bits or set up.

I have always recommended the Grizzly T10432 router table for those who want to buy. It has features most people want and I believe it is still about $160 delivered.

You should spend some time researching router tables and figure out which features are important to you. I prefer Router Workshop style tables and methods while others do not. You can view my Economy table in my Gallery here:
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Welcome, Ed...1181 is a good table, nice split fence, and parts are still available.

Couple of things to note, however...sliding featherboards in from the top is a bit of a PITA as the in/outfeed fences stick out some and a spacer is necessary (supplied) between the featherboard and the slot. The in/outfeed fences are MDF and if you're not careful, the carriage bolts that mount and allow for adjustment may strip the MDF by turning within the square hole. Table is aluminum, good plate adjustment but you will need to wax often to keep the aluminum from marking up your wood.

Dust collection is good...I have a Triton mounted in mine.

Many here build their own tables...gets you what you want in height, tabletop space, storage (if cabinet), etc... for the same or far less money....


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Ed if I was to use that router , I would build my own router table .Something very basic until I could get enough funds for a router better suited for a table mount , and keep that one for plunge routing .
You can keep it super simple if you want . I had my Porter cable 690 mounted under a piece of mdf on my contractors saw extension , and it worked for what I needed .
You can easily make a fence and clamp it in the position you need it

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I have the Grizz Mike suggested. No complaints. Reasonable price and gets the job done.

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Thanks a lot for all the advice, I really appreciate that.
I had asked for the Bosch 1181 because I may have a chance to get a used one for cheap.
Thanks again.
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Ed back, have been out of circulation for a while.
Regarding the install of my Makita 3612BR into a Bosch RA-1181, it should not be impossible, right? Does anyone have a link how the install should be done correctly?
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Ed when I first started I used a piece of 3/4" plywood with a hole cut in it and the router mounted to the plywood. I then laid it on a 55 gallon drum. Then I used a straight piece of lumber for a fence. Yes it was crude but it worked very nice. When you aren't rolling in money you do what you can.
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