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Hello all. This is my first post on any kind of forum anywhere. My question is about router tables. i already have a dewlt 625 which is a superb machine if a bit heavy. however i now need a router table and a new router. Triton is top of the list at the moment but i dont now which to put in the table or indeed whether to make my own.
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... or indeed whether to make my own.
Hi Ian:

Welcome to the world of a myriad of opinions. On the topic of router tables, there are two primary schools of thought,

On the do it yourself side the arguments are:

1. you learn
2. it reflects your needs better than any manufactured table could
3. it "fits" into your shop because you made it fit
4. each generation of table you build reflects your increased knowledge and skill
5. each generation of table reflects the current state of your equipment, improving as each new tool is added to the collective effort of your shop
6. each generation of table demonstrates the care and skill that you put into a project like the craftspeople of yesteryear who created tools of artistry and tremendous skill.

on the "buy it" side the arguments are:

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Hello Ian: Great place to find ideas about tables Oak Park is the place that supported the Router Workshop program. The tables used on the program are still owned today. i'll post a link, and You can see there table. I built one like theirs, and I love mine. Two pieces of osb, covered with formica on both sides make it tops. Take a look: Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue

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Shopping for one gave me sticker shock. I built mine, in large part because I don't have a shop and store my tools in the house, and set them up in the yard when I want to make piles of sawdust. Mine is just a large table top (27 x 51 inches) with an Incra LS-17 attached to it. I set it across a couple of sawhorses when I use it. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done.
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the link was a big help thanks
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if you want to get going routering. Buy and get started? I have the router work shop router table that i bought. I have had 4 wood shop's over the yrs. So no problum building one. I just wanted to get started. I have 5 router's and 4 tables . I make jewelry box's and dovetale and pin's on each one. I guess i didn't need the experence. good luck

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thanks mate ive already started the build though
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