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routers&router tables. Hello! I am a VERY new to woodworking as it is just a hobby,but I love it! I have an OLD craftsman 3.5 hp.plunge router that should have thrust vectoring on it to control torque because i can not pick it up without firing it up. Anyway I want to get a new router and table.Should I buy one, what should I buy. Should I make one,if so what size should the top be to fit after market accessories like T-tracks. From what I have read doubled up MDF. seems to be a popular choice.Any comments will be GREATLY appreciated. THANK YOU for your time.
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I'm a fan of Bosch 1617 2.25 HP which comes in a kit with fixed and plunge bases. You can use the fixed base under the table, although I prefer a lift. I bought Rockler's router table, top and FX lift (on sale) as a package and really like the combination. The fence on it is aluminum with MDF/melamine surface. On other boards you'll find the two adapters needed to use guides. This combo has never had a problem with power. The Bosch used to have a power switch problem, but that seems to have been fixed since the complaints are on older machines. I got the kit at Lowes. I like it better than the PC personally, although you'll find plenty of PC fans. I just don't like the helical height adjustment. The Bosch fixed base has a very find knob adjustment that is very precise.
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I just finished building my own router table and it is sooo much better than the store bought one that I had when I lived in the USA (Craftsman router table). I used 2x4's for the legs, cross braces and table top support. I used a piece of kitchen counter top (free from a remodel) that is 36 inches long by 24 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick. I made the framework 32 inches ( 2 inch overhang both sides for the fence clamp downs would have something to grab ) x 22 inches by 40 inches high ( I am 6 foot tall and do not want to keep bent over while making sawdust ). I used a hole saw to make an opening for the threaded rod for the router lift. I then router'ed out the hole 1 inch deep so a washer and double nuts would be below the table top. With a rebate bit I recessed the hole for a piece of plastic (free from a company that makes poly doors and windows..just scraps). Using the hole saw again on the plastic, I chucked it into my drill and at a slow speed spun it against sandpaper until it fit the lift hole perfectly. I then installed the router on the carrage that I built, ran the router, with a plunge bit up (using the treaded rod lift) until it contacted the underside. Remove the top, flip it over and drill thru to the topside. Using a bit that is designed to do kitchen counter top installs, I routered out the opening for the router to come thru and then rebated it for the next piece of plastic. There are loads of video's on Youtube (search router tables) and alot of my build came from ideas from watching them. Good luck on whichever way you go and welcome to the addictive woodworking world
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