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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-02-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! New Bosch Colt owner here. Never had routed anything before, but happy with my first work making shelves with a finished edge out of oak.

So Im kind of hooked, and have a bunch of other projects to use this on. I found that this unit had more than enough power to do what I want to do, and therefore Im not necessarily inclined to go invest in a $200+ 2.5+HP router when I really like and have barely gotten use out of this one.

But I see the need for a table coming along. I like the Bosch RA1181 table, and think it would be a good option, but I can't really get to the bottom of how Id mount the colt to it. Im truly brand new to all this, so any advice would be appreciated. Im not really a woodworker by any stretch of the imagination from a basis of experience. All I've done is mitre cut crown moulding, nothing else really ever. So Im not really sure of all the parts and components, and I wouldn't count on my ability to build a table...

Is there a way to adapt my colt to a table like the 1181? Then if I ever get a larger router, I can always mount it on?

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Hi, John; welcome!
We've had this chat here before...I like my little Ryobi trim router, but I recognize it's power limitations. Having burned out my share of electric motors through overworking them, just let me say that the little routers were never intended to do the same work as their big could conceivably end up buying TWO new routers!

(I melted the plastic bearing mounts on a 4" high speed Makita grinder. I was sanding old paint; the service dept. told me I had 'mistreated ' the machine by letting it overheat. My response was,"So, if this is a problem, why isn't there a THERMAL OVERLOAD device on it?!"
They shut up and replaced it.)
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Hi John

I would suggest you get the table below for your Colt and make a cabinet base for it if you want to I have one mounted in a table and it's great setup,see it in my uploads..

The error with the Colt is the very small mounting bolt pattern,by the way the Colt will do many jobs just like a 2hp routers..don't need a tank of a router most of the time.

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Like BJ said the Rockler table is a nice compact set up that will handle your needs for now. You might consider building your own table and there are lots of ideas on the forums for that.

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