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|12-23-2014 08:54 AM|
My first router table was a scrap piece of Formica covered 3/4" plywood that I got from a countertop installer (a kitchen sink cut-out). I squared up the rough cut edges and drilled holes in the center of it to mount a fixed base router. A 2 X 4 with one jointed edge and a notch for clearance around the router bit, held in place with C clamps was my router fence. I placed it between saw horses to use it and it worked quite well. I later built a stand for it out of 2 X 4 and used it for years that way. |
It doesn't take much to make a pretty versatile, and cheap, router table.
|12-22-2014 02:45 PM|
Hi Joshua |
As far as router tables go, a router table can be as simple as a piece of 3/4in plywood or melamine with the router screwed-on underneath and a piece of pine baseboard (skirting), a screw and a G-clamp for a fence. The DW621/DW622 require a fine depth adjuster to allow you to do this - these, together with the fence were bundled with mine when I bought it, but I don't know if that's the case in the USA. You can tell I'm a carpenter, but I've moulded I don't know how much material with a simple set-up like that. Not much to look at, but good enough to get you started. You can always build yourself a real humdinger of a table later, when you really know what you want.
Can't say how well or badly the Bosch compares. Fixed base routers aren't very popular over here so we don't really see them very often. Even Bosch sell about 95% plungers in this market
|12-22-2014 11:01 AM|
|old woodworker||Dewalt tools are primarily made for the construction trades. If you are just starting out in woodworking and you can afford to buy the better brand tools, believe me, you will never regret doing so. As far as building a router table, if you can acquire a set of plans for "Norm Abrams-New Yankee Workshop" router table as I did some twenty years ago, you will never regret doing so. I still use mine from all these years ago---I am not a fan of all these new designs.|
|12-22-2014 10:16 AM|
|DesertRatTom||1617 reconditioned by Bosch is a terrific tool. I'm not much of a DeWalt fan anymore. Someone bought them out and I just don't like the build anymore. The Bosch also has an option to use its fixed base as a table mount that allows you to adjust the bit height from above the table. Table tops are pretty easy to make, but you'll probably want to buy an aluminum base, which requires routing out an opening with ledge first. You can do it, it will teach you a lot about routing in the process. Look up some of the plans on the site, and also look at some youtube videos of the process. Its the kind of project that gives you confidence AND skills. As to reconditioned, with Bosch you get like new.|
|12-21-2014 11:38 PM|
|12-21-2014 11:25 PM|
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Originally Posted by al m View Post
|12-21-2014 11:13 PM|
|12-21-2014 10:39 PM|
I'm with Stick on this one |
That's one heck of a router for the price !
|12-21-2014 09:59 PM|
Factory Reconditioned Bosch 1617EVSPK-RT 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit
|12-21-2014 09:44 PM|
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Router for 200
Hello! Needing a new router. I would like a table but I might have to shop locally for that. I'm currently not good enough to build one yet. I do like Dewalt, but I often wonder if I'm not paying a little extra sometimes for the brand name. Any advice would be great! Thank you!
Oh, I would also like the plunge function.