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hello all, new to the forum and to woodworking. my wife wants to get me a router table for xmas....
here is what im looking for i really want to do the funky dovetail templates from mcls (heart shapes etc) according to the website and when i spoke to the gentleman certain tables wont work (ryobi for example)
as i have been looking at other tables im getting more and more confused lol
i want a decent sturdy table that i can do the mcls templates on but will also be a good all around table.
i do need to keep it in the $150-200 dollar range.
i have a skil router now but can upgrade that if needed!
help please and if you have pictures that would be helpful as well....would rather not build my own at this point!
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Hi hlander and welcome. All a table is is a flat surface with a router mounted under it. A fence can be as simple as a board with a cut out where the bit has to go that is clamped to the table and you can take my word for it when I tell you that more than one of us has gone that route at some point. Quite a few of us have built our own tables and there are volumes written about doing that stored in our archives.

I'm not familiar witrh he requirements of the MCLS system so I'm not sure why it wasn't compatible with the Ryobi table. Bosch and Kreg both offer tables that are in that price range. I think Grizzly offers one too.
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Thanks for the reply. That's why I'm confused I thought they are all basically a table with a hole lol. I spoke to them and they said it had to do with the faceplate not being able to accommodate a template bushing guide?
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I have a Rockler table and want to switch the mounting plate out with a larger one that has a twist lock insert. That makes it easier to switch out matched pair bits. The Rockler table's opening is smaller than the Woodpecker plate, and it is shallower. So I suggest you check for the type of mounting plate that will work best for you, then make sure the table is pre fitted. Because I want the convenience of the twist lock insert, I have to rout out the opening and then reinforce the thinner edges of the opening and reset the leveling screws. Without the reinforcement, there is just a bit more than 1/4 inch lip supporting the plate, and no reason to expect it to hold well.

This is why I suggest you make a choice about mounting plate first, then choose a top that's the right size to begin with. It sounds like you're fairly ambitious about your woodworking hobby, so you might as well avoid as many costly mistakes as you can.

One other thing, put your money into the top, fence and mounting plate. You can make a simple cabinet to mount the top on for very little money, using a circular saw and straight edge and fairly cheap plywood. Later you can add door, drawers and dust collection. Great to have your wife encouraging you. Mine has really enjoyed and encouraged my woodworking hobby (addiction).
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Gahhh now I'm even more confused about faceplates etc lol. I need it dumbed down a lot for me right now haha. Why would I need to change faceplates ?
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I believe all those other tables have insert plates. The Ryobi may not, it may be like the old Sears tables. All the insert plates I'm familiar with have removable sets of center rings. Usually the smallest one is to fit guide bushings to and the others are for larger bits. Most of us like to keep the opening close to the size of the bit we are using if possible and that is what the extra rings are for.

Most routers are also made to accept guide bushings but I can't say for sure about the Skil. It is one of the cheapest routers and subsequently has some of the fewest features as a rule. Large routers often use a bolt on guide bushing adapter plate that holds the bushings which allows a large base opening to be able to use larger bits. Whenever you use bushings you need to ceneter them with the router base so you'll need a line up tool. The basic one is cheap, around $7 last time I looked at one. One of my routers came with one. it is just a shaft that is 1/4" on one end and 1/2" on the other and you put it in the router's collet and slip the appropriate size bushing on the other end then tighten everything in place.

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This comes down to what type of reducer inserts the table (or insert plate) are available that accepts a Porter Cable style bushing guide. I know both Incra and Woodpecker both offer plates that have these types of reducer rings for purchase, on the higher end, but there are probably other less expensive plates that also can accept the bushings. With your budget range, you may want to consider getting one of those insert plates, and then build your own table.

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H here is the Grizzly table with the insert plate I mentioned the smallest ring in it, the red one, is designed to fit guide bushings into. You remove that ring to use larger bits. https://www.grizzly.com/products/Rou...ce=grizzly.com

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this is the table they sell it $170 plus shipping...it also accepts the power lifts etc (170 with the aluminum insert plate)? good starter table?



Router Table Features
A 9-1/32" x 12-3/32" Phenolic or Aluminum Router Insert Plate with removable rings that allow different size openings
Two Aluminum T-Track Slots and One Aluminum Miter Slot
The T-Track Slots allow attachment of featherboards or jigs to the fence
Split Fence has a dust port and adapter for standard Shop Vac hoses
Hex head adjusting screws to level magnetic insert to top
Sturdy 1" thick table top has a durable 24" x 16" MDF and Melamine surface with banded edges
Router Fence Features
High Split Fence with a MDF core and melamine surface, allows edge routing for safer vertical routing
Router Fence features 24" long anodized aluminum angle to keep the fence at 90° (within 0.010") for accuracy
Measuring tape on top of fence reads both right to left and left to right, allowing easy measurements
Durable plastic safety guard
Works with our Miter Gauge (#9458)
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Ah that grizzly table looks pretty nice as well!!
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