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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of the MLCS 24 x 32 table with fence for $189 shipped. I have a base that will work while I'm building a real base

any thoughts on this table for a newbie?

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Almost any table is better than no table at all.

Which specific model are you considering? What sort of work do you plan to use it for?

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...utertable.html

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Greetings pascal. Have you considered making your own table, lots of fellas have all you need to do is check out some galleries and you will see them. Looking at mlcs is good to get ideas of what to build. When I built mine I went to http://www.routertabledepot.com/index.html and got the kit for the large table. I am not sure I would do that now, I might just get the insert from HF and do the rest myself. One advantage to making your own is it is easier to make changes because you know where you started. Just give it some thought, if you decide to go the home made route we will help you at every step. The whole thing is for us all to succeed and be the best wood workers we can be.

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I'm looking at the 24x32 MDF table with a melanime top.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops.../tabletop.html

I was going to go with the smaller version (24x16), but I'm worried that when I get the experience to make cabinet doors it will be too small

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...ble_tab_anchor

As far as what I'm planning on doing - for now building 3 toy chests, book shelves, strim, and some plain jane doors. Once I gain some comfort and experience: island for the kitchen, a new base for the master bedroom and kitchen cabinet doors.

thanks for the help!

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I like the idea of building my own table - For the time being I would like to get some experience with a table so that I better understand what I would like in a table. Does that make sense?
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Build your own and you will learn and not be sorry. I learned a lot, and much of my table was parts I had left over from when I was a casework project manager, but I would still do it again. Just check out the Router Table Depot and save as much as you can "$" you'll need it other places like bits, material and all that.

BTW if you are just starting out, do some small dumb meaningless projects at first. (Now that makes sense challenge to make a "Router Table" then make the "small" suggestion!!) Well The table is just a couple pieces piece of MDF glued together ie a 3/4 and 1/2 together or 3/4 over 3/4 plywood and use a couple saw horses if need be, I mean clamp it down and go to town. The hardest part is the cut out and if you blow that just get some poplar and line the opening with that and try again, how do you suppose I know that one? Been there done that! Give it some thought. If you decide the store built one is best go for that too. The bottom line is to get started and to SIBKIS (see it big and keep it simple). (Might have to add that to my signature.)

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Pascal, the one you're looking at:

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops.../tabletop.html

seems serviceable enough, and would get you started quickly. It's similar to units available at Rockler and various other sources.

I agree that the larger table surface is probably better, if you have space for it.

FWIW, when I bought mine (a Rockler top on sale for a bit less than the MLCS), there were several factors I considered:

1. thickness of table (you want it to be very stable, so it won't sag at all under the weight of the router),

2. size and material of the plate to which the router is attached (the more rigid the better, especially with large, heavy routers),

3. the size and design of the fence,

4. the size of the maximum bit opening. (important for raised-panel bits, and such)

I considered building my own top, but the cost of the plates alone was a key factor. In general, they all seem way over-priced for what they are when purchased separately. I would have preferred a 3/8" aluminum plate, but settled on the 1/4" aluminum plate included with the Rockler top I bought.

Another factor to consider is whether the plate is pre-drilled for the router you intend to use. While you can drill it yourself, exact centering and hole placement can be tricky.

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All - taking into account some of the shared wisdom I went with the rocket 24x32 with an alluminum insert and guide bishong inserts.

Thanks for the help!
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