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I am a little mixed up as a novice with so many tables to choose from. I will be using a Bosch 1617 router for the table.

I note that many if not most router tables offer a T slot/miter slot in the front of the table. I also note that the router table that Oak Park sells does not. I know some here like the Oak Park Table. My question then is....Is the T slot a necessary option that I should get? I am mostly concerned with 2 things, being dust control and safety. Does the use of feather boards in the T slot make the routing on a table that much more safe?

Which tables/fence provide the best dust control?


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I like the split fence with inserts. The insert can be made to fit particular bits & the DC is located behind the insert. It is pretty effective in dust/chip removal.
A good DC system will determine more about the effectiveness, more Hp moves more air. I notice I could use a bigger system with a 4" port.

I had very little dust when I routed this panel. Router table features/safety-rpd12-ras-pnl.jpg
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Ron, T tracks make for an easy way to secure commercial featherboards to your table. They still limit the placement so I still think you are best off not using them. The ability to locate a featherboard anyplace on a table or fence with a clamp makes more sense to me. They are not required. Good dust collection is a smart move, both for keeping your shop clean and your health. The Vac-u-plate is very handy, no wrestling with a hose over your table and it catches the majority of the dust.

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While I'd agree with Mike that feather boards aren't absolutely necessary, I find them helpful when doing edge profiles on multiple pieces where the pattern needs to match precisely between the pieces. Otherwise, variations in vertical and lateral pressure when feeding the pieces can result in slight mismatches. And, there is some added safety from an anti-kickback perspective. But, with proper technique, that may be a moot point in many cases.

My table has a miter slot in front of the router, and T-slots in the (split) fence. I sometimes use feather boards that tighten into the miter slot, but more often use feather boards in the T-slots to hold the work firmly to the table.

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HI Ron

OP table,,Bob R. ( of the RWS,he is the boss ) calls them a total wast of time and space, that said you will not see one on the OP table .

I think anything you can add to your router table to made it safe for you , you should do it..

I do like them,,, many router bits like to lift the stock up and a good feather board will take care of that error..the same with a good feather board on the top of the router table, will hold the stock to the fence without you pushing on it...just one more thing you don't need to think about when putting on a edge or what ever.

Some of the good feather boards have a bit guard built in..just one more thing to thing about..they do sometimes get in the way but most of the router jobs you will do they should be in place..

Here's one or two that I use all the time..

The same thing is true for a good vac. pickup tube,you don't want chips all over the place plus you are human and you will always want to blow or move the chips out of the way,, it just takes a sec. to make that error by bushing them out of the way..let the a good vac.system do that job for you and you in turn will keep your fingers..

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I am a little mixed up as a novice with so many tables to choose from. I will be using a Bosch 1617 router for the table.

I note that many if not most router tables offer a T slot/miter slot in the front of the table. I also note that the router table that Oak Park sells does not. I know some here like the Oak Park Table. My question then is....Is the T slot a necessary option that I should get? I am mostly concerned with 2 things, being dust control and safety. Does the use of feather boards in the T slot make the routing on a table that much more safe?

Which tables/fence provide the best dust control?


thanks...ron


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Well RonH, a couple years ago I was just starting too and one of the smart moves I made was the Rockler table and fence, with a couple featherboards etc. It is easy to slide one or even two of them onto the fence, thus keeping a workpiece FLAT on the table. The two-piece fence allows you to close the fence in tight on the bit. The Track across front of table is a nice additional touch even though I don't use it that much. It IS easy to use and right there in front of you so what the heck. I like the aluminum fence etc. Some might say the table top should be better and I too would like a nice flat sheet of steel, but I've been using mine (both sides plastic) and haven't had any real trouble with it. Like the fellas say: there are a lot of options. I happen to like the one I have and am in process of building a cabinet for the table. It'll be crude, like most of my stuff, but hey!....I never said I was perfect at anything. Maybe close.
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