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..
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?