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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm in the process of planning/building my first router table. I'm going for something along Norm's plans however haven't purchased those as I'm going to make a few modifications. I purchased a router plate for my router from Rockler and planned to use that in two 3/4" MDF pieces put together + laminate... My question is, should I go through with that plan and all the work, or purchase the $199 router table top from Rockler (which comes with the same plate as above). Price for building would be similiar to the $199 when you include MDF, laminate, miter gauge, etc.
Opinions? Has anyone here used the Rockler top? Opinions on it?
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or any other brand/top suggestions in the 150-250 price range are acceptable.
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I was recently going through the same decision making process as you are. I went back and forth many times. The options are a little overwhelming for someone new who is trying to figure all this out for the first time. I finally decided to buy a top, and build the cabinet. I went with the table, insert, and fence combo from MCLS for $179. Now, this is my first router table, but it seems to be decently well made, the insert was easy to figure out how to drill for my router, and overall I think it will be very satisfactory, given my skill level.

I bought a new router just for this project. Lots of talk here about the PC and Bosch units, but I went with the Milwaukee 5625, and bought an extra 1/4" collet so that I could use my old bits from my existing Craftsman. Not so much talk about that unit, so I'm not sure how highly it is regarded, but it seems like it will give me many years of service.

There's lots of very knowledgeable people here. I read a LOT here before I finally dove in and started building.

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Many of us build our own. You get exactly what you want/need, plus the satisfaction of building it. Doubled 3/4" MDF makes a great top. That's what I use. Laminate isn't necessary but is a nice feature. For $200 you can build an entire cabinet with the top. Mine cost about $60.
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Hi Michael:

Search "router tables" in this forum for a real eye-opening selection. The search window is at the top of every page. I would also suggest that you check out the RouterWorkshop table. Different philosophy, works better than most and a lot cheaper.

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I actually went to the router workshop stuff from my larger tables and like it a lot.

I use it exclusively now, if the project can work with the smaller type top anyway.

http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=RT01--
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HI Nick

Talking about router tables how about a snapshot of your two CMT setups.....


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I actually went to the router workshop stuff from my larger tables and like it a lot.

I use it exclusively now, if the project can work with the smaller type top anyway.

http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=RT01--



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For some reason , at least in this part of the US, router tables are available for very reasonable prices on Craigs list.... the last one I got was $35.
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I use the Rockler top-only (bought on special), which I clamp onto a large workmate. The Rockler top is on the plus side of OK.

Since you already have the plate, it would probably be less expensive for you to construct your own top, however. You may have noticed that all the manufacturers price the plates high enough that people are motivated to buy their pre-made tables.

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Yeah... 60 for the insert... 200 for the top w// miter track and fence and insert...
I just purchased the insert so can still take it back.... touch choices... without a doubt I'll build the stand/cabinet base. Plan to make it 3/4" lower than the tablesaw so I can add an additional top (3/4" mdf) that is larger and use it as an outfeed/infeed table for my TS.
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