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I am new to this forum. I live full time in an RV and have no other home. I woodwork out of the basement of the RV using a Proxxon table saw and various other very small tool.

I do alot of picture frames, clocks, shadow boxes, etc and work in oak alot.
I would like to have a small table router to do some shaping and slots etc.

I decided against the Proxxon wood shaper based on cost, accuracy of the fences and low power.

I want the precision of a fence like Freud micro, and more power than a Dremel....not a fan of Dremel.

I would like to build the table to keep the size down and looked at Bosch Colt as a possible under the table mount. Called Bosch and they said DO NOT DO IT....dangerous, wouldn't get accurate cuts etc.

So any suggestions....I want a table mounted small router setup that doesn't take up alot of space and has accurate fence...

Any suggestions.... I can build the table my self if I have to... and

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Here's the easiest and smallest I can come up with. A router table doesn't need to be fancy. Neither does the fence.

Working from the basement of your RV? Sounds interesting. "Honey, would you shrink me so I can go in the shop?"

Considering the limited storage space, I'd suggest looking at the folding router tables, like the Freud RTP1000, combined with a mid-sized router (1 3/4hp). The table folds flat for storage, and I'm guessing it could be upgraded to use the premium fence. With the router attached to the plate, it would be removed for separate storage.

http://www.freudtools.com/p-265-rtp1...le-system.aspx

I would agree, however, that the small routers like the Colt and laminate trimmers would be under-powered for many of the operations on a router table.
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That is ridiculous to me. You can fit a Bosch colt to a table and it will cut straight and it is safe. If I had time I would set mine up to show you.

I bet Bobj3 has a set up like that though. He has tried many things with many routers.

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Greetings Don and welcome to the forum. MLCS has what they call a mini router. See this link Marvel 40 3-in1 Router Kit I have one but I have never tried to mount it, just a thought.


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Of course BJ has one with the Colt

Check it out at this link

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ter-table.html
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hi Don,

i think Nick is right about the fact that BobJ has one mounted in a table, i could be wrong.

one big point in favor of the colt is that it has variable speed. ive learned how important that can be.

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sorry Bob, i didnt see your post, gues i wasnt refreshed, lol thats me always stale,lol

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I thought I saw it before, thanks for the confirmation guys.

Here is one picture from BJ's thread with a Colt in a nice little table he made:
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The problem with using the Colt upside down is dust infiltration into the motor. It is not designed to work upside down, but then neither are many of the full sized routers we use in tables. That would explain the "official" reply.

Don, I do not know if you have seen the Router Workshop table. It is fairly compact but still large enough for most any project. Study the design and know that it is held together with plastic furniture connectors You can purchase a bag of these from Oak Park, build your own table and be able to knock it down in seconds to store flat. There is not that much difference in size between most 2-1/4 HP routers and the Colt. When working with hardwoods the extra power would be priceless. By way of example a Bosch 1617 in a fixed base with the knobs removed is for the most part under 4" in diameter, only the end of the base is 6". Here are photo's of a couple other portable tables for ideas. Remember you will be storing your bits, set up bars and other accessories in the router box/stand to save space.
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Hi Don

The Colt has all the power you will need, it's true it's not a real work horse but most of the time you don't need a tank of a router to do most jobs .

It's light and can be used for many router jobs ,in a router table or a hand router jobs..

It's true it can only take on 1/4" shank bits but that good for most jobs.

Now if you want to make cabinets and panel doors it's to small but if you want to round over a edge or make boxes with dovetail joints it's the one to select..

As far as a router table it can be just about anything you have around like a apple box, to turn in on it's side and you have a router cabinet, it's that simple..
As far as a fence it can also be just about anything you have in basement shop ,like a nice true board with a hole in it for the router bit to spin free..

As you can see I like the Colt,I like to use it for the box joints and the dovetails joints with the OP box jigs and the Inca dovetail setup..you don't need alot of power to do both jobs..but you want a router that has a VS control device and one that will run true every time you fire it up..they don't come with a plunge router base but you can over come that with a easy rework..and a PC base but most of the time you will not need one.



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Hi:

I am new to this forum. I live full time in an RV and have no other home. I woodwork out of the basement of the RV using a Proxxon table saw and various other very small tool.

I do alot of picture frames, clocks, shadow boxes, etc and work in oak alot.
I would like to have a small table router to do some shaping and slots etc.

I decided against the Proxxon wood shaper based on cost, accuracy of the fences and low power.

I want the precision of a fence like Freud micro, and more power than a Dremel....not a fan of Dremel.

I would like to build the table to keep the size down and looked at Bosch Colt as a possible under the table mount. Called Bosch and they said DO NOT DO IT....dangerous, wouldn't get accurate cuts etc.

So any suggestions....I want a table mounted small router setup that doesn't take up alot of space and has accurate fence...

Any suggestions.... I can build the table my self if I have to... and

by the why....HI

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