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while buying router tables there are things that we are supposed to keep in mind and it depends from person to person what type of product he or she wants , because every one has their own requirements and budgets hence you can go through this reviews it would be really very use full to you guys i personally got guided by this hence thought of sharing this !
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When I decided to add a router table to my mostly automotive hobby (ghetto) garage, I started by playing around with an old Wolfcraft MDF table top router table I had. The table had warped from age and was not repairable, but I did scavenge the legs and power switch from it and have kept the fence and other parts for future use like maybe making a drill press or bandsaw fence/table top.

The primary purpose of my woodworking tools setup is for making panels and enclosures mostly out of mdf for the new interior and monster sound system I'm building for my resto mod Mustang project. Along the way, or once that is done, there will be some real projects like making my kitchen drawers and cup boards more useful, make/mod some cutting boards and perhaps a wall unit/work station. Also going to pull a bunch of crappy carpet out of the main floor and do laminate flooring.

This got me into the entire woodworking realm of thinking about higher precision, squareness as well as the inlayed rails and T tracks etc used for clamping and movement. First purchase was a V27 Incra miter gauge and their table saw sled. All the same inclinations and design theories about precision and repeatability. Wrestled with the idea of building a table, but decided against it, in part, due to lack of space for a second table, and thinking....if I have one, it better be the best, durable/precise etc.

After lots of surfing, reading and spending some time looking at the Jessem table in our factory (used for milling plexiglass/acryclic parts) as well as visiting various stores (Busy Bee, Atlas Tool, Rockler, Woodcraft, etc), I formulated a plan incorporating the following primary considerations.......

1) Had to be a convertible 32x24 table top design, in order to fit on top of the parts washer, due to lack of additional floor space; will be movable and eventually get a real stand with wheels........and be movable outside to sit on a Workmate for example, if needed.
2) Since the garage is heated but not air conditioned, mdf and cast iron were out, hence a phenolic table top was the only way to go for a lifetime purchase.
3) Space wise, an external fence mount design was a no go; this left out Kreg, Jesem etc and rear mount despite already owning an older Incra model
4) Already had a mint condition barely used 20 yr old Porter Cable 690 (with 1/4 AND 1/2" collets), so that would be the motor for now
5) Alum router plate at the very least, a decent extruded alum fence with top rails etc for growth
6) The Canadian made Felisatti was everything except phenolic and included the micro adjust split fence and integrated fence rails and T slot, and was cheap $400 CAD incl a stand..........but......

Ended up with a Woodpecker 32x24 Phenolic table top:

their Super Fence:

and their (much superior) router lift:

Spent more than double what I had thought was reasonable; for sure it's more than I'll ever need/use's a thing of beauty and precision and will never have to be replaced. Not everyone's cup of tea cost wise, but doing things twice pisses me off more than anything else, I am. Did save some bread by making my own dust box, variable speed control and making it fit in my small space. Also picked up a Freud micro fence and 3 other used routers so i should be all set. Once the garage is rewired and the dust collection system is completed, I may spring for a 3.25hp router motor, but for now the PC seems to be more than adequate.

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Picked up and rebuilt a 10" Rikon table top band saw and built a temporary shop vac based dust collection system since then; but will start utilizing the table soon.
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Originally Posted by tryinlanister View Post
while buying router tables there are things that we are supposed to keep in mind and it depends from person to person what type of product he or she wants , because every one has their own requirements and budgets hence you can go through this reviews it would be really very use full to you guys i personally got guided by this hence thought of sharing this !
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Personally, I won't look at the reviews. I made my own router table. A lot of others here do also. Mine is 10-15 years old, it's # 3 or 4 I think, likely got less than $2.50 in it, it's accurate, and does just what I want it to do. Actually, I figure I could do what I do on any router table out there, so brand wouldn't mean a thing, but it's more fun to make my own.

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I have and like my Rockler table. Bought it quite awhile ago and recently upgraded to a Woodpecker plate for a little more robust support for my Triton. I have the open steel stand, but have enclosed it with ply. Rockler fence too, which works well for me. I live in a dry climate, so the composit structure is fine and thick so it isn't going to sag. I bought it back when my income was higher and might make my own these days, including the fence because I'd like to maximize above table dust collection. I don't see enough edvantage in metal tops to justify the cost. I'd want to buy from a local source so I can check with a straight edge for flatness before buying. The Woodpecker stuff is overpriced, but wow, is it beautiful and robust.
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