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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-18-2009, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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It's time to move up from my benchtop router setup to a dedicated table mounted router. Rockler has a good sale on this Bench Dog package;
18" x 24" steel stand, Bench Dog Pro phenolic table, and a Rockler 3/8" aluminum plate with FX router lift. All for $599
Anyone have a comment about the quality of these items? Is it a good setup for the home woodshop?
Thanks for the input in advance...
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Howdy JMG,
I'm a big time fan, I have the Bench dog Pro lift, and I'm so happy with it I could S***!!! I mean that in a good way!
To be able to finesse a depth of cut down to .001 is mind boggling to me after what I put up with for so many yrs. to repeatedly duplicate said measurements accurately.
The set-ups are so much faster because you can change bits and elevation from above table. I'm not familiar with their table tops or extensions but their lift is killer!

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I am sure folks have suggested for you to build your own, there are advantages to buying and to building. Just a thought, and at 3:30 in the morning it's the best I can do!!

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For $600 I could build a heck of a table, put a great router in it, and still have bucks left over for other tools.

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Hi,

All I can say is, for that kind of money, I get 3 of these: Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue

No, I'm not against Rockler or even router lifts nor even those nice fancy tables. I just don't see the need for them when the simple basic table will do the same job and save one a few $$$.

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He wants to move to a bigger table from a bench top so the OP is not going to help, thats what he wants to get away from.

Guys we can build anything and in so many threads people ask about this or that and then the answer is build it yourself. That answer gets old as if he wanted to build it himself the question would be " how should I go about building the router table or what materials should I use".

Lets try to answer peoples questions without just saying build it your self. He wants to know about the specific things he talked about. Telling him to build it himself gives him no advice on the products at all and that is what he wants.

The items you mentioned are all great.

For 600.00 you can get so many great products it is hard to choose. Get more specific as to what you want to make and better answers can be given.
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Thanks Nick, Yes I considered building it myself but would rather put that time and effort into my projects. If I were to do it myself I know I would use only the best materials and hardware and spend many tens of hours trying to perfect it..my OCC.
So I'm considering going the purchase route and wanted to know if these components were good enough to produce accurate reproducible results. Specifically table flattness, plate tolerence, accuracy if lift mechanism etc.
I just finished a fairly large jewelry box for my daughter (I'll post picks as soon as I meet my minimum post quota) and it amazed me how many times I used the router and how much time was spent breaking down and setting up for cuts. As well as how much time was spent under the router table adjusting heights and changing bits. There has to be a better way.
During this project I fell in love with box making in general and plan to build and sell a variety of boxes providing I can make them efficiently. A quality router table and components would go a long way in making that possible.
Thanks again for the comments.
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An 18" X 24" vs. the 16" x 30" OP table... so how is the OP smaller again? Other tables I've seen are 24" x 32", 32" x 53" offset, 32" x 44", 27" x 43" offset. These latter are from PeachTree. I for one never suggested he make his own. Only suggested the OP table. A 1/4 to 1/3 the price of what's he's looking at now. It is also capable of doing the exact same thing as other tables with all those bells an whistles. I will say no more.

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Nick,

I apologize if I came across harshly. Didn't mean it that way. This has been "one of those days" for me.

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