Hi folks. While I've been a long time lurker of these forums I'm really only just getting to grips with a router (Finally
) and I'm looking for some advice regarding router tables.
Now, I have been searching through the forums so I know that the first and most common bit of advice will be to make one and at some point, I will no doubt go down that route. Right now however, I have a couple of problems. One is that having never used a router table, I don't really know what I want and what I don't want. To begin with I'll be finishing the wooden parts of some wind chimes I've started making as well as some backing pieces for some ceramic frames my other half is making, but, like I say, I don't really know what I need.
My second problem is that, right now at least, I'm much more comfortable working with metal (Although my current home setup doesn't allow me to build a metal router table unfortunately) and I'm not entirely convinced my current skill levels with wood are going to let me build a table with reasonable accuracy yet so I'm looking at a couple of shop bought tables to get me going.
Now, I've only got around £60 to £70 to spend so the first is the generic cast aluminium table with pressed steel legs and side extensions. Having done some research I gather that the legs and extensions can be a bit flimsy so if I got one of these I would screw the legs down to a base which would help stiffen them and I can also brace the extensions to help stiffen them a bit. The other table I've come across is the Charnwood W012 which looks a bit different with the MDF top and so on. One of my thoughts with this one is that when I do get round to building a table, I would have the option of scavenging parts such as the fence, mitre jig, track and so on to go on to whatever I build.
So, I guess my question is, is the Charnwood worth looking at? I know from research that there are issues with it like there are with the generic metal version but I guess that with the money I have to spend, anything is going to have issues. I don't mind doing a little fettling here and there to fix minor issues but could do without buying a complete lemon in the first place!!