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i'm new to woodworking never used a router before bought my first one the other day triton 2 1/4 hp.There are so many tables out there which one should i get i don't want to go cheap i want one i can grow into and keep.

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Hi,

The one table I highly recommend is the Oak Park table. It follows the K.I.S.S. rule. There are many tables out on the market. Only you can decide which one is best for you. Do some searching here on the forums, you'll find many others.

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Hi David, when it comes to router tables, inexpensive does not necessarily relate to "cheap", nor does expensive mean it is the best for you. You have stated that you are new to woodworking, one of the key factors as to what router table you need depends upon what you want to do with it and what your budget will allow.

Having said all that let me suggest that perhaps you might want to build your own table. You can get into one with little upfront money and then as you find your nitch you can upgrade it as needed. Many guys here have gone that route and have saved a lot of money as they modified the table to meet a new set of parameters to go with their changing interests in woodworking. Give it some thought, and if you decide to go that route, we can help you with the build.

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i'm new to woodworking never used a router before bought my first one the other day triton 2 1/4 hp.There are so many tables out there which one should i get i don't want to go cheap i want one i can grow into and keep.

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I bought a Rockler Laminated Router Table, Fence, and plate ($200.00) and their 4 pc accessory kit ($40.00) and have been very satisfied. I built my own basic stand out of 2x's.

The reason I purchased instead of homemade was that I "wanted it now." Probably at the end of the day there is not much difference in cost especially if you value your time at all.

One of my problems is that I tend to get into a mode of building yet another thing for the shop and never get around to making projects that have value outside of the shop. This was an initial attempt to get out of that mode.
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One of my problems is that I tend to get into a mode of building yet another thing for the shop and never get around to making projects that have value outside of the shop. This was an initial attempt to get out of that mode.
bingo... so true. we spend sooooo much time building jigs etc we lose focus on what the initial attempt was when we first bought the tools. just like when you buy a table saw, router or whatever you think to yourself, i could build x, y and z if i just had this equipment. you buy the tool and next thing you know you are building sleds and jigs. in short, its like a rash, you can itch for relief but in never goes away. i always use the excuse its another piece of the puzzle for my shop. i have lots of pieces but no clear picture.

getting back to the router table. i built one that i think turned out great. add up all the costs and time i would of probably just bought one. its whatever you think will meet your needs.





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