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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-29-2020, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Just moved to a new house with a large but completely empty 3 car garage. Not a shelf, a hook, a cabinet, nothing. I get 1 of the three bays for a shop and have to start building from scratch.

Right now I have a garage floor full of tools...table saw, compound miter, drill press, band saw, etc. However, I don't have the time or space to build a router table, something I have always wanted. So I have been reading about total packages. Table, fence, lift, router, complete. Having a hard time sorting them all out. If you had $1000 to spend on one which package would you get? Certainly, there are good solid but not perfect "can't go wrong" packages out there. My router is a Bosch 1617 EVSPK which I could put in and out if needed but would prefer one mounted permanently so hopefully a new 3+hp router will fit in the $1000. I believe it will. Above table height adjustment is a must.

Apologies for the basic, newbie post. Any suggestions appreciated!
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Welcome to the forum.
If it was me , I’d get an Incra lift and use their clean sweep inserts ,and buy the Incra router table and fence Dust collection is important to me , and I’m liking Incras from what I can see . Haven’t assembled mine yet , so I can’t confirm.


You have to assemble it though . They sell a base ,but my idea is to build a base with dust collection, drawers and storage spaces .

https://www.incra.com/

I edited my post and am going with Stick on his under table mounted router , although I’m going to try my 1617 under mine
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Hello Hal and welcome to the forums...
We're happy you found us...

We have some ''light reading'' for you...
We've gathered together a bunch of pertinent/relative information on routering in this here link ... You should find everything (at least most) quite useful, a lot of help and get you off to a running start in the world of routers... Enjoy...

Do take some time to read the safety PDF's... PLEASE!!!
Blood and trips to the ER, we find, are very annoying... Not to mention – expensive...

We do welcome all questions here on about any subject you can come up w/ also....
Not only that, we excel at spending your money...

Now about that table...

Hands down it would be a JessEm w/ a Milwaukee 3+HP motor...
top of the line...
bullet proof...
TS/CS is outstanding.....

and............
We have a wee bit more browsing for ya...
ROUTER TABLES
There's more here at this link on RT's than you'll be able to digest at one sit down (or many)... Ohhhhhh, so many ways and choices...
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Welcome to the Forum, Hal...

I have enjoyed using the Bosch 1181 table with a dedicated Triton underneath. The Triton allows for above the table height adjustment and bit change. You do, however, need to clamp/unclamp underneath for height and bit replacement. Bit change is one-wrench...

The 1181 is a "table-top" RT so you can store it when not using it.

...but I think you need to renegotiate the whole 1-bay deal...

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Welcome to the forum Hal.

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Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.

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...but I think you need to renegotiate the whole 1-bay deal...
Agreed, at least 1-1/2 bays......but 1 is better the outside....

I think you'll find that the router table can be a central tool and that there are many thoughts on who/what is better. I built my table ( I know you don't have time) and then bought the Jess Em table top and the Woodpecker's Super fence. Then I added the Jess Em router motor and external controller/switch.

Biggest difference is I built the table and included excellent sawdust control and the components to make it as I wanted, not a choice by others. Now I have storage under the table with 3 drawers and 5 small bit trays (drawers). If you decide to go this route look at Creston Wood Plans and you'll find the router table plans. If you're not building this what do you have time for?
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I am with Rick. Love Incra. You can find used Porter Cable 3hp on ebay and they can be good deals. Look for older ones. They are better than newer ones. The Incra lift is the same as Jessem (I believe it is made by Jessem) and you can sometimes find deals on Jessem. Infinity has some nice RT packages and there stuff is excellent. But I would only use the Incra fence system. It is amazing. As a newbie, it makes everything easier for me.
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...but I think you need to renegotiate the whole 1-bay deal...
that's what the driveway is for... to park your vehicles on...
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One option for someone with limited space is one that folds up and is out of the way. A few members have used Workmates as router table stands and they just lay a sheet of some type panel material on it with a hole in it for router and insert plate and cleats on the under side that you open the Workmate against to keep the top from sliding around. Several routers are available that have above table adjustment so a lift isn't necessary.

That arrangement allows you to take the top off and slide or hang it out of the way when you aren't using it. Then you can use the Workmate for something else or fold it up and put it away too. With that limited a space you will probably want most of your tools on wheels.
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I went the Incra route with the PC 7518 router. Yes, the Incra lift is built by Jessem but to Incra's specifications. The difference between Jessem and Incra/Jessem is that Incra has metal throat inserts that are held in place magnetically; some of the inserts have an open design to yield better downward air flow. Dust collection on my system is the best of all my shop tools. With the LS fence/positioner, setup is very repeatable. If I were doing this again, I probably would build my cabinet from scratch instead of using Incra's extruded aluminum hardware. The Incra hardware is designed to work with 1/2" plywood. This is my favorite shop tool.
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