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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've been a woodworker off and on since high school and more active in the last 10 years or so. About to upgrade from my homemade router table and craftsman router to a store-bought table and a porter-cable router. Any recommendations for a table? I want to invest in one that will last for a long time and be fully functional to maximize the capability of my new porter-cable router. Thanks and be safe!
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Greetings (your name here) and welcome to the forum. I am sure there will be someone along that will be able to recommend a table. In the mean while, take a moment and fill in your profile so we can know more about you and where you’re from. Again we are glad you have joined the forum.

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go here i have this one and I dont belive you could get a better one They have the kit and also one that is built Get the one with vaccume built in or the kit for it Also check out the other item's Like the brass bar's Very nice and come in handy when setting up your bit's for height and setting the beiring to the fence for the most cut the bit will do
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Woodsman...

take a few minutes to look over what Woodpeckers offers in the way of router tables. It may also give you a few ideas for what you might like to be doing down the road..
I've owned a few with NO complaints...

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this is just a humble opinion, i would build my own again. that way i could make it to my needs and not blow a ton of money.

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You will find many people praise the Router Workshop table here. It is not because they were the first to sponsor this site. Many of us are converts! Bob and Rick Rosendahl teach the "Keep it simple" method of routing. When you do away with T tracks in the fence and table you open the way to unlimited positioning. Yes, we can still use feather boards, we just clamp them in place. There will always be those who are more comfortable with micro adjustments on everything. There is no wrong way to enjoy routing, but after trying both methods I have to agree that "Simple is better."

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I may not me a woodworking expert but I can't say enough good things about the Oak Park Table. It was the best investment I ever made!
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Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. I would agree with Levon; why not build one yourself? There are lots of plans out there, including the one from Router Workshop as Mike pointed out, and you will gain experience in the process. I know that is not for everyone, but I guess I enjoy working with wood too much to pay money for something I know I can build myself.
I built my first table years ago and made some mistakes but the table worked and even though I am embarrassed by the lousy workmanship I had a hard time replacing something that was functional. I hope this summer to get together my design and build a new one. I am thinking along the lines of a free standing cabinet based unit that will double as an assembly station. Just something to consider...

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Look at Sommerfeld tools, they have a metal table top and what appears to be a great fence setup. Its a little high end on the price but in my opinion, go big or build your own.
I recently purchased a large router table with a wood and laminate top, the table originaly sent was cupped and had to be returned for a new one. Check the new top for flattness as soon as you pull it from the box, mine was out too far to pull it back flat with bracing and base. Good luck TF
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Hi,

To build or buy, for some, it's just simpler and easier to just purchase one with slight assembly compared to taking the time to build.

I have the OP table and to be honest, it'll do what many of the more fancy tables will do. I can't say enough good things about the OP table.

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