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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-01-2009, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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I've looked through some of the discussions but haven't found much about tables. I'm limited in space (who isn't) and money so have been looking at the big box stores and various sales but haven't found any suggestions from others about the pluses and minuses of the less expensive benchtops. Any input is welcome especially as I have to learn to use my router and a table way before Christmas
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Brian, Please check out the sticky thread in this section about making your own top and installing a mounting plate. Mount your router to this table top, clamp it on a pair of saw horses, add a piece of UHMW as a fence with two 3" C clamps as hold downs and you are ready for action. This simple table will store easily and will allow you to do more than any router table sold for under $175.00.

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BrianHW. I would stay away from the stamped steel tables at most home centers. Most like tables with a removable plate to mount the router under. This makes it easy to lift the router out for bit changes and adjustments. Under every ones name you will see "view ----- gallery". This is where you can see all the images they have posted. You can find lot's of great ideas there.

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One man's bench tiop efforts: http://www.kevinsbrady.net/kbradyrouter.pdf

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A familiar design Lance. Only problem with it is he used 1/4" Plexiglas which is an acrylic and will sag. Using a phenolic or even Lexan would be a better choice.

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My very first table, to take a small router, was made of 1/4" Polycarbonate with a timber screwed to the back of it, this I clamped into the vice to use, the fence was just another piece of timber held with two small Cramps, this I used for about a year 'til I upgraded the router.



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This is a good option to start router tableing.
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Brian,
If you don't want to build your own, there are several commercial options including the Bench Dog. Rockler now owns Bench Dog. If you join their email list, you'll receive periodic special offers of 15%-20% off of a single item.

Bosch also makes a decent model. Here is a review with video at the bottom of the page - Bosch.

In fact, most manufacturers offer a bench top model. Some cheaper than others. Check ebay as well.

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Buy a router plate then you have your options. Set it into a thick flat top and put it between a pair of saw horses. If you have a "Workmate" type stand, remove or adapt the flat jaws and use that. You can always make up a box at a later stage upon which to install the top. The Bench Dog approach is a good starter.
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One man's bench tiop efforts: http://www.kevinsbrady.net/kbradyrouter.pdf
hi Lance

this guy did a good job, but if he had used a piece of plywood to mount his table to on the bottom it would have been a lot stronger.

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