I did make an attempt at using push sticks and blocks last night (while butchering the last 4 inches of a fair number of 1x4's. The results were better but when it comes to these things I can be a bit of a perfectionist. So about 3 AM this morning in occured to me that in some cases you could simply cut the mistake off the end, especially if you were going to have to put a miter in it anyway, but I am still somewhat disturbed at how much more difficult I am finding it in the table as opposed to when using the router by hand.
I updated my profile and there isn't much in the way of wood working specialty stores around here, in fact outside of the standard box stores, there are only a handful of true lumber yards left. So instead of getting fancy on the end tables I plan to build I may dress them up with some more simple items, and stick to the standard rounding of the edges and maybe cut some channels which I can then lay some decorative trim pieces in.
I determined last night after playing with the table and setup some more that the router which is under the table is quite possibly older than myself, and the table itself (in fact the entire brand for the most part) gets some very unfavorable reviews from the internet masses, as well as myself once I got to actually looking it over and determined there are things that really need to be changed.
So that got me to thinking about the sheets of 3/4 inch plywood I have sitting over by the wall of which at least a half sheet is "scrap" after the next project is done. With some MDF being purchased I think I could build the top without to much trouble, and perhaps employ the assistance of someone more well versed than myself to lend a hand in getting the plate mounted and the required openings cut. After looking at some of the tables that have been built on here as well as those offered by rockler/woodpecker etc, I will have to price out materials and see if it is cheaper to build or buy.
For the moment I am going to stick with the hand held version until such a time as I can get a table/fence that is stable and do some more practicing on the scrap wood pile I have in the garage. Thanks for the replies fellas, and I am sure I will back with more questions soon.