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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2009, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello all,

I'm interested in either Building or Buying my first RT...

And I'm looking for some advice from all of you knowedgleable peps.

I have many projects going on at the moment and It sure would be nice to have a RT to help me out...cabinet doors, case work, etc... nothing really large.. several small projects..


I currently have a Bosch 1617evspk..

I've been getting but with straigh edges and clamps for awhile... and I'd say that I've been getting by pretty good... But I'd like to go a few steps further to enhance my skills.. dove tails etc...



I need some help..........

I can build my own RT cabinet with no issues.. and I'd Love to in a heart beat....

My thing is ..... I'm stuck, after the Cabinet......

wondering if I should.."If it's worth it Now" to invest in Buying an Incra

INCRA/Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Lift

Or..
INCRA Mast-R-Lift

and which INcra fench to go with.....

Most of everything that I'm going to do would be Hobby related... And I have soo many expensive hobbies at the moment... I'm not sure if I should just go with a

Pre-fab OP table.. or RT1000 or ?

I know it all depends on how much $$$ I wanna spend and how much time I'm will to put into my new table...

But... Honestly... That's a tough question to answer..

Would it be Cheaper or better to Build my Own... or to buy a unit....

If you were to put a GP RT table together.. You Know.... Something that you'll use every so often... but would want something decent...

what would you start with...

Decent Plate... etc..

TIA
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Hi Dennis: I have the OP router table, as well as the door making assessory, and the
Mitre system. It's a simple system and does not require a router lift to change bits etc
because it is done on top of the table. The bosch router you have would fit it because they offer plates for most routers. I simply built a cabinet to put it on with drawers to hold bits etc. hope this helps .. Woodnut65
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Hello Dennis, The Oak Park is a great table. It uses a kis approch and you can buy it table only. You may check thic out, Choose american
http://www.oak-park.com/ Check for videos on this page. Choose the home tab, and the router table comes up! Hope this helps

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Hi Dennis,

Another vote for the Oak Park table here. I have had mine for a number of years and would not trade it for anything out there. Perfect for my needs in every way!
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Hi Dennis

Just my 2 cents....drop by HD/Lowes and pickup a cheap cabinet, some stock for the top and a HF plate..

Buy items for the RT that you can use over on the 2nd RT you will build for the deluxe RT..once you have one you will know what you want in one..


I will say I have many RT's and I'm still wanting to make one more to add things that have come up on the forum..it's a never ending thing for most..the grass is always greener on the other side thing..

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Hello all,

I'm interested in either Building or Buying my first RT...

And I'm looking for some advice from all of you knowedgleable peps.

I have many projects going on at the moment and It sure would be nice to have a RT to help me out...cabinet doors, case work, etc... nothing really large.. several small projects..


I currently have a Bosch 1617evspk..

I've been getting but with straigh edges and clamps for awhile... and I'd say that I've been getting by pretty good... But I'd like to go a few steps further to enhance my skills.. dove tails etc...



I need some help..........

I can build my own RT cabinet with no issues.. and I'd Love to in a heart beat....

My thing is ..... I'm stuck, after the Cabinet......

wondering if I should.."If it's worth it Now" to invest in Buying an Incra

INCRA/Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Lift

Or..
INCRA Mast-R-Lift

and which INcra fench to go with.....

Most of everything that I'm going to do would be Hobby related... And I have soo many expensive hobbies at the moment... I'm not sure if I should just go with a

Pre-fab OP table.. or RT1000 or ?

I know it all depends on how much $$$ I wanna spend and how much time I'm will to put into my new table...

But... Honestly... That's a tough question to answer..

Would it be Cheaper or better to Build my Own... or to buy a unit....

If you were to put a GP RT table together.. You Know.... Something that you'll use every so often... but would want something decent...

what would you start with...

Decent Plate... etc..

TIA
Dennis



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Dennis,

I have the Incra 25" LS Supersystem with the Incra Mast-R-Lift and have made my own router table and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about that combination. You can see pictures of it in my gallery. In short, I love it. My cabinet is under design and it'll soon be under construction.

TwoSkies57 (Bill) has the Incra LS Supersystem with the PRLv2 and has made his own RT and cabinet. He has pictures of it in his gallery and I'm sure he'd be willing to answer any questions you may have on that one.

That said, your post's title refers to a "portable" RT. While Bills table is on casters and mine will be, I'd not consider them "portable". My table is 30"x52" and, when complete, will weigh in at between 200 and 300 lbs. Easily rolled, yes. Portable? That depends upon your definition.

BJ's hit it dead-on in terms of "just adding one more thing" or "one more table" in routing. As a hobbyist it is more of a journey than a destination.

I have already added a second (plunge) router to my table (sharing the Incra) for cuts a router in a lift don't do well and a pin router head to mine. Bill has added a Jessem Mite-R-Slide to his Incra. Heck, I've even considered adding a Kreg Klamping system to the top!

In the future I'll likely add horizontal routing (in this or another table) and possibly a truly "portable" table. For that one I'd definitely go with the Oak Park (www.oak-park.com) design, likely buying their "kit" and building my own from their design.

The guys recommending that you start out with an Oak Park are also giving good advice. It's a very good table.

I built my own as my first real router project, with the expectation that I'd likely make another within a couple of years if I didn't like the layout. With that approach, I knew I couldn't very well go wrong.

There was another very important thing I did to guide my success. I looked at as many other people's tables as possible, comparing them and looking for features on different tables I wanted to incorporate into my own.

The *most* important and helpful thing I did to ensure my success was to ask people here for feedback on different aspects of what I was contemplating. Guys like BobJ3, HarrySin, AxylMike, TwoSkies57, Westend and many others have, combined, far more experience than I've ever seen assembled in one place and in such a way as to have discussions of the merits of different approaches. I can't say enough good on how this forum has helped me develop my skills.

Just my $0.02... (and cheap, by the word!)

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I need some help..........

I can build my own RT cabinet with no issues.. and I'd Love to in a heart beat....

My thing is ..... I'm stuck, after the Cabinet......

wondering if I should.."If it's worth it Now" to invest in Buying an Incra

INCRA/Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Lift

Or..
INCRA Mast-R-Lift

and which INcra fench to go with.....
what would you start with...
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hi Jim,

can you post some pictures and details of projects these different routers and incra systems have helped you build???

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hi Dennis,

i think it would be very helpful to look at members galleries to see how their router tables helped them to build a project or do a step in a project and that will give you more insight than just listening to what a person's table consist of.

this is just a personal opinion and all of of are entitled to their opinion.

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Thank you for asking, levon.. Since I posted my first project on August 23rd, I've posted 4 projects: A weighted (moose) paper towel dispenser, a cutting board, a set of router skiis and my router table top. Pictures of each are posted in my gallery. The router was used on each.

I'm now working on the trim for a 4-drawer maple plywood cabinet for under my drill press. The cabinet is constructed and mounted on casters, I've completed the dovetailed drawers and mounted them on their drawer slides and tested them under load. This weekend I will begin working on the trim and drawer fronts. When it is complete I will post pictures of it.

It takes me longer to complete projects than some because I also work long days and have a family, but I'll get there! Not too bad for less than 4 months though!!

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You Guys are just Awesome !!!!!!

Thank you soo much for all of your replies..:
When I mentioned portable.. I guess I was referring to a "Split-Cabinet"

This way I can take the Top Portion in the field with me if I needed to.. and work onsite..


I'm a Top-of-the-line...Made in the USA./N.A. kinda guy.....

When I buy tools.. I like to buy once.. and know that I bought a Quality item... I will spend the Xtra $$$ up front.. knowing that I bought a quality item with an excellent warranty to boot.. I preferr to feed the Mom & Pop stores before the big box stores.. But as you know with the economy in all sometimes it cheaper to buy from the Big Box stores...

anyways...

I guess what I'm tyrying to say is that I'm looking to put together a decent "RT"
or buying one "OP" without breaking the bank...

I'd love to have an Incra setup tomorrow... but at this time I'm not ready to splurge for it.. I'm looking for the thrifty way out... for the moment..

I have looked through several members galleries.. And I'd have to say.. You guy & Gals have some pretty sweet set-ups..

....

So... Should I just pick up a HF Plate and build my first RT.. or just spent the $200.00 and get an "OP"

HF Plate $19.95

Cabinet materials I have in garage already...



Also.....

Does anyone own Infinity Brand Bits?

They do seem like quality bits..

I need to pick up a few....


Straight /dado Bits for .. 3/4" MDF

need a few dado or straight bits for PLY...

T&G bits and slot and panel bits..
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