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Question best table for table mounted routing

I share woodworking space with a friend. We are currently using a Ryobi RE600 router in a home made table top with an incra jig fence system.
Can you folks please reccomend reasonably priced router table options .
We have looked at Freud and also are considering the new yankee workshop - Norm Abrams router table plans. The specialty tables with router raiseing mechanisms are out of our price range. Dont use it often enough to justify $500 for a router table.
Also what are would be your main priorities in selecting a router table.
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I share woodworking space with a friend. We are currently using a Ryobi RE600 router in a home made table top with an incra jig fence system.
Can you folks please reccomend reasonably priced router table options .
We have looked at Freud and also are considering the new yankee workshop - Norm Abrams router table plans. The specialty tables with router raiseing mechanisms are out of our price range. Dont use it often enough to justify $500 for a router table.
Also what are would be your main priorities in selecting a router table.
Hi and welcome to the forums... Sounds to me like you have a pretty good start on a decent system already. A really good fence is pretty important, at least to me. Would help if you let us know a bit more about what you have for a table, what you like about it and, more importantly, what you don't like about it.

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Welcome and +1 on John's comment on having a good start on a decent system. I built my RT this summer with an Incra LS25/WF and a PC7518 with a Jessem Mast-R-Lift. I used my RE600 in building this table and in doing so it really earned my respect. It didn't bat an eye as I routed the 1-1/2" thick tabletop, neither getting warm nor faltering. Upon measure, it has negligible runout. This fall I added it to my RT with a bitjack to add table-plunge capability.

You ask about other router table options. I second John's questions on what you don't like about what you have since the tables are so easy to make the way you wish. There are many schools of thought on what's "best", such that 15 people would likely have 16 different opinions. :-)

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I am not going to tell you what to buy. There are a lot of good professional reviews/shootouts on routers on the internet. I will say that I recommend building the biggest table you can afford/accomodate. I started out with a small table and now it just sits in the coner of the garage, waiting to be recycled into something else or taken away by a lucky woodworker who needs something to start out with.

I went with a 27"x43" top this time. The Incra fence systems require a lot of extra table top space. I have limited space too but a large size table did not worry me. My plan is to use every available inch of space below the table to store my routers, templates, manuals, bits, fences, stops, sleds, miter gauges, depth gauges, PRL tools, etc. This should provide plenty of storage and with wheels on it, should prove to be more than flexible enough to merit its presence in the workshop.

I also like a router table that sits higher off the ground than most tables you can purchase. I like my work to be close to chest high. I can see better and I am not hunkered over the table all day. This too makes for more storage space. I can not wait to finish my router table so I can consolidate all of my tools for the router in one place. In the end, this should actually free up a lot of storage I am currently using elsewhere in the garage.

And lastly, plan ahead. Inevitably, you will want to upgrade if you do not have the funds to buy the best right now. Keep this in mind when building your table so you won't have to start over when making upgrades, like I had to.

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Build your own, again. I have an Incrajig Ultra, and bought a Jessem lift for my Elu and Dewalt 625 routers. A great combo. I then built a second top, to use without the Incra setup (space and needs).
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what is your table currently lacking and what do you expect to gain by going with a new set up?

if what you have works id stick with it

i built my own router table and its pretty bare bones. 2 sheets of mdf laminated together and a mlcs router plate. i dont even have a fancy fence. i just use a jointed 2x4 which i clamp on each end of the table like bob and rick. it works great. i can pop out the trim ring on the playte and change bits from above the table, no fancy router lift needed. the only thing i wish i had done different is more storage for bits and accessories as i only have 1 drawer in the cabinet
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Now that I've gone and told you that you have a good start with a setup already, here's a link to where many of our members have posted their tables. Keep in mind that if you do decide to build one, you can incorporate the features you like from each:

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...our-table.html

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Sorry, but what is a "bitjack"? Is that like a "Router Raizer?
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