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I am fairly new to routing and want to know if I should buy a router table or make my own. As a fairly new wood worker, am I qualified to make my own table?
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I am fairly new to routing and want to know if I should buy a router table or make my own. As a fairly new wood worker, am I qualified to make my own table?
Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

As to making your own router table, only you can answer that. Not knowing what your skill level is, or what type of tools you own, it's difficult to make a judgement on this.

Tell us a bit about your experience level, and where you are from.

For a ready-made table with insert, I recommend the one sold by the sponser of this forum: Oak Park ran by the people who produced The Router Workshop shows. Their tables and accessories are ready to go, right out of the box.

Also, in reference to your other post about table inserts, Rockler, Woodcraft, and Harbour Freight all sell table inserts. I have one from Harbour Freight and am satisifed with it.

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Hi,
I don't think anybody would be able to answer the question of you being qualified or not. I think only you could answer that. All you should need is the tools to build it, knowlege of using the tools or equipment used to build it safely, & the confidence to complete the job. I would look through the forum at other table builds (there are many) & see if you have the confidence to take on the project. It's not all that hard & if you have questions you could always ask & someone will have an answer.

If questionable right now then buying a table with the features you like is one way to test the waters & see what you would like to include or exclude on one you build yourself.

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I am fairly new to routing and want to know if I should buy a router table or make my own. As a fairly new wood worker, am I qualified to make my own table?
It's very difficult at best to give a proper answer. I will say, many have and do build their own. However, since you're asking rather or not you're qualified to build one on your own, this can only be answered by you.

This is what I suggest, take a good close look at the Oak Park table. It follows the K.I.S.S. rule, it's nothing fancy, doesn't need to be. It does the exact same thing that more expensive tables do. So, purchase one first. Build up your skills. Then, if you feel you need to upgrade, build one to match your needs. I've had my OP table for a good number of yrs now, still going strong and I don't feel that I need anything else.

A few OP links for you, if you go this route, I highly recommend the vacu-plate system. Makes it much easier to help control the dust.

http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=RT01--
http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=BYOT--

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I built my first router table as a wing to my table saw. Shop size and need drove most my decisions on the table. My table saw is large enough to support the add on. At the time, I could only find plans for doing this on the internet. Now several mfg's including benchdog offer a cast iron wing. I would have gone with this had I found one years ago.

If you're just starting out as a woodworker, I agree with the suggestions on the Oak Park table. If you keep at the woodworking game, I'm sure you'll try your hand at your own table some day. I'm working on a new one right now.......
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I have built my last 5 tables. I made up a plate, now I am using a bought plate (Jessem lift system), recessed it into a thick formica topped table, and added things as I need them. The Oak system does look good. The guys demonstrating the projects on The Woodworking Channel, Router Workshop, make you wonder if you need all the fancy stuff.
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I am fairly new to routing and want to know if I should buy a router table or make my own. As a fairly new wood worker, am I qualified to make my own table?
While not totally new to woodworking, I am certainly far from being an accomplished artisan and was pretty ignorant about routers. But I learned scads right here by asking a few questions and poring over table plans. My table is in the final stages now . . . a month ago, I had nothing! It is not a thing of beauty, as many here have built . . . hades, my final furniture should look half as good as some of tables members here have built.

But it works . . . costs a little less than even the cheapest commercial tables and is superior in many obvious ways to the little cheap ones although it is nothing like the $2000 commercial ones with lifts and mitre slides . . .

So far, the table has cost me all of about 50 bucks . . . a phenolic insert on sale, three pieces of T track, a pack of T bolts and a couple of plastic knobs for same . . . oh, and a half sheet of MDF for a fence. 'Course it helped I already had a huge work bench to build the thing into.

If I can do it . . . pretty much any interested soul can.

I have learned one thing, while tables can be built for a song, and even routers are not really all that expensive . . . bits cost a fortune!!! It's like computer printers . . . it's the ink costs that can kill you!

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* I have learned one thing, while tables can be built for a song, and even routers are not really all that expensive . . . bits cost a fortune!!! It's like computer printers . . . it's the ink costs that can kill you! *

If you think this is bad, just get yourself a lathe!

Check out that new high-tech cordless router.. wireless and no recharging required!!
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Guess my question was whether or not a beginner would have the skills to build his own table. But...you're right; only I can answer that question.
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Tom...

The only way to build your skills is by doing!! Find yourself a plan that you like. Keeping within what YOU might consider a challenge. Then go for it, come up with a plan, and stick with it, working through all the problems and mistakes that will inevidably arise. Folks around here will be more than happy to help you through every step of the process.

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