Originally Posted by tennis2005tennis View Post
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!