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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-01-2010, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Question Oak Park vs Bench Dog

Which in your view is better? I like the oak Park which has a bigger table top,but, doesn't have any t tracks for a miter guage etc. and don't like the fence which isn't in a track and has to be clamped down. The Bench Dog has a aluminum fence vs a plastic on the OP. Is there any one who has one of these and how do you like it
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The OP is Phenolic, not plastic. Their plates are sturdy. I've have my OP table going several yrs now. No issues at all. IMHO, the OP doesn't need those "T" tracks. It does have a miter gauge, which is a very handy accessory. I wouldn't or ever will get rid of my OP. It does everything that those that have all the bells an whistles do. Because it follows one concept. K.I.S.S. rule.

I can't answer for the Bench Dog, I don't have one.

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thanks for your opinion, after doing more research I am leaning to buying the OP..
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Greg,

Keep your eyes on this thread... many here have the OP and love 'em.

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Is Oak Park a Sponsor here?
Would be nice to buy from a sponsor??

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Is Oak Park a Sponsor here?
Would be nice to buy from a sponsor??
Oak Park is pretty much "THE" sponsor. And their products work, right out of the box.

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They are the sponsor and it's also the router table you see on "The Router Workshop", so if you like / watch their videos, your setup would be identical to theirs. With over 180 episodes, they've got video of doing things with a router I'd never dreamed of.!

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Not all owners love them.
I own one. My wife purchased it for me (Christmas present) of course from my suggestion -- gathered from this forum --

After offering complaints on this forum -- I was duly chastised. You were wise to point out sponsorship.

On the negative side
1. If you buy the plate you should know the the plate does not ride flush to the table. O.P. says that is a feature so the wood will not catch on the outfeed side. but that only give a few inches of support (half the plate) to support long boards -- if the plate was flush then there would not be a catch.

2. You will be stuck with OP accessories or make your own to fit.

3. Cost is rather steep for the product. especially what it is made out of.
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I have had only very good experiences with my OP table. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Why not buy a plate and make the rest, or a plate and a top. The cabinet is just a set of flat panels. In the U.K. we have very little choice of router table product. What there is can be very expensive, generally folded steel plate. I have always made my own. Am I satisfied, generally, then I make improvements on the next one. My latest two cause me no problems. A couple of pics of the small benchtop table.
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