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This router table cost approx. 1,400.00 including accessories. I recently attended somerfeld seminar very impressive machine. My questions, is their a comparable router table for less cost? Anyone who has purchased the somerfeld router table I would appreciate feedback on it's performance. Thank you.
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* is their a comparable router table for less cost? *

Randy... I've been thinking about how to best reply to your post for a while now, and suspect others may be going through similar thoughts to mine. Does "comparable" refer to the metal top, the color, that it attaches to a wooden sub-base, or in what can be made using it? Router tables can be made, purchased, or built from a combination of components or from scratch. The price for those components can range from $30 to well over $2,000, depending upon what you seek and desire.

For about $250 you can buy the Oak Park table, a complete table (less router) that is highly rated, very popular here and used by Bob and Rick on the Router Workshop. Oak Park Enterprises Ltd. - Router Table, Router, Router Bits, Router Jigs, Router Accessories: Home

Here's a link to some of the router tables our members have and use. I would encourage you to take a look through these posts (and their pictures) and see what you like and don't like. It will help you define "comparable" and give you an idea of some of what can be done.

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

I've attached a few pictures of my own router table top but you will find many more to see in the attached link. It's the finest collection of RT pictures I've seen.
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Hi Randy,

You must be looking at this particular "unit". Sommerfelds Professional Cabinetmaking System-Sommerfeld's Tools For Wood

If you're considering the Sommerfeld's table, then look at these first. You can always "add" to them later on.

SO Top & Fence-Sommerfeld's Tools For Wood
Sommerfelds Table-Sommerfeld's Tools For Wood

Now, if you're wanting much cheaper tables that are comparable, the OP table, as Jim posted for you, works well.

Here are just a few others:

Router Tables & Accessories - Rockler Woodworking Tools
Router Tables and Router Table Tops
Router Tables - Woodcraft.com
MLCS Woodworking Router Table Headquarters

These are just a few to be listed, there are many, many more out on the market. Only you can decide what is best for you.

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hi Jm

these pictures were before you added dust collection right?

just noticed all the sawdust on the floor.

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* is their a comparable router table for less cost? *

Randy... I've been thinking about how to best reply to your post for a while now, and suspect others may be going through similar thoughts to mine. Does "comparable" refer to the metal top, the color, that it attaches to a wooden sub-base, or in what can be made using it? Router tables can be made, purchased, or built from a combination of components or from scratch. The price for those components can range from $30 to well over $2,000, depending upon what you seek and desire.

For about $250 you can buy the Oak Park table, a complete table (less router) that is highly rated, very popular here and used by Bob and Rick on the Router Workshop. Oak Park Enterprises Ltd. - Router Table, Router, Router Bits, Router Jigs, Router Accessories: Home

Here's a link to some of the router tables our members have and use. I would encourage you to take a look through these posts (and their pictures) and see what you like and don't like. It will help you define "comparable" and give you an idea of some of what can be done.

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

I've attached a few pictures of my own router table top but you will find many more to see in the attached link. It's the finest collection of RT pictures I've seen.
You never did answer my question Jim ... is that Zebra wood or a decorative stain job ?
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hi Duane, i thought Jim said it was laminate?

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so do i,Duane.

long posts get boring to me and i skim or just stop reading.

Jim pops in and out , so maybe he will correct us soon.

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Levon,
Glad to see UGA take A&M to the wood shed this year.

War Eagle and see you guys next year. Maybe we'll show up this time.

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hi Jm

these pictures were before you added dust collection right?

just noticed all the sawdust on the floor.
You got it, Levon.. I've got the above-table DC connected now and have just started construction of the cabinet to support it. It'll likely take me a while to finish it since I'm picking up materials a bit at a time, but I'll get there. I got the sheet goods, some of the drawer slides and sheet metal for the DC; the casters have been ordered. I've laminated 2 pieces of 1/2" BB ply for the base, cut two of the sides and drilled the pocket holes for them. I hope to get some protective polyurethane applied to the underside and the casters mounted this week (if they arrive in time) and get started on assembly this weekend. I've promised Harry a photo thread on it, so I'll once I get progressing I'll start a thread on it.

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