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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2010, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Question Purchase table??


I am considering purchase of a bench top routing table. What are the must have features to look for including table size?
I am a newbie at this.

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Size depends on a lot of factors such as how much space you have for storage, etc. If you plan on buying instead of making your own, make sure that the insert plate can be easily leveled with the top. I know that sounds pretty basic, but I've seen some commercial tops that are horrible (not mentioning any brand names). Also, look for ease of adjustability of the fence system and be sure it can lock down firmly. Beyond that, there are a lot of features offered by a lot of different companies, some of which you may or may not want.
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Depends on what you are going to do with it and how long will you be using it? I have read lots on it. Cheep tables tend to sag over time with the weight of a router in it just sitting there. Also if your going to be making cabinets or larger pieces a bigger one is better for stability. And last but not least is how much do you want to spend?

I am in the same boat. I will be keeping it all in a garage prone to mosture and plan on keeping it for a long time. Cabinets, vanities, boxes, ect. The Bentch Dog cast iron is nice..so is the Sommerfield one its made out of aluminum. But pricey.

Try looking at sawmillcreek forums. They are more active with more advice. I have posted in here a few times without much response.

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Similar issues here. Using a garage with limited space. Humidity in summer will be a problem (Northern Wisconsin). Will MDF absorb moisture and ad to sagging problem? Cast iron extension to table saw would eliminate that issue. I would rather leave table saw alone and purchase a bench top router table with proper insert. Willing to spend for proper table size, fence and insert stability. My router is a DeWalt 618. One reason for bench top is that I could bring into my home (air conditioner and dehumidifier)during summer months when I would not be using very much.
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