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I just purchased the freud ft 3000 from woodcraft. Ive been involved with furniture making for several years at the local CC. We have evreything there, this is for home use. Is the rockler router table package with stand any good or should i just make my own? For the price 279 plus 50 dollar gift coupon it seems chaeper than making one as fence, plate etc are expensive. Any thoughts?
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Considering the price of most router plates (the Harbor Freight plate is an exception here), The Rockler tables are a good, quick-start alternative for general work. I bought their table top (top only, with fence) a few years back, and was pleased.

But, making your own is relatively simple, and allows you to design it as you want. A few months ago, for example, I decided I wanted a heavier-duty router, and a lift. I went with the Rockler BenchDog Pro lift and a PC 7518 router, but made my own top for them.

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Thank you for your reply Ralph,

My concern sis the weight of the 13 pound Freud on the 1/4 inch aluminum plate and the fact that someone said that the rockler fence only locks on one end. Ive just seen it online. Any thoughts on those issues?
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Thank you for your reply Ralph,

My concern sis the weight of the 13 pound Freud on the 1/4 inch aluminum plate and the fact that someone said that the rockler fence only locks on one end. Ive just seen it online. Any thoughts on those issues?
Both ends of my Rockler fence are on T-bolt slots, so it's fully adjustable. Locking at only one end doesn't make sense.

I don't think the weight would be an issue for the 1/4" plate. The table is just MDF, though, so it might sag over time under the weight. A couple of pieces of aluminum angle glued/screwed to the underside could provide additional support, though.

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Ok Ralph, Thanks for that. The weight is a consideration. The Angle on the bottom could help. It seems like too nice of a router to have passed up.
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Welcome to the Forum!
If you go with the Rockler, let me know how you like it as I've been considering the same table.
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I have the Rockler table and 7000 series pc with the bench dog lift and think it works great
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