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I am new to this forum and new to woodworking too. I've got a 2HP craftsman #17543 router this thanksgiving and is now looking for an introductory router table. No fancy but need to be relatively reliable for most work. Thanks if you have anything on mind. (prefer around <$200)

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Hi Wanz:

Welcome to the Router Forums!

Several members here recommend the Oak Park router table (http://www.oak-park.com/index.html), as seen on the show The Router Workshop. Nothing fancy but very functional.

I would like to suggest getting something simple to start with, then designing your own table. By designing your own table, you can put in whatever features you need or want and leave out features that you don't want and need.

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Hello,

I am new to this forum and new to woodworking too. I've got a 2HP craftsman #17543 router this thanksgiving and is now looking for an introductory router table. No fancy but need to be relatively reliable for most work. Thanks if you have anything on mind. (prefer around <$200)

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This is the table I started with. Pretty basic and not perfect by a long shot but a decent little table that folds up and stores out of the way. The issues I had with it were pretty easily resolved and I learned a lot about what I needed/wanted in a table. Also rides over to my son's place in the trunk of the car for the odd jobs that seem to be getting more frequent. Runs about $140 with free shipping.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...r_table_3.html
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I would get on craigslist and start looking there. I have seen some really great deals floating around. Back when the economy was good, guys were buying tools up like candy. Now things have gone south, people are selling their stuff like crazy. Some of it is practicly new. Give it a whirl.
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Thanks all for the suggestion. I'm going to study and look around.

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I,d make one rather than buy. There,s plenty of plans out there and if all else fails just buy a small cabinet base at Lowes or HD and then look around for a decent top at any of quite a few woodwork stores or dealers and p/u one. Check the Woodpeckers site they usually have a few with blems cheap. I made the mistake of tryin to learn on one of those tabletop units shown above and their,s no comparison to a nice standup unit that can easly be made portable by the addition of a few casters
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Hello Wanz
Strongly recomend that you check out the Kreg PRS 1020 Table mated with a PRS 1010 Fence with and added KMS 7215 Micro adjuster. You can easily build your own base. This is a very good system, with qiuck, accurate adjustment and very versitile. If you log into the Woodsmith web site , you will see that is what they use. You will not regret purchasing this sytem.
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Without a doubt, the Oak Park system. After that, make one.

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Without a doubt, the Oak Park system. After that, make one.
+3 on the Oak Park table.

And attach it to a folding work bench -simple - cheap- effective and portable.

So far I have no need to build any others..
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