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is there a advantage to having a cast iron router table?
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Heavy, to reduce vibration. Flat. Can use magnet attachments.

Down side is that you have to watch for rust. Expensive.
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is there a advantage to having a cast iron router table?
Not really, I've had one for close to ten years but only because it was a second hand bargain at the time and looked very high tech. Quite frankly, all that's needed is a solid table or cabinet with a simple tall fence to enable one to produce quality work. All the bells and whistles that some go in for really are not necessary.
These shots show how it is now with a simple but tall fence and how it was, looking very technical and business like but pretty useless!
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thanks for you replies , iam just trying to figure out what my first table should be.
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thanks for you replies , iam just trying to figure out what my first table should be.
Not cast aluminum ! Specifically the kind with ribs cast in. It warps. I replaced mine with MDF.
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thanks for you replies , iam just trying to figure out what my first table should be.
Hi Mark - I would vote for MDF as a first table. That way changes/improvements/modifications can be made relatively easily. Believe me, once you get started using it you will find areas that would work better for you and with cast anything making significant changes can be a bear. JMHO

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I agree that a first table should be made of wood so that you can find what you like and don't like without spending a lot of money on an iron table.
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Rub in plenty of talcum powder into the cast iron to allow the wood to glide over the surface. Make sure that the table is level. New stuff can have problems, the cast iron is not left to de-stress before machining. Tables and beds were often left to settle outdoors before machining.
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