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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-25-2011, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question what is the best table

I have been searching the net for info, it only makes matters worse. I thought about a Bosch ra1181. I think I will get the Bosch 1617evspk router, unless there is a better one out there thanks Fisherman123
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Hi Mike

If you have 500.oo bucks you may want to take a hard look at the table below.


Plus see the Video on the web site.

OR if you can swing it get the one below (598.oo) I have 2 of them and to me they are the best router table around and some other members have them also..

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I have been searching the net for info, it only makes matters worse. I thought about a Bosch ra1181. I think I will get the Bosch 1617evspk router, unless there is a better one out there thanks Fisherman123

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Like a lot of things, the best table is the one you will use most. It will probably take a few tables until we learn what we like.


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First, good choice on the 1617. I have two, and I think they are great.

As for the table, I agree with Roger. I built my current table a little is over 5 years old. It is my second table and the first one I built. Either this summer or next, I am going to build a new one. I have been putting a lot of thought into what my next one will be, as after using the one I have now, I know what I like about it, and I definitely know what I don't like about it. There are so many different styles of tables and fences out there that you do almost have to use one or two to know what is going to work well for you.

Things to consider:
Table Size - There is no standard here, consider the types of things you are going to be working on.
Router Position - Many tables have them centered, others they are not
Fence Style - Some have very basic to very complex
Router lift - Some routers, including the 1617, have a built in above the table adjustment, is that good enough or do you want a more robust one?
What's under the table - Do you want a full on cabinet for storage (like Norm's) or do you just want 4 legs to hold it up?
Dust Collection - There are many schools of thought on this.
Shop Made or Commercial - If you have the time (doesn't take as long as you think either) you can build a table that is the fraction of the cost of a commercial one.

Now that I have probably overwhelmed you , the table listed Bob is a very good table and has been getting very good reviews, and would likely serve you well.
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Router tables are somewhat like brides. The "best" is a matter of personal opinion and preference. The difference, of course, is that the RT doesn't have a choice.

While the available options are many, and can be confusing, you can learn from the experience of others here. Make a list of what you think you'll want to accomplish on your own router table, and then compare the features of the available models against that list. If you are imaginative enough when making the list, you might be able to buy or build your personal "end-all" router table the first time out. Otherwise, like most of us, you'll have several over the years.

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