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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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At Lowes today I looked at 3 router tables and the prices I am quoting are close but may not be exact.
1 Skill at $99.00
2 Skill at $129.00
3. Bosh at 179.00
Does anyone know if any of these are worth spending money on or not.
I now have a craftsman table saw with a router set up on left side and everytime I need my saw I have to remove the router bit. A real pita and a knuckle buster on top of that.
Any feed back would be great.
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I'm guessing that you looking at bench-top "portable" router tables? How do the features of each match up to your requirements? (You have defined your requirements, right? ) What are the differences in build quality between them? Which routers will each model accommodate?

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Thanks Ralph
I have no idea as to what I really need as I have only used mine for a about a month and I have never been around anyone using a router or table.
Everything I have learned was self taught or picked up on this site which may I say is a great forum.
I have cut decorative edges and drawer lock joints on boxes I am building.
I also just got the 45 bit set from MLCS and presently building a toychest.
Can someone guide me as to what I need.
I don't want to buy one then need somthing else in a few months.
I looked at one at HF that looked good but I'm a little afraid of HF and still don't know what to look for in a table.

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Steve, if you can give us the model numbers of the tables you're considering, we can give better input. Links, if you can post them, would be even better.

Between Skil and Bosch, without knowing the models, I'd lean toward the Bosch. But, still, you may eventually want a table with more features, bigger router, lift, etc. It really depends on how much you want to spend right now.

For a pre-made be-all/end-all sort of setup, here's one set of options:

The BenchDog Package #3 ($900), BenchDog Pro lift ($330), and a 3 1/4hp PC 7518 router ($330, motor only)

Router Table Package #3, Plus Bench Dog Baltic Birch Cabinet - Rockler Woodworking Tools
Bench Dog 40-150 ProLift Router Adjustment System - Rockler Woodworking Tools
Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only - Rockler Woodworking Tools

FWIW, my latest table (and, hopefully, my last) is shop-made with the BenchDog Pro lift and the PC 7518.

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Thanks again Ralph
Maybe I should keep using the table saw router attachment until I know a little more about what I need.
I pulled plans on building a table but don't know all I really need to make it work.
I would love to cut box and dovetail joints on the table top.
It's just so inconvinient removing the bit each time I need the saw.
Also the bit will not raise high enough on some cuts to get full detail.
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Thanks again Ralph
Maybe I should keep using the table saw router attachment until I know a little more about what I need.
I pulled plans on building a table but don't know all I really need to make it work.
I would love to cut box and dovetail joints on the table top.
It's just so inconvinient removing the bit each time I need the saw.
Also the bit will not raise high enough on some cuts to get full detail.
Hi Steve - I don't understand why you just can't drop the bit below the surface, maybe block off the hole with a blank insert??

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If I were going for a smaller table I'd spring a little more for the Kreg precision benchtop router table. It's about $230 but is very good quality, above the skill and Bosch offerings and a very nice size to work with for smaller projects. Also, there is a Rockler table which is very similar. Slightly up in price is the Jessem table.
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