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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-10-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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This is Richard....hello to all routers. I am a 72 yr old (looks funny to put that in writing!) rookie. Just purchased Bosch combo and deluxe guide. Now it seems I need a table....just looking and reading. Thought I would build one....(just finished a nice workbench....for me)....but have decided that it's not a good idea to build one.... tempted to buy new Bosch table RA1181......any other suggestions would be welcome.....
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Hi, Richard. If you read some of the older posts about commercially-made tables of various brands, and router table designs for shop-made tables, you'll get a good sense of the range of features and uses.

Bench-top models have obvious limitations, including which routers fit the pre-drilled mounting holes, and often, the size of bits that can be used. Some have lifts available, which allows above-bench bit changes, easy adjustment, etc., some don't.

Ultimately, the choice that is right for you depends on what you want to do on the router table. There's no easy, one-size-fits-all answer.

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Out of curiosity, why not build? There are many of us, including myself, that have built our own tables, and they work out just as good as many of the commercial ones, and at a lower price.
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Out of curiosity, why not build? There are many of us, including myself, that have built our own tables, and they work out just as good as many of the commercial ones, and at a lower price.
Ditto! Why not?

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BOSCH RA1181 is a good one. You don't need to bother to build one.
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not all of us feel we have the skills to build are own table. this why i very rarely come to this forum. i have sence jion onther forum who do not care of your skill level. there is no such think is a dumb question only dumb asnwersers.
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not all of us feel we have the skills to build are own table. this why i very rarely come to this forum. i have sence jion onther forum who do not care of your skill level. there is no such think is a dumb question only dumb asnwersers.
I was in that group when I went ahead to try to build my own. Thought things through before starting and things worked out. A great benefit/resource was the wealth of knowledge from woodworkers who had done the same before me.

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My apologies if my question above came across as wanting to cater to those with a higher skill level. I have actually found that this forum does cater to those at all skill levels. Also, the router table was one my first real woodworking projects, as I felt it would be a great skill builder to get started. The router table can be a simple or as complex as you make it out to be, but the over-all joinery is typically very simple.

One thing I have found with router tables, more so with any other stationary tool, is that there is a very high degree of personalization to them, and they often evolve and grow as the skill of the woodworker grows, which is why I am an advocate of building a table. The router table I built nearly 6 years ago has held up well, and I still use it frequently. However, a new table is on my list of projects as my skills and needs have grown.
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