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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Default Any suggestion for an entry level router table top?

I just bought my first router two weeks ago, a Craftsman router. Now I am looking for a table. I can build a stand (cabinet) for the router by myself, but it is out of my depth to build a table top. Any suggestion (product link) for the top? What accessories do you think are the most useful?
I am a woodworking beginner and don't the router frequently, so the very professional one, like Incra, may not be my target.
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couple pieces of mdf glued together makes a nice flat table top. cut a hole to fit an insert plate and you are good to go. cant really get a whole lot easier
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Hi Will

About one for 125.oo bucks

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I just bought my first router two weeks ago, a Craftsman router. Now I am looking for a table. I can build a stand (cabinet) for the router by myself, but it is out of my depth to build a table top. Any suggestion (product link) for the top? What accessories do you think are the most useful?
I am a woodworking beginner and don't the router frequently, so the very professional one, like Incra, may not be my target.



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Mike is right it is really easy to build the top. If you think you can handle the cabinet then there should be no problem with the top. Check out the thread at the top of the fourm here to see one way to it.
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ing-plate.html

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A wide melamine coated shelf from a big box with a hole in it.
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The oak park top is a decent one, Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue,

My first table top was a kitchen sink cut out. You could always swing by your local Habitat for humanity store and pick up a bathroom vanity base and a scrap countertop for starters...

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A thin piece of good MDF can suffice if the table is well stressed. More on the whole picture.
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A sink cut out is a good choice, the laminate top will last a long time and moisture won't effect it.
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I agree with the others here, a top is very simple to make, certainly no more difficult than making a cabinet.
Don't think you have to get it exactly right the first time. Everybody seems to like different set-ups on their table and there is no way you will know what you like, or don't like, until you try. The hardest part will be the cutout for an insert (if you go with an insert), but it will be good practice learning to use your new router. Or you could just bolt the router to the underside of the top, many say that is the way to go anyway.
For your first try, don't even worry about what you have read about a laminated, multi-layer, super-flat, super-slick show-off top. Just make something to hold your router and see how you like using it. Learn by doing!
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I couldn't agree more with the comment that john made the quote that "you learn by doing couldn't be more true. Just like practice makes perfect. To add to the last post you can easily make a template or guide to make a router plate fit like a glove.
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