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I am currently looking for a replacement router table. I have a small benchtop model(Bench Dog) that I have never been happy with, and am in the process of making very tall cabinets with raised panel doors. I have been doing research about Sommerfeld, Bench Dog Phenolic and Cast, and Woodpeckers Phenolic.

Any experiences that you could give me would be appreciated.

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HI Bob

You may also want to check the DVD below, quick and easy router table..

Pocket Hole Joinery Router Tables by John Sillaots - DVD

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I am currently looking for a replacement router table. I have a small benchtop model(Bench Dog) that I have never been happy with, and am in the process of making very tall cabinets with raised panel doors. I have been doing research about Sommerfeld, Bench Dog Phenolic and Cast, and Woodpeckers Phenolic.

Any experiences that you could give me would be appreciated.

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Thanks, Bob, I will.

I have the large triton router, and have been leaning toward the Sommerfeld table, as it accepts this router with no modification. A 5 star review by editor of Wood magazine who used it for 6 months, but others have been slamming it(not flat, leaves black marks on wood, etc).
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I just purchased a Peachtree Woodworking #3352 Phenolic Router Table Kit, 24" X 32" X full 1" thick for my Triton MOF001C. My shop is not climate controlled most of the time so MDF was kind of out of the question due to humidity concerns. The cast iron tables on my band saw and table saw are "protected" with magnetic sheet covers from WoodCraft. So I had my mind made up that phenolic was the way to go. Most phenolic tables are 3/4" thick. The full 1" thickness of this top was what caught my attention. It is really solid. Also comes with a phenolic plate. It might be worth a look for you.
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I prefer the larger tables for making the larger cabinets. I think you need plenty of table support for these sometimes large pieces.

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I have found fault with all the bought router tables I have used. Nothing is perfect. I have built 2 tables that suit what I do, with 2 fences, as I said nothing is perfect, but by building your own, you will get what you need.
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I concur with the suggestion to build your own to suit your specific needs. Commercially-built tables are always a compromise aimed at the needs of "average" user, divided by the cost of manufacturing. If I worked with large panels, for example, I'd build a table that would provide full support on both the infeed and outfeed sides.

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