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I'm in need of a router table. So I'm looking for ideas. I have a Sears router that I have had for years. This new project I have, requires a table. I have seen some tables as high as $500. I can't afford that, so I'm looking to buid my own. Any help would be appreciated.
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Hi woodinhead,

If you are looking for a quick table, do a google on building a router table. If you want to build a table with bells and whistles and has nearly all of the "bugs" worked out, search here, look at and read about all of the different possibilities.

Since what you want to do with it plays such a huge part in what to build, you owe it to yourself to spend some time here figuring out what you want/need.

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I'm in need of a router table. So I'm looking for ideas. I have a Sears router that I have had for years. This new project I have, requires a table. I have seen some tables as high as $500. I can't afford that, so I'm looking to buid my own. Any help would be appreciated.
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What kind of project do you have in mind?

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Thanks for the welcome. ( I hope I do this right, besides being new to router tables, I'm new to forums). The project I have in mind, is putting a decorative edge on a cabinet door. The door is small, and I thought a table would be a nice addition to my shop.
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Hi, and welcome. Where are you located?
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The general rule is that if your piece is small, it is better to take it to the router (in a table), if the piece is large it is better to take the router to the piece (handheld). A bearing guided bit will work just fine to do a handheld profile on your door. You'll still need a table for other jobs.

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Sam, here is a link to an easy way to get started: Router Forums - View Single Post - Build a table top and install a mounting plate

You are welcome to come make sawdust with us in Detroit, send me a PM if you are interested.

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