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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks, i've been looking at various router tables recently with the intention of buying one.I was having a look at the Axminster table with the sliding table and was tempted,however further research lead me to A charnwood model and A record model and all three look exactly the same ,does anybody know if these are the same tables with different brand names?..what attracted me to the table was the router clamp system,the sliding carriage and the weight.Does any one out there own one of these tables?...are they any good? Thanks..Philip p.s this will be my first router table!
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i had a record table, it was nice to use ,but a lot of wasted space underneath.so i made my own,its a cabinet on wheels,draws and a cupboard.and cost less than 50.now im going to make a new one, google router table made easy and look under youtube ,mine is going to be like this with my own top.
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I have a Trend Pro at school. I think most U.K router tables are really lacking. I dont mean that they don't have a "Norm" cabinet. Make your own. Kitchen top and router plate, plus fence, either home made or bought, avoid Axminster stuff. I have 2 nice tables, they both use the Jessem router lift, one has an Incra fence system, the other has a vacuum extracting fence.
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Philip, I have no direct knowledge about the tool scene in the UK. But, if the commercially-made tables you are looking at are "affordable", they are almost certainly made in China by one of several manufacturers there. If they look similar, they are likely simply re-branded versions of the same product. We see the same sort of similarity between brands here in the U.S., since almost nothing is made here, either.

The sliding table design looks interesting at first glance, like the sliding-table cabinet saw. If part of the table slides, however, there has to be some tolerance to allow for movement. That movement has to translate into stock movement (relative to the bit), as well.

The components that make a router table most useful or convenient are the plate design, the lift (if any), and the fence. The rest is just a flat surface into or onto which the other components are mounted.

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Thanks for the info Ralph,I think I am gona buy a straight forward model(without all the frills),good solid top,regular size insert plate and solid straight fence!. . . will prob' be making my own table 6-7months down the line anyway,once i've got the hang of things,most of you more experienced guys seem to make your own that suits your own individual needs..seems to be lots of plans available for me to draw on when the time comes! thanks again.Philip
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philip, i aint a router expert. but i bought 3 tables in three years and found all commercial tables crap. i ended up making my own with cupboard and drawers. total layout excluding the plate,,






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i am in the process of making another, where in the uk are you based ?.

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philip, i aint a router expert. but i bought 3 tables in three years and found all commercial tables crap. i ended up making my own with cupboard and drawers. total layout excluding the plate,,






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i am in the process of making another, where in the uk are you based ?.
Hi,Col I live at the foot of the mourne mountians in N.Ireland...'no router expert either,in fact I have never owned A router table! Just today I bought A 'Bench dog pro router table',the last one from rutlands clearance line at a nice price,so waiting for delivery.It seems most guys with a bit more experience make their own.I've only really used a router for installing mortice locks and chamfering or rebating,so thought i would go for an of the shelf model for my first!....I only own A small 1/4" makita router and A 'cheapo' ryobi,which i'm not too impressed with..what router/routers do you own? and would you recomend a particular model? Philip
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That router table should be OK. Later you can make your own cupboard type base for it, so that you can store all your bits, jigs, etc.

It is worth getting something beefy like a Triton or DW625 for a table. I picked up a s/h DW625 on eBay quite reasonably. Just keep watching out, set yourself a limit and don't be tempted to go above it. There will always be another one, particularly with the DeWalt. Whilst a clapped out one is always possible, most seem to have been bought and hardly used. The clapped out ones usually look a bit battered anyway !

I've both and they perform well. I've even got a Ryobi, mostly because it came with two fences that fit everything else and was silly money. It isn't the same quality though.

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hiya philip, i have 2 elu mof 177e's , a dewalt 625, dewalt 613 a freud ft 2000, and a elu mof 96 i have one of the elu 177e's in my table and i am using a car scissor jack for adjusting the height.the bast router i have used, for build quality is the 1/2 in elu177e. they are about 15 years old and still in great condition. i did have three of them but let one go on ebay last week. your very lucky to be living in such a beautiful part of n ireland.

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hiya philip, i have 2 elu mof 177e's , a dewalt 625, dewalt 613 a freud ft 2000, and a elu mof 96 i have one of the elu 177e's in my table and i am using a car scissor jack for adjusting the height.the bast router i have used, for build quality is the 1/2 in elu177e. they are about 15 years old and still in great condition. i did have three of them but let one go on ebay last week. your very lucky to be living in such a beautiful part of n ireland.
Hi Colin,'great idea using a scissor jack,i've never heard of that method before,does it work well? I was toying with the idea of buying A router lift system but they're very expensive (those U.S.A guys don't know how good they have it with price of power tools).'Dont know much about 'elu' the major brands over here seem to be trend,de-walt,bosch.Thanks for the heads up.Philip. p.s There's not a day goes by that im not greatfull for where I live!....of to google elu now.P
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