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I'm a new member. I have worn out my old Rockler router table and I'm looking for a better one. Any recommendations? I will use it for shaping edges, cutting dadoes, cutting joints, etc. My router is a Porter Cable 7518.
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hello dale and welcome.

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Hi Dale.

You might consider the Bench Dog cast-iron table. Should wear a little better than the Melamine tops.

Bench Dog Full-Sized Cast Iron Router Table, Fence & Plate - Package #3 - Rockler Woodworking Tools

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why don't you try making your own top. Very easy to do. Two layers Mdf and then Formica.both sides
You can also make your own table support .
Cut out for router plate and away you go.
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cast-iron table ,BAD for Orange Park, Florida
This is the one time you want to go to the next step in router tables ( Phenolic type table )

Amazon.com: CMT 999.500.02 Industrio Router Table System with Precision Fence, Phenolic Insert, Cabinet, Zero Clearance Inserts, Centering Tool and Insert Plate with 2 Aluminum Rings: Home Improvement



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Hi Dale.

You might consider the Bench Dog cast-iron table. Should wear a little better than the Melamine tops.

Bench Dog Full-Sized Cast Iron Router Table, Fence & Plate - Package #3 - Rockler Woodworking Tools


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Dale, there are many good tables available and much of your decision depends on how you like to work. Many people like furniture style tables like the RT1000. This table is designed from the Fine Woodworking plans that Norm of the NYW copied for "his" table. Others prefer folding tables for easy storage; this type woud include one of Bosch's big tables and a couple from Kreg. My favorite manufactured table is the one from Oak Park, the Router Workshop table. When I joined the forums I had just built the table from ShopNotes #1. This is the same table style you can see on the PBS show Woodsmith Shop. Rick Rosendahl of the Router Workshop talked me into trying an Oak Park table and I would never switch back. Give some thought if you want to use T tracks or clamp your fence and accessories in place. Both ways work and there is no wrong way.

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Dale, there are many good tables available and much of your decision depends on how you like to work. Many people like furniture style tables like the RT1000. This table is designed from the Fine Woodworking plans that Norm of the NYW copied for "his" table. Others prefer folding tables for easy storage; this type woud include one of Bosch's big tables and a couple from Kreg. My favorite manufactured table is the one from Oak Park, the Router Workshop table. When I joined the forums I had just built the table from ShopNotes #1. This is the same table style you can see on the PBS show Woodsmith Shop. Rick Rosendahl of the Router Workshop talked me into trying an Oak Park table and I would never switch back. Give some thought if you want to use T tracks or clamp your fence and accessories in place. Both ways work and there is no wrong way.
Mike i also have the oak park router table with the dust colection . The table with the 3 fence's and it will do everthing other tables do. But the oak park table is the best my 2 cents

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Has anyone out there used the cast iron Bench Dog table? It appeals to me but there is no nearby Rockler store for me to look at it (not that the store would necessarily have it.) I'm also thinking about the Grizzly GO528 table, which is also cast iron and a little cheaper, but also unavailable for in person inspection.
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I am not familiar with the Oak Park table. I will Google it and take a look. I originally planned to build a table but decided the cast iron tables might be superior to anything I can make. Any thoughts on the quality of the cast iron tables?
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I am not familiar with the Oak Park table. I will Google it and take a look. I originally planned to build a table but decided the cast iron tables might be superior to anything I can make. Any thoughts on the quality of the cast iron tables?
Making your own is actually quite easy. Give it a whirl.

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