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I am a advanced beginner woodworker and live in PA - I have most of the equipment - which I have been working to accumulate over the last couple of years mostly used from Craigslist - TS, BS, DP, Planner, and a Jointer I refurbished. Unfortunately, we moved and I lost my workshop space so I have not really used any of them much. About a month ago I started on a 12x20 free standing shop and hopefully, within a month or two it will be near completion - basically as time and $ allow. It is not very big but I am going to try and design the layout to be as efficient as possible - and I am happy my wife supported my building it.

Anyway. I was on CL the other day looking for something for dad - he lives in VA. Did not find that but I stumbled on a Iron Router Table with a Slider near him. I have been interested in a table but never bought one - I am fairly new to routers. I new from the picture it was an MLCS. Anyway, I had dad check it out and he said it looked real sturdy and almost like new the fence was there. So I had dad get it and he will be bringing it to PA in about a month when he visits. I ended up paying $150 for it from the Habitat for Humanity Store - which I felt was a good cause if nothing else to give $150 to. I know these table get mixed reviews (I think you have to lift the top to adjust the router) but I fiqured at $150 I would be hard pressed to buy the material to build one and the cast top weight should make to plenty stable.

Anyway, I would like to find a router for the table. I have read that this table is a real pain to install a router into and best to just leave one there permanently. I was thinking of a mid-size fixed base for the table. I kind of liked the Bosch 1617 - 2 1/4 hp - they seem sturdy and are reasonable in price. Would that be a good choice for this table? Any problems with the 1617s? Any better or other choices that are moderately priced? If there are better choices please explain why so I can learn a bit.

Also, I would like to make the router table mobile. With the stamped metal legs I was thinking about making a base out of 3/4" plywood with some 2" casters. It weights about 125lb so I would think 3/4 plywood would support that without a bunch of reinforcement. However, there are probably much better ideas for making a base for tools with the metal legs - any ideas and or pictures would sure be appreciated.
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Welcome! Glad to have You here, FordTrax's . I haven't ever had a iron table, much less use oner, I will say that It's a great organization' ! The price is great. Anytime You buy a used table, Your going to want to make some change. I have gone to Harbor Freight to get a few mobile bases, and have been happy with it. It gives You some nice Castor Assemblies with a base set-up. A few pieces of wood are needed to make it. I am impressed with the good marks given by the magazines for good product, and the price is great also. I haven't looked at them lately, However I believe for a 1/2 in. router in the larger horse power will be around 75.00 ! The mounting isn't too bad, The router has a removable skid plate that comes off to use it on the table, You can use that for the mounting holes on Your table. I would be as careful to mount it centered in the opening, and counter sunk screws make a great mount, however, make certain that the bolt head is flush, or slightly below the surface of the router! Save the plate that came off the router base, reuse it if the router is used free handed again. These are My feelings, and if You like Bosch, Go for it! Hopes this helps a bit! Howard.

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Bosch 1617's are industrial quality routers and built to last. You can find similar features in routers for about $50 less but they are not built the same. 1617EVS routers have had some switch problems over the years but Bosch stands behind their products and goes beyond warranties with replacement parts. For table mounting I suggest looking for the 1617 single speed model. An inexpensive after market speed controller can be used with this model and this puts the speed control out where you can easily adjust it. External speed controllers are larger so they vent off heat better, they are further removed from any vibration which helps extend their life. This is how I use mine and they have been trouble free for many years.
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Welcome, I would definatly build a base with quality casters for ease of movement if needed...Use of a product called Boshield T9 will do wonders on Your cast Iron follow up the spray with a coat of wax this is working very well for Me....Good Luck

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I would suggest to keep your surfaces protected use furniture wax (not car wax) as it does not contain silicone that could interfere with the finishing stages of your projects. This is what I use on the iron table saw top & other tops I want a smooth gliding surface.

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Lots of good advice to go forward with Fordtrax. Congratulations on the good router table buy and when possible, upload some shots of the table and shop when you make some progress on them. would love to see them!

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