I have a small (might I say tiny) veritas (I think) metal one that is obviously too small and too light and just plain not good enough.
I have been threatening for years to build my own table, but each time I start researching it, I come up with just one more thing I want to have/do and end up kicking back to the design phase again
The main issue now is whether to buy a custom insert, make an insert, or make a table that does not use an insert at all (router attached directly to the table itself.
Secondarily, I have a few chunks of countertop stuff, but it is only formica on one side. Most plans that suggest this type of top usually recommend that you cover both sides to avoid warping. How important is this?
Miter gauge slots. half the plans I see say you must have 1 2 or even 3 of these, and others say they are a waste. Of the ones that recommend them some are pushing for T-Track, while others just want to be able to run something in the slot like a miter gauge or some kind of jig.
Safety pin. I have seen this recommendation, but I am honestly not really all that sure what it is for, or where it should be placed, or when it should be used.
Unless you are using it for planing and jointing is it necessary to have the two part individually adjusting fence? What else is it good for? I understand the use of a fence, what I mean is the independently adjusting part.
The one thing that I actually thought might be useful was to be able to use the router horizontally. Are there any designs that incorporate this as a feature. All I have seen so far are either-or designs.
Any other experiences or suggestions on the subject would be welcomed.