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Hello everyone. I am new to Router Forums and I have a Porter Cable 690 Series Router and am looking for a router table less than $300 range. I have been looking at the Bosch RA1171 for $179, and the Kreg PRS2000 for $255 at Lowes. I looked into the Porter Cable router table; however, one review said that it was a little flimsy. I have looked on Amazon for router tables and have read several reviews. They are all across the board. I am a little confused and I appreciate opinions from any reader as to the compatibility of my Porter Cable 690 and a reasonably good quality table. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Mark, I think the best deal offered on a table right now is the Grizzly Presidents special for $106. If you want a furniture style table like the one Norm uses on the NYW check out the special offered by member Joe on the RT1000SE in our Vendor Announcements section. It is a touch over $300 but one of the best looking tables for sale with black walnut and clear maple trim. The PC 690 has been around a long time. Many forum members love them. There is a world of difference if you jump to one of the newer combo kit routers. Height adjustments are easier, many offer LED lights built in to help view the cutting area and most have a through the table height adjustment feature. The jump from 1.5 hp to 2-1/4 hp makes a very noticeable difference. My long time favorite Bosch 1617 has been reduced in price to $179 including the soft start/speed control feature. All that said, your 690 is a very serviceable router and will perform most routing operations. I would not try to spin large panel raising bits with it but other than that you should be fine.

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Welcome, I have a nice table used only 2-3 times with aluminum insert drilled for Porter Cable routers, will make Ya a good deal if interested send me a Private Message

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As a beginning woodworker I built my router table cabinet as my very first project and it came out as well as could be expected. I didn't use a plan but based it on a table picture I saw in a woodworking mag. I used one sheet of 3/4" MDF for the cabinet and a small piece of 1/4" hardboard inside the cabinet to channel the shavings. I did buy a Woodpeckers Top and Fence to round it out though.

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Thank you so much for the information.
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I am not allowed to PM until I have made at least 10 posts. I am interested in seeing your table that you have for sale.
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Mark, I think the best deal offered on a table right now is the Grizzly Presidents special for $106. If you want a furniture style table like the one Norm uses on the NYW check out the special offered by member Joe on the RT1000SE in our Vendor Announcements section. It is a touch over $300 but one of the best looking tables for sale with black walnut and clear maple trim. The PC 690 has been around a long time. Many forum members love them. There is a world of difference if you jump to one of the newer combo kit routers. Height adjustments are easier, many offer LED lights built in to help view the cutting area and most have a through the table height adjustment feature. The jump from 1.5 hp to 2-1/4 hp makes a very noticeable difference. My long time favorite Bosch 1617 has been reduced in price to $179 including the soft start/speed control feature. All that said, your 690 is a very serviceable router and will perform most routing operations. I would not try to spin large panel raising bits with it but other than that you should be fine.
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Thank you for the recommendation as to the Grizzly Presidents table. I am almost ready to pull the trigger. This looks like a great introductory table for me.
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I just got the President's Special from Grizzly. For $106 ($130 to my door) with decent top and ok steel stand, it seems like a really good deal. The top appears to be identical to the top that MLCS sells.
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