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Hi Could anyone tell me what table top & router incert is the best quality. Thanks Jeff
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Welcome to the router forum, Jeff.

There are many brands on the market with similar levels of quality. it can be hard to choose, sometimes.

Did you have a particular brand in mind?

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I used Rosseau router insert system to add my router to the side table of my table saw.

Installation was easy and the low cost was attractive. I was able to use the guides from my table saw, supplemented by some slotted T's.

I added some extrusions to setup the guide system for the router.

It has worked pretty well, although the setup may be a little longer than some of the commercially available systems.

Only problem has been the brittle nature of the Rosseau inserts, but replacements are inexpensive.

All this from a hobbiest perspective.

I recommend that you check the back issues of ShopNotes for some other setups that might appeal to you, if budget is an issue. There was recently an article on router raiser setup.

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I made my own table from 2 layers of 1 inch thick marine ply topped with 1.5 mm Formica.
Aluminium inserts seem to me to be the best option as have heard lots of people saying the Phenolic sags after time. But I am a novice in routing also so bear that in mind.
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I amde my own table from 2 layers of 1 inch thick marine ply topped with 1.5mmformica.
Aluminium inserts seem to me to be the best option as have heard lots of people saying the Phenolic sags after time. But I am a novice in routing also so bear that in mind.
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The issue with aluminum is the anodizing/coatings wearing off and leaving black aluminum oxide marks on the work. The more expensive plates will have harder (read thicker anodizing). Keeping them waxed retards the wear and I have repainted them with epoxy enamels with fair success.

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I have a Woodpeckers table top, superfence and aluminum insert pre-drilled for my Porter-Cable 892 router that I like a lot. The inserts come pre-drilled for several of the more common routers as well. I have not used it enough to have the problem John alluded to, but if it does happen I will just re-coat it and continue on my merry way. I do use a high grade carnauba wax on my table at least once a week as well as the insert so maybe I will not encounter the oxidation problem.

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Thanks guys for all the responses. Now i have another question. When i build the router cabinet should i use mdf or plywood. This router set up is for 2 routers on the same table top. Does anyone know of any plans i could buy to see how an experienced woodworker has done it. Thanks again. Jeff
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Hi Jeff

Not a real plan just a drawing, I was going to make one a week or two ago but I said not now I have two many for the shop,maybe some day..

Just a note,,, some will say ,are you concern about with over loading the circuit with one switch for both the router and the Vacuum system, no I put a device in place (see below) that has a delay built in to it that turns on the vacuum after switch if flipped on in about a 30 sec." delay" that keeps the start up load off the breaker and it turns off the vacuum at power down of the router.


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i-socket 110m Tool and Vacuum Switch - Rockler Woodworking Tools


Open type cabinet like below
Deluxe Router Table..Improved - YouTube

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remote switch with outlet so I can unplug the router every time I need to work on it..and a place for the vac.or light plug in,plus a shot of the swing type fence ..
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Jeff, it might be simpler just to get two mounting plates the same and swap out routers for different jobs. Or you could follow BJ's example and corner the market on routers and tables!

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Hi Mike

\hahahahahaha I have watched Bob R. and Ric R.flip routers in and out of the router table and they always need to re setup the fence and the bits.with the swing fence way no need to pop in a new router just pop in a router bit..and just move over to the new router bit setup.. should work great on the matched router bits sets when making R & P parts for the cabinet doors and panels, etc.

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