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I am looking at building or buying a router table and I have a few questions.

A) I plan on using a dedicated router for the table, should I look at a fixed base and a lift kit or a plunge router? What are the advantages to either?

B) How big of a router should I buy and what brand is your suggestion and why?

C) If I buy a router table, any suggestions as to which one to look at? OR do you have any decent plans that does not take up half my work shop?

I am not going to say that the cost is no object, I want to buy the best I can get and not break the bank.
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Welcome Ted.

What kind of work are you planning to do with the table, light, medium, heavy?
How much room do you have in your shop?
Would you like to have storage built into a table?
Do you need it to be portable so you can move it around the shop, or take it with you to a job site?

If you answer these questions I'm sure you'll get answers.

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A note on fixed or plunge.
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HI Ted

For me it's best to have both, one for the router table and one for hand jobs or to say one router motor that can be used for both jobs, the DeWalt 621/625 are fine routers but you only get one motor and one base...I do push the new Craftsman because all you need is a good 2 1/2HP router to do most jobs on the table and hand jobs..and the price is right.. and it comes with all the extra items,like lights,lift kit built in that can be used in the router table, plus so much more..

I should note you can use the plunge base or the standard base in your router table they both come with the lift kit built in.. plus if you like to use the "D" handle base you can get one of them also from Sears, at one time they came with all 3 bases and as a kit,I will post a link and you can still get it at a great price..

And yes I do have 4 of the kits plus 3 of the 2 1/2HP routers combo kits as well, when I see a great deal I get it ,can't have to many routers

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Craftsman Professional 28084 12.5 amp Corded Fixed/Plunge D-Handle Combination Router : Sears Outlet

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I am looking at building or buying a router table and I have a few questions.

A) I plan on using a dedicated router for the table, should I look at a fixed base and a lift kit or a plunge router? What are the advantages to either?

B) How big of a router should I buy and what brand is your suggestion and why?

C) If I buy a router table, any suggestions as to which one to look at? OR do you have any decent plans that does not take up half my work shop?

I am not going to say that the cost is no object, I want to buy the best I can get and not break the bank.


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Thank you all for the welcome. My shop is kind of small, basicly a 12 x 24 ~tool~ shed that is now my workshop. Thus I need it to be portable in the sense that I need to move it out of my way when I work with my other tools...so something about 18" to 19" deep would be the max by maybe 24 to 30" long, with storage underneith for my routers, bits, etc. The unit would be on casters.

As far as how heavy of usage it will get is probably light to moderate. This is just a hobby for me as I am preparing for the day when I can stay home and work at something I like instead of going to work because I have to. I figure I have a couple of years to get my shop set up before I can spend most of my days there. Last year I made 3 quilt racks for my wife's family (picture attached). Making the dowels on a Craftmans special that my kids got me years ago for Christmas made it pretty clear that I need to do a major up-grade if I want to keep my sanity.
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Hi Ted,
The Craftsman kit Bob mentions would be a good choice, the people using that router have good things to say about it.
Here is a link for a good router table package that won't cost you an arm and leg.
T10432 Router Table with Stand
You can add a shelf for some storage space, maybe drawers under the shelf, shop build caster system, the router Bob mentioned and have a real good set up to do some more of those good looking quilt racks.
Later you might want to build a router cabinet, use this top and fence, and buy another tool to put on the stand.
Hope this helps,
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Welcome Ted, I have a table for sale (really need the space) send me a private message, I can send Ya pics or there is a thred somewhere in the for sale with a few pics posted ....I really need to sell it as my shop is getting very cramped......I will make Ya a good deal

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Ok, If I am going to dedicate a router to a table, should I consider a Shaper instead? What do the router experts say? Would the shaper be a better tool?
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"should I consider a Shaper instead? "
All day or very frequent doors, drawers and windows?
Then a shaper is called for.
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