Planning to build a RT--save a newby from himself
I'm thinking through options for a shop-built RT. I've never owned a router before, and could use some advice and/or critique of my thinking.
I expect to use it for projects smaller than furniture, if that helps. Also I want to put a priority on dust control.
For the router I'm looking at the 12 A units. I started considering kits with the following routers:
I scratched the DeWalt since it has no height adjustment from the table top. I want to simplify this first table, and not having to buy a lift seems like an advantage. With the other 2, the PC costs a bit more, and I'm wondering if its worth the difference. Any handheld routing I do for now will be done using the same router.
All table styles seem to have a dust port on the fence, but do I understand correctly that enclosing the router in a box and putting a dust port there also will improve dust control? If so, is it a big difference? It seems like the box idea would dictate a floor standing design. I've seen pictures of Norm's design, and I think its too big for my space. A smaller floor standing design could be just the right size.
A bench-top table strikes me as too high. Mounted to a contractor saw is perhaps what I will do if I don't use the dust control box idea. Having selected a table style, I'll be looking for plans, so if you know of plans that you would recommend, I would appreciate knowing how to find a copy (bought or free, doesn't really matter).
I will certainly appreciate all input generated by this query.