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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have an old Craftsman bench table that I bought 12 or 15 years ago. I only used it a couple of times because it is such a pain to use. The end tables started bending so I reinforced them with steel to straighten them out. I have my dads old ľĒ router permanently mounted to the bottom because itís so hard to take off and on.

I pull it down at least every couple of years to try and make something and always end up doing something else. It mostly sits up on top of my tool boxes collecting dust.



I was going to buy a table saw version, but got talked out of that over at Woodworking Talk. Now Iím glad that I did not do that because I just donít have the room and my table saw takes up too much space as it is.

I skimmed through the ďWanted! pictures of your router table!Ē thread and Iím just blown away by some of those tables and Iím tempted now more than ever to try and building one. I have a few plans from some wood working magazines, but after watching a video for the Kreg PRS1040 Precision Router Table I think I might just buy a table with all the features, but Iím just a little taken back by the price or at least for PRS1040.

I also looked on craigslist to see if I could find a used one, but all could find were bench top models.

So now Iím looking for a table with fence and I'll build the rest. I saw a few tables here in this forum where the table folds up for access to the router and I think that would be an important feature for me. As I mentioned before I donít have a lot of room and I need something with a small footprint and wheels to store it when not in use. I just donít know what size of table I need. I guess I could build fold up table extensions if I need it real wide.

Anybody have any recommendations for a good table top that has the necessary features or maybe point me to a good place to buy a readymade table?
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I built a router table that goes on top of my workmate. It works very well and there is little that I can't do with it.....you might consider doing that.....

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If your still looking to purchase one check out MLCS woodworking. If you use coupon code 12CCNEW10 you get 10% off (as I did).....

Can't post a direct link since I don't have 10 posts. But go to mlcswoodworking.com MLCS Heavyweight and Precision Router Tables. They also have less expensive models....
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I built a router table that goes on top of my workmate. It works very well and there is little that I can't do with it.....you might consider doing that.....
thanks!
Iím just so cramped for space that I canít get to the right side of my table saw and I have my joiner/planer under the left side. Itís hard to see in this photo, but the flash light is sitting on the joiner/planer



Thereís no room in back because I have to open my garage door to cut anything longer than 30Ē and I donít want to open the door every time to use.

Anyway Iím now thinking about one of these tabletop/fence package. MLCS Router Table Top, Fence, and Cabinet Base
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you might consider a router table that attachťs to your table saw if room allows.
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If your still looking to purchase one check out MLCS woodworking. If you use coupon code 12CCNEW10 you get 10% off (as I did).....

Can't post a direct link since I don't have 10 posts. But go to mlcswoodworking.com MLCS Heavyweight and Precision Router Tables. They also have less expensive models....
OMG!, I donít know how I missed your post.

Thatís perfect because Iím struggling between building a table or buying the MLCS Router Table Top. This coupon might just push me over. Iíve been going back and forth on the idea. Everyday I look at the MLCS RT then I look at some of the tables in the sticky thread and I just canít decide what to do.
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i have a 24x48 home built work bench that i designed to be able to interchange each half (2x2) with a different surface. one of the surfaces is a router table top with an integrated lift that you can operate from the top. i haven't made a fence yet, i just clamp a 2x4 across the top for that. i also have not yet added any dust collector support for it, but i am still happy with it.
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i have a 24x48 home built work bench that i designed to be able to interchange each half (2x2) with a different surface. one of the surfaces is a router table top with an integrated lift that you can operate from the top. i haven't made a fence yet, i just clamp a 2x4 across the top for that. i also have not yet added any dust collector support for it, but i am still happy with it.
Oh cool! Iíd like to see it.

Iím also fascinated with this table on YouTube because of its simplicity. The guy threw it together in a weekend and I thought about building it to gain a little experience with a table so that I know what is important to me. Iím also impressed with his dust collection.


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OMG!, I donít know how I missed your post.

Thatís perfect because Iím struggling between building a table or buying the MLCS Router Table Top. This coupon might just push me over. Iíve been going back and forth on the idea. Everyday I look at the MLCS RT then I look at some of the tables in the sticky thread and I just canít decide what to do.
Isn't the Grizzly President's Special router table the same thing, but even a little cheaper. I guess it depends on shipping cost.
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