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I just purchased the Bosch 1619EVS router, and I would like to get a benchtop table for it. I've narrowed down to the Bosch RA1171 or RA1181, but I'm open to other suggestions. I would like to know which of the two Bosch tables you would recommend.

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I did the very same thing ... and ended up purchasing the RA1181 mostly because I figured the aluminum top might be a bit more stable. In the end it probably doesn't matter.

I suspect the RA1171 will be a tad easier to put together. The RA1181 came with a lot of nuts/bolts/washers that were similar sized, but different. It took some patience up front to go through them and organize them. I used an 18 egg - uhhhh - egg carton to help organize them - writing the part numbers on the inside of the lid. Worked well. The instructions were pretty easy to understand, and it was fun to put together and setup.

For some reason there was a fair number of extra nuts/bolts/washers left over. Maybe they were for mounting different brands of routers??? Not sure. I mounted the router base using the bolts that came with the router.

At first I planned to build a little stand to permanently attach it to, but then I decided that the ability to slide it onto a shelf when not in use was a real plus. I'll still build the stand, but will use clamps to fasten them together.
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I have a nice table for sale if interested check the for sale, I posted pics it would work great for that router

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Thanks for replying, Ken; I was kinda leaning toward the 1181 because of the aluminum top, also.
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Nice looking table, but I would prefer one with split fence to facilitate jointing. Thanks for replying.
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Nice looking table, but I would prefer one with split fence to facilitate jointing. Thanks for replying.
That table I am selling has the original split fence that came with it, plus a straight fence I made. I bought this new about 8 months ago and have used only 2 times having 2 tables would have been a great idea but I have room for only 1 table this is a all metal table with aluminum insert

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Of course, I've got to be different. I recommend making your own. I started out using a borrowed Sears benchtop table and router. Got my own shop and was going to buy, then realized none of them were what I wanted. So I hacked one together with plywood and 2X4s. Worked. Later upgraded, same style, but a bit larger. I'm on version three or four now, can't recall which. Three piece plywood top, done that way to accept a homemade router place that locks in between two pieces. Still a plywood and 2X4 table, bolted to a bench shelf (I have back problems and rout sitting down). I probably have a total of no more than $5 tied up in the whole thing, excluding routers - I have five routers, mounted on individual plates, so I can change to a router with a different bit in less than thirty seconds, total. The table does exactly what I want it to. I don't have a fence, because I don't need one for what I do. If I ever need one, I'll clamp down a piece of 2X4. Works for me.
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The Bosch I own is 71. It was bought for field use. (historical preservation refab). It was adequate. Not satisfied with it for woodworking except I keep a rd over bit in it and have modified its fence for some special tasks. My biggest complaint is for the money a much better fence system and for it to use featherboards without needing spacers Fence and t-trac above it are not in plane. The 1171 use carriage bolts through the table top to secure the fence which makes adjusting the fence fussy. IMHO the grizzly table is way more bang for buck

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