I'm wanting information on the best router table to buy. This is my first table and i don't want to be throwing my money away on a table that wont last. I'm going to be making a little bit of everything that will require a table.
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I have only been playing with routers & tables for about a year, so I don't know near as much about how to actually use them as most of the people who have already responded to your question.
During the last year I have picked up 3 different tables and three different routers. My personal philosophy on tools is to buy as 'low' as possible until you know exactly what you want and why. Pawn Shops, Craig's List and E-Bay are where most of the tools I purchased came from.
A post with more about the three tables I use (on occasion) is here More on My Tables
I still think about designing and building my own custom router table from scratch, but current space limitations have me so bound up, I don't know where I will put it, which makes it hard to decide on the overall size it will be. The design process has ground to a screeching halt.
One of the reasons I picked up three different tables is to learn the 'dynamics' of the routing craft hands on, and to use them to create 'My Main Table'. I also doubt that I will ever get rid of any of them, one is built into a table saw, the other two are simple portables. I gave up 190 bucks for the TS (90.00 for the saw and 100 for the
options kit). The steel table cost me 30 and the bench top was 50 with a router and set of 15 bits.
Lots of the users here have more than router, and many have more than one table. I suppose there may be some that have only one router and move it across tables that have been customized for special purposes.
This thread can give you lots of ideas in what style table you want. Wanted Pictures of your router table
One of the most impressive tables I have seen here is the one used by James (jw2170). It is a 'Shop Mate + Oak Park Top' basic approach that gets the job done! jw2170's KISS brand Router Table!
Any extra frills, guides or whatever are 'clamped on as needed' when needed. I could have easily made do with Jame's approach, but had the opportunity to snag the tables found, so I did.