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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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All right--i've got an old desk top, formica covered 1 1/8 MDF, that i found in the garage and was going to use it to build a router table. Dug it out last weekend--it's got a slight bow both directions--about a 1/16th front to back, i could get 32" flat left to right (out of 60"). Thinking it will be better suited as an assembly/work table.

So...i went back to cruising CL for a decent table in the $100 range that would get me started. Figured $100 would be where i would be for t-track, plate, new MDF, ect if i built my own. Well--i found a Bench Dog rig, never assembled, mostly unopened, that i'm at $350 on now. More than i had in mind, but it includes the old MDF top, baltic birch base, drawer kit, switch, casters, table locks, panel locks, assorted feather boards and other odds and ends. The phenolic version new today would be in the $900 range.

Am i crazy to buy? Or crazy if i pass it up???

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The potential top you have will work. Lee Valley purposely milled their steel top with a bow. That guarantees that your work will be flat at the bit. You can also probably reduce it a bit when you attach it to your base. I put my top on a ladder style frame and others who have done that also say that they have had no problem with warping. I don't know that you need a table that long. At a point you are better off working handheld.
As to the deal you are looking at, price the other components and see what it will cost you to add those to a homemade table and then make your decision.

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Earl, the Grizzly Presidents Special router table is about $130 plus shipping. If I was going to buy a table that would be my choice. Model # T10432

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