New Router Table package, first impressions.
New Router Table Package, First Impressions.
After almost deciding on a Woodpeckers router table package (And really wanting to get the Bench Dog table because of the cast iron feature) I decided to get the Kreg table, fence and stand to go along with my new Triton router.
Assembly was a breeze. It took a few hours last night. Although the parts to assmble were numerous the Kreg instructions were very clear. The stand is hefty, stable and very adjustable for height. My final assembled height to the top of the table is 37 1/2" and believe that there was another notch or two left on the stand to gain a little more height if need be.
The table had pilot holes drilled for attachment to the stand and for the slider attachment bracket and they were all located very accurately.
So far I like the fence with the sliding action on one side better than I thought I would. The floor model that I looked at had a micro-adjuster on the fence but it must be an optional part because it wasn't included nor did the instructions refer to it.
The Kreg phenolic insert fit perfectly. Zero sideplay and each corner has two leveling set screws that adjust easily. Once the insert is screwed down the insert plate fits very well. With the router mounted there is no sag, as a matter of fact there was a slight crown to the insert. I didn't bother getting out the feeler gauge to see exactly how much because the amount of crown to the plate was negligible, maybe .001 or 002.
The fence has a 2 1/2" dust port at the rear which provided a good fit for my Dust Right attachment. Although after running some wood though using various cutters, I'm not so sure that the dust collector works as well as a vacuum attachment would.
While using the router table for around 45 minutes there was no noticeable vibration.
Now, some other observations: This is my first router table and while the Triton router height-winder handle works very well, I can see the advantages to a router lift. I wouldn't have to be repeatedly inserting and removing the winder handle. So some day down the road a while I may remove the Triton and use it for freehand plunge routing and pick up maybe a PC motor and router lift. I didn't purchase the Kreg wheels for the table. They are good quality wheels but I have a few older Delta Universal mobile bases laying around, the type that you can make any size by using 1 1/2" square wood. I may make up one of those to fit that Kreg table for now however I have concerns about the base interfering or even being a tripping hazard while working at the router table.
Thats all I have for now. Thanks for reading.