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OK, yeah for my first post. I have just purchased a Rockler pro Phenolic table with fence and their lift FX. I intend to mount this to a base I will make but am wondering about dimensions on the table vs. the base.

The Rocklear table is 24"x32" and the beginnings of a base I already have is 21"x 24" so after mounting there would be an overhang of 1 1/2" on each side and 4" at both ends.

While I realize this would be great for clamping purpose I have to wonder if this Could/Would lead to warping of the table top, especially on the two ends with a 4" overhang.

I was considering putting on a piece of 3/4" MDF and then the table top but that would interfere with the lift height.

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Hi Steve and welcome. The main thing to stop any table top from warping is proper support under it. Your cabinet or stand can be designed to stop the top from ever bowing by the braces you place under the top. Then fasten it down securely. I am not sure what type of phenolic they use for these tables. I do know if it was the Mill Spec type it would never warp. Make sure your supports are located as to support across the miter track, and T-track channels.

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I can see no reason why you would have any warping with these overhang dimensions.

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I agree with Dick about the cross members under the table. The heaviest load is the lift and router so I would have supports as close as is practical to those. The rest should be okay. I wouldn't worry about the 4" overhang either. Even if the edges dropped very slightly that wouldn't hurt anything. Having it droop in the middle can cause some major problems with things like rails and stiles.

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As a quick add on- the base I am looking at using is a very old (60's vintage) steel kitchen base cabinet. It weighs about 60+ pounds and seems to be very rigid especially at the open top. As stated the top is open creating a box space about 20x23x16 deep. This is sealed from the drawers below it so it seems it would be an excellent dust box with a vac port on the back.

The two drawers below seem to be great storage space.

I can definitely add a grid with two cross members in each direction for structural support of the table top. Just have to ensure there is ample room to get to the router. What would you think of 3/4" angle iron for braces?

That brings up another question. I have three choices of router for the rockler lift fx. They are-
PORTER-CABLE-895PK
DEWALT-DW618PK
Bosch-1617EVSPK

All are fixed and plunge bases and 2 1/4 hp (advertised). LOL

While I know that personal preferences mak the final decision- which router do you guys vote for?

What do you guys think of the base I have in mind?

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The angle iron should work fine as long as it is straight and I would recommend that you put a straightedge across it to make sure. I bought some extruded steel bar once, 3/4 by 3/8, thinking I could use it as table saw miter slot runner. It wasn't even close to being uniform enough to use.

I would say the Bosch first and then the Dewalt but if you plan on using it out of the table and one feels better than the other then I would go with that since both are good routers.

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Steve, by far the Bosch 1617 is the best choice of the routers you listed.

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Thanks Mike. I actually ordered the Bosch early this morning.
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