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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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I want to first introduce myself, and say thank you to all those who contribute to this forum. I am a woodworker for about five years now, but have been mainly doing woodturning instead of more traditional woodworking. However, I have grown tired of making pens and bowls, and want to expand. I received a Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo for Christmas, and I am hoping to use that router both in a table (which is the reason for my post), as well as some freehand sign making (as well as with a signmaking kit that Rockler sells). I hope that I am putting this post in the right place, and I hope I am not causing too much trouble on my maiden voyage. I searched the forums and got a lot of great advice, but I guess I am still not sure as to what I should do in my particular case.

My birthday is in January, and my family wants to buy me a router table (since they got me the Bosch router for Christmas). They gave me the option between the Rockler MDF/HPL router table that retails for $250, or the Grizzly T10432 table, and said that cost should not be a deciding factor. I have followed many of Mike and James's thread posts (THANK YOU GUYS), and several other fine members who have commented on the Grizzly (thanks as well!). I am tempted to pull the trigger and say that I want the Grizzly, but I have never seen a comparison on the forum between the two (would people consider these to be exact competitors?) Simply put, I am wondering if someone can identify a clear winner between the two.

I have never seen the Grizzly/MLCS router table in person, but I like that the table is thicker, and has the metal t-slots for the fence instead of riding in the MDF (Rockler). However, I also like the convenience of having a predrilled aluminum plate (since I am a chicken, and am afraid of drilling into the phenolic plate), and I have physically seen the Rockler table, and know that it has been on the market for many years as a respected table setup. I want a solid table with a straight fence and a good plate that I can easily remove the router from when I decide to do signmaking, but I don't want to fuss around too much when putting the router back into the table. I plan on doing some jointing of boards (I know this can be done on both and is a pretty minor issue, but ease of adjusting the split fences is something that I might consider). Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Happy Routing in 2014 to all!
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Justin, for years I have been telling forum members: "If I was going to buy a router table it would be the Grizzly T10432."

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I'd have the same concerns for me drilling a plate, but at around $13.00 for an additional Grizzly plate--not a huge expense to add a few extras to the order (click on "Parts" when you're looking at the table on the Grizzly site). At the $100 difference, a small assortment of bits could get a lot accomplished. I've found the purple Grizzly bits to be pretty decent for the money, but the few green bits i've bought from them have not been my favorites.

Congrats on the 1617--i've got a pair of them and it's a great router.

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a man who can turn pens has the skill set to drill a plate. buy the extra plate. My experience is if I buy the back-up I never need it

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I don't know what table saw you own, but here's another thought. Can you use a wing off your table saw? I recently moved to a setup like this. I wasn't sure I would like it, but I really do. The only downside for me is I keep having to route, move stuff off the fence for saw cuts, then put stuff back on when I need to route things. But even with this downside, I enjoy it more than having I thought I would in my small shop.
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Hi Justin it's great to meet you and have you as a member of our community, welcome!

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Thanks all for the replies! I truly appreciate it! I don't know why I am afraid of drilling the plate, and I know there are several posts on how to do it, but I like thought of having the predrilled plate since it would be one less thing to screw up. I definitely want a stand alone table since my table saw is a portable table saw, and I don't want to always have to pull out the saw for every time I need my router table. I also can get 20 percent off the rockler table, knocking the price down to 200, but from what it sounds like from Mike and others is that even with the gain of the aluminum plate, I would still be more satisfied with the Grizzly table. It seems almost too good to be true, and that is where I am cautious. With other tables, it seems that accessories are easily found (router lifts, featherboards, stops, etc), but as many know, router table manufacturers like to make the dimensions different from others so they can hold you hostage to their line of tools. Oh well, decisions decisions! Thanks again and happy Wednesday!
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Whenever possible, I'm a fan of metal over plastic or phenolic.

My first table was a Freud with a phenolic plate. I loved the fence and still use it. It's much quicker to set up that those requiring shims.

As to phenolic plate, I killed it almost immediately because the screws to lock it down put pressure on the corners and over tightening snaps a corner. Later, I killed a second one. For that reason, I made the plunge to a Bench Dog, which was much more expensive but built like a tank.

Other options are out there too and get great reviews. Many times, you can get a feel for something by reading Amazon reviews. In conjunction with information here, you should be able to make a good choice. In the end, and as with most tools, get as much plate as you can afford.

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Justin, for years I have been telling forum members: "If I was going to buy a router table it would be the Grizzly T10432."
+1 on Mike's advice...have had one for 2 years now, no issues, and no problem drilling the phenolic base...

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Hi Justin. It may be hard to find a member that has both tables and can give a comparison. Most members, if happy with what they have will recommend their table.

I mainly use the Oak Park Table and have a Grizzly clone as a second table. I have had two of them and found them to have all the features I need.

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