I'm just about ready to order my first router table. I've been doing quite a bit of research and have just a few loose ends that I thought perhaps you all could help me tie up.
1) I plan to buy the Hitachi M12VC 2.25 HP router because I have read that it is the quietest. I don't want to annoy my neighbors.
2) My interest is box making/mirror frames/small cabinets. Small stuff.
3) I would like to try the INCRA LS system...but not sure I'm going to be able to afford it right now. So I figure I'll get the router and table now and get the LS later.
With that in mind, I figure it makes sense to get the top from INCRA, because then when I do get the LS I'll be ready to use it. And if I'm going to do that might as well get their stand as well...it lets you just slide in panels to enclose it on the remaining 5 sides, which I plan to do for further noise reduction.
Also, I really like the look of their CleanSweep downdraft attachment for gathering dust from under the table.
Here come the flood of questions:
1) Their top has an MDF core. Is it going to sag under the weight of the router and lift?
2) I suppose I could build my own downdraft box...but they make a big deal about their rings which have been slotted to improve airflow
. Thoughts? If you buy a package from Incramental tools they'll give you a credit so you don't end up paying for the conventional rings and the CleanSweep rings.
3) If I don't buy the lift....how would I do bit changes and height adjustments?
4) Is there a good value basic offsettable fence I could use on this top? I know lots of people love the Wonderfence, but if I'm not buying the LS system now, will it be useful to me? I am interested in trying to use my router table to edge joint (don't have a jointer).
5) They want $45 for the table-mounted power switch. That seems crazy. Any other options?
6) And finally: what tools/gauges/devices do I want to have on hand so that I can check/adjust the table's flatness, level, square, etc.?