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So I need a router table. Currently I have a bosch 1617 fixed base router screwed to a piece of MDF.
I have been, and will be doing a lot of template work (1/4" template, 1/2" workpiece) and then chamfering or rounding over all the flush-trimmed parts. I will occasionally need a fence.

So I'm just out to pick expert brains as what router table is right for me.

-I'll be using it a lot, so I want something easy to adjust, change bits, etc.
-I want long-lasting quality equipment.
-My shop is about 270 sq. ft., so space is a somewhat a concern. But a router table is an important tool to me.

Thanks in advance for your advise.
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I have been, and will be doing a lot of template work (1/4" template, 1/2" workpiece) and then chamfering or rounding over all the flush-trimmed parts. I will occasionally need a fence.

So I'm just out to pick expert brains as what router table is right for me.

-I'll be using it a lot, so I want something easy to adjust, change bits, etc.
-I want long-lasting quality equipment.
-My shop is about 270 sq. ft., so space is a somewhat a concern. But a router table is an important tool to me.
I started out using 1/4" templates, or masters as I call them (made from 1/4" plywood). Didn't like that much at all - I mostly rout 1/2" plywood. So now my masters are made from 1/2" plywood, then that is glued to another piece of 1/2" plywood then that routed, for a master 1" thick. Gives plenty of heft to hold on to, and I consider it much safer than 1/4" masters/templates. I don't use a fence, but if I ever decide I need one plenty easy to fab one, most likely from a chunk of 2X4.

Not a clue what router table is right for you, just what's right for me, but I'd be willing to bet you'll wind up happier with a table you make yourself than what you buy, even if it takes more than one try at it. I found a picture of mine, 1/2" top, and 1/2" plate, all very well held up with a spiderweb of 2X4 braces. It's version 4 or 5, probably, and well over 10 years old by now. I don't change bits often, because I have several old Craftsman routers, each with a separate bit, mounted to a plate. Instead of changing bits, I just pop the plate and router out, and pop another plate and router with a different bit in. On the few occasions I actually do change a bit it's still very handy.

Yes, that is a small shop. Me, my shop is huge, it's 8' X 12'.
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You have a lot of patience to try 4 or 5 times...I'd give up I think! I will need to change bits frequently...
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No, not especially, after all, they were over a period of 2-3 years, before I came up with the one I use now. The first one was rude and crude, but it gave me an idea of what I wanted. Same with the second and third. Anyway, they go together pretty rapidly, except for waiting on the glue to dry.

With what I am doing now, I only use a flush trim bit. I actually only use a 1/2" bit, but have 3/8" and 1/4" in other routers. So if I want to use another size, it usually takes about a minute to change over - takes that long because I so seldom use anything but the 1/2" that I forget just how the plate and router go in. One bit, one router. Two bits, two routers. And so on. No prob.

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So I need a router table. Currently I have a bosch 1617 fixed base router screwed to a piece of MDF.
I have been, and will be doing a lot of template work (1/4" template, 1/2" workpiece) and then chamfering or rounding over all the flush-trimmed parts. I will occasionally need a fence.

So I'm just out to pick expert brains as what router table is right for me.

-I'll be using it a lot, so I want something easy to adjust, change bits, etc.
-I want long-lasting quality equipment.
-My shop is about 270 sq. ft., so space is a somewhat a concern. But a router table is an important tool to me.

Thanks in advance for your advise.
Lot of info in this sticky at the top of this forum.
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ter-table.html
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