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Hi Colleges

I am going to build a router table, something that I have not attempted before, but I am comfortable in giving it a go.

Before I start the project I have a few of general questions. Such as;
  • Is there a perfect table top dimension? I have material to construct a top that could be 800mm x 800mmx 19mm.
  • I would like to use a “Router Table Insert Kit”?
  • Is a mitre gauge slot on the top important?
  • I have read that a mitre slot is not important as a mitre gauge should not be used when using a router with a table?

These are currently my questions that I have there may be other during the project phase.

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Have a great day. Cheers!!!!!!

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Hi Lou,

Size depends on what you plan to do with the table.

I have one 406mm X 762mm and one 810mm x 610mm,,,,

I use the smaller one most often and the larger one is table for my ski board...

The smaller one does not have a mitre slot and I do not need one.

Not " should not be used" but rather " not necessary"...

Just my 2cents worth.

Other opinion may vary.
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Hi James

Thank your for your quick response. I guess my reasoning for the larger size would be for material stability when routing slightly larger pieces.

I would value your comment on the "Router Table Insert" form Carba-Tec I am interested in purchasing. Is the product any good?

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Hi Lou,

Size depends on what you plan to do with the table.

I have one 406mm X 762mm and one 810mm x 610mm,,,,

I use the smaller one most often and the larger one is table for my ski board...

The smaller one does not have a mitre slot and I do not need one.

Not " should not be used" but rather " not necessary"...

Just my 2cents worth.

Other opinion may vary.
James that look's like the router work shop table ?? looks just like mine , i built a box under it with a place to put bit's in a slide out piece, mine has the vac. piece also , works very well, also have the 3 fence's also

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Lou,

I would recommend just starting with a table top first. This way you can find out what height works out best for you. My first router table was a kitchen sink cut out with an insert plate in it, and it took forever to find a comforable working height.

As for dimensions, the first determinant is what are you going to be working on? For smaller projects, 18 x 30 is more than ample. For bigger projects you might want a little larger. I have a hybrid of both, I have the oak park top and added an extension.

http://www.routerforums.com/kp91s-ga...html#post18002

Adding a piece of 1/2 MDF on top it makes a nice auxilliary work table.

I don't have a miter slot, I do have a miter sled. The only time I wished for a miter slot was to have an easier method of using feather boards. Now I just clamp them down.

To wrap up, don't rush out and build a permanent table. Experiment a bit with what you think might work and find out what doesn't.

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Hi Lou,

Size depends on what you plan to do with the table.

I have one 406mm X 762mm and one 810mm x 610mm,,,,

I use the smaller one most often and the larger one is table for my ski board...

The smaller one does not have a mitre slot and I do not need one.

Not " should not be used" but rather " not necessary"...

Just my 2cents worth.

Other opinion may vary.
James does the miter slot not also double as a place to hold feather boards though ,so it could be beneficial to have ?

Lou after studying this and running this same scenario several times in my head I've come to the conclusion to order an Incra top and fence and build the bottom myself .The Incra does loose a lot real estate with there adjuster system so I'm going with the 17/43" table top .
I see there's free shipping starting today at Incra !

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Hi James

I would value your comment on the "Router Table Insert" form Carba-Tec I am interested in purchasing. Is the product any good?
That looks like the one from Grizzly for $13.00 . Not sure on shipping.

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That looks like the one from Grizzly for $13.00 . Not sure on shipping.

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Hi Al, yes it is the same plate, but cost $A42 here......

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Hi James

Thank your for your quick response. I guess my reasoning for the larger size would be for material stability when routing slightly larger pieces.

I would value your comment on the "Router Table Insert" form Carba-Tec I am interested in purchasing. Is the product any good?

please see attached

Many thanks
Hi Lou, I have 2 of these plates for my larger table, both drilled for the Triton router.

I have no problem with them at all, however I remove the router and insert plate from the table when finished and store the router right way up in my shed.

That way I have not had any problem with sagging. I have not heard of anyone else using the insert plate that has experienced sagging.

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Yes Del, it is the Oak Park table. My go to table.

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