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Here are some photos of my first router table constructed in 1950. It mounted a 1950 skill barrel type router and I added the extra base for the convenience of changing from table mount to portable...that is almost 60 years ago boy things have changed over the years.
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Thanks Rick for the snapshot
I did blow it up just a bit to see if that was a Porter Cable base and it looks like it is by the motor clamp knob on the base..


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Cool! Thanks for the photo Bob and Rick. Looks like my mini table that I dropped in my Colt trim router with the Oak Park 7 inch plate. Routers have come a long way!

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Thanks Rick for the snapshot
I did blow it up just a bit to see if that was a Porter Cable base and it looks like it is by the motor clamp knob on the base..


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WOW! You sure have better eyesight than I do!

Form now on, you're Eagle eye Bob...!!

I don't see anything that comes close to meaning anything...

The general bench-top router table has not changed all that much from the "Good ole days" !!

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Sharp eyes alright, that table was upgraded in 68 for a class of professors in University. I built a Italian Provincial Footstool with just the router. The theme for the class was what is the most versatile power tool in the shop....We all know the answer to that question. We cut the boards, tapered legs, etc...made the footstool with the router and a planer.

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Lo-Tech but correct design. I like it.

Not sure when or by whom the current design of placing the router in the center of the table was started but that in my opinion is such a waste of table real state.
Router should be set 1/3 or more off center to give maximum working space.
Everything behind the fence is wasted so why put the plate in the center.
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