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What makes them so much better? Almost everyone on here seems to be praising them. I do have to admit with the miter gauge attachment that system looks awesome, but let's just say I never plan on getting the other accessories....is the basic setup that good?
I'm not sure exactly how that fence works, but it looks like it's just a piece of poly held there by clamps...or is there knobs under that fence that fit into holes as well?
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What makes them so much better? Almost everyone on here seems to be praising them. I do have to admit with the miter gauge attachment that system looks awesome, but let's just say I never plan on getting the other accessories....is the basic setup that good?
I'm not sure exactly how that fence works, but it looks like it's just a piece of poly held there by clamps...or is there knobs under that fence that fit into holes as well?
it's just a piece of poly held there by clamps I have the router table and i like it Mine has the dust collector You can make one I didn't want to take the time to make mine I wanted to get going I have lot's of extra's I bought from router work shop site I have 5 routers and use it a lot I am sure you can make one that is just as good or better I just want to get going on projects del

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What makes them so much better?
One word sums it all up..... SIMPLICITY
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The basic system works great. The fences are about as simple and effective as you can get. I use one regular fence and a jointer fence on mine. Get the box joint jigs if you have any mind to do any boxes or drawers etc. They are money well spent! Great system

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Tpyke, once you have decided you want a router table it's time to think about what you will use it for. This will affect your choice in mounting methods and table design. If you want to use guide bushings in the larger sizes then an Oak Park mounting plate is the easiest way to go. Needless to say an Oak Park table top is the easiest way to use the mounting plate. This top has the holes predrilled for any of the Oak Park accessories so once again it is a time saver. If you want to start working on projects instead of building the table then a complete table is the fast way to begin. It snaps together and you are routing in minutes. Everything Oak Park makes are quality items. So this means value for your money.
All that having been said, if you have no intention of using any of the Oak Park innovations then you can look at other brands or products and purchase or build your own. No one solution is right for everyone. Some people prefer a fancy cabinet design that could be in a living room as well as a shop. Others just want a table that allows you to get the job done. Over the years the Router Workshop program showed us you dont need to invest a fortune to get outstanding results. I am a convert to Bob and Rick's: "Simple is better" methods. I have used many tables and routers and the best advice I can give you is to spend the time to figure out what you really want and need in a table and go from there. Remember, you are the one who will be using it.

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