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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