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Question Which router & router table to buy?

Can someone suggest a reasonably priced router/router table combination for a beginner to buy?
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Hi, Dennis

I would suggest the Rockler table,it will have all you need, the cabinet can be just about anything you want to make or use..any cabinet will do the job,,,or just some legs...that you can make on the new router table



The router I suggest is the Craftsman 2 HP VS combo set for 100,oo bucks, it will come with a standard base that you can use in the table and a plunge base that you can use for hand type jobs....the router motor will fit both

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Base legs BUT you make them quick and easy..plus you can go to the next step and put sides/back/doors on the legs and turn it into base cabinet..

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I would suggest the Rockler table,it will have all you need,
I note that the Oak Park "Build Your Own Router Table" is currently on sale -- either $10 less or $10 more depending on if you want the "Vacu-Plate". Seems to come with lots of goodies a beginner could use. Your thoughts on that one, please.

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HI Ladd

It's a neat setup BUT it's a bit high in price I think , it's just some 3/4" plywood with a base plate...
Add the shipping cost from up north and it can be just a bit high..
and the top is a bit small to my liking..But many members have one and they like it.


http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=RT01--


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There are many set ups to choose from. I started with the Rockler table and built my own cabinet to go under it. It was a very good set up, but I eventually traded it in for a Oak Park model which I find much simpler to use and much easier to store. Each person has their own needs and requirements and you just have to find what fits yours best. Build or buy? That depneds on budget vs available time and desire.
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There are many set ups to choose from. I started with the Rockler table and built my own cabinet to go under it. It was a very good set up, but I eventually traded it in for a Oak Park model which I find much simpler to use and much easier to store. Each person has their own needs and requirements and you just have to find what fits yours best. Build or buy? That depneds on budget vs available time and desire.
Diddo what Bob N said here. I love the oak park, the top is well priced and it's easy to build a cabinet like Bobj said.

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I recently purchased my first router, a Freud 2200E, which is , I'm guessing, what one would call a fairly large router. Would stepping up to the Rockler "large plate" table be a worthwhile $20 upgrade from the standard plate table?

If and when at some future time I upgrade to some sort of lift system, is there any one that is particularly compatible with this router? Or should I be thinking that as the 2200 is a plunge router, a lift isn't really necessary?

I'm not finding many (any?) that specifically mention the Freud 2200 (or the similar, older 2000) and I'm thinking that the paucity of compatible lifts for later consider might possibly have an impact on determining the selection of table now.
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No a lift is not necessary Ladd at all. I would say a very very small percentage of router users have a lift. It's just a luxury item that is cool to have, expensive but not needed at all in my opinion.

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Hi Ladd

All I can say is thanks to Bob N. I have one,, and Now that I have one they are great...and a great add on for the router table setup...

It 's true it's not necessary but it sure is nice it's one of the 80 dollar ones...

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I recently purchased my first router, a Freud 2200E, which is , I'm guessing, what one would call a fairly large router. Would stepping up to the Rockler "large plate" table be a worthwhile $20 upgrade from the standard plate table?

If and when at some future time I upgrade to some sort of lift system, is there any one that is particularly compatible with this router? Or should I be thinking that as the 2200 is a plunge router, a lift isn't really necessary?

I'm not finding many (any?) that specifically mention the Freud 2200 (or the similar, older 2000) and I'm thinking that the paucity of compatible lifts for later consider might possibly have an impact on determining the selection of table now.



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Ladd, persons with limited mobility or strength benefit greatly from using a lift. It also helps those with limited vision since it is easier to make fine adjustments. Other than that, a lift is just a bonus item. I do not fault anybody for wanting or using one; for me it would be a waste of money. It does not improve accuracy over the adjustments on your router and takes longer to set up. I would rather invest in a new bit or two.
Tables are a personal choice as to what feels best to you and how you will use it. If you plan to take advantage of the Router Workshop accessories the Oak Park table is pre drilled for instant mounting. Quality Baltic birch plywood construction keeps it sturdy and square. Once you have seen all the tables available I think you will agree this is the most bang for your buck.

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