Bench Dog Advice needed
I need a little advice from the experts here. I visited my local Woodcraft store yesterday specifically to shop router tables. I was set to buy the Kreg benchtop table which I really like but right next to it was a Bench Dog full size table they were closing out.
Pro Fence with the cantilever clamps, 32" MDF table, two insert plates, (phenolic and clear acrylic) and metal stand (not Bench Dog but solid as a rock): $315.
Their explanation was the Rockler had purchased Bench Dog so out goes all the Bench Dog stuff. I put it on hold and checked with my local Rockler store to make sure Bench Dog would still be around. That answer was affirmative so I have no qualms about availability of parts or accessories.
Two issues: The off-size insert plate and the lack of reducing rings for the insert. As mentioned here in the forums I can always increase the insert size and use a Rockler large plate which would cure both problems. Since the Bench Dog plate is pre-drilled for many routers I may end up modifying the table sooner if there is not a suitable place to cleanly drill for the above-the-table height adjustment for my Milwaukee router (5616).
Good deal? Worth buying? I'm not planning on replacing this for a long, long time. This table looks well-built and I really like the fence.
Thanks in advance for your help, and for these forums where I have learned so much.
Last edited by LonePalm; 01-13-2008 at 08:04 PM.