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Newbie again. I bought the Dewalt 618pk package and I am looking for a decent quality table. I would like a free standing table but there are so many choices. I have had my new router for two weeks and haven't routed anything because I wanted to get the table first. I am looking at the MLCS ROCK SOLID Heavyweight Router Table & Fence at mlcswoodworking.com and the RM 505 Router Table at routertabledepot.com. I have also looked at the Kreg PRS1040 Precision Router Table System at amazon but thats probably out of my price range. I also have considered a table saw extension from all of these manufacturers but since I have plenty of room thought perhaps a freestanding table would be best. I would like to spend $300 or less and would also like something drilled to fit teh dw618 if possible. Please don't post to build my own because I am not even close to that yet. I am brand new to the hobby and plan on starting out copying a bookcase I currently have which will require basic routing. I have a new Hitachi contractors table saw and a new Dewalt 12" coumpound sliding miter saw to go with it.

There are so many questions cast, mdf, aluminum..........

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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Hi Jim

You may want to take a hard look at the one below..

http://www.rt1000.com/


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Hello all,

Newbie again. I bought the Dewalt 618pk package and I am looking for a decent quality table. I would like a free standing table but there are so many choices. I have had my new router for two weeks and haven't routed anything because I wanted to get the table first. I am looking at the MLCS ROCK SOLID Heavyweight Router Table & Fence at mlcswoodworking.com and the RM 505 Router Table at routertabledepot.com. I have also looked at the Kreg PRS1040 Precision Router Table System at amazon but thats probably out of my price range. I also have considered a table saw extension from all of these manufacturers but since I have plenty of room thought perhaps a freestanding table would be best. I would like to spend $300 or less and would also like something drilled to fit teh dw618 if possible. Please don't post to build my own because I am not even close to that yet. I am brand new to the hobby and plan on starting out copying a bookcase I currently have which will require basic routing. I have a new Hitachi contractors table saw and a new Dewalt 12" coumpound sliding miter saw to go with it.

There are so many questions cast, mdf, aluminum..........

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks,

Jim



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Thanks Bobj3,

I have looked at the rt1000 series (SE, XL etc.) but when you add shipping they are well over $400, still I do like them I was looking to see if there are any owners of the MLCS ROCK SOLID Heavyweight Router Table & Fence (Cast) or the RM 505 Router Table (MDF) at routertabledepot.com, who could tell me about the tables, although the RM505 (and their RM405 and RM605) seem to be constantly "out of stock"

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Hi bigroccrek

I'm not a big fan of the MLCS router table BUT you may want to drop Harry Sin a note, He has one like the MLCS one,,,if I recall that right but he is from down under...
I'm sure he will share with you I don't know anyone on the forum that has a MLCS table...

http://www.routerforums.com/members/harrysin-10844.html

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Good luck with your quest..


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Thanks Bobj3,

I have looked at the rt1000 series (SE, XL etc.) but when you add shipping they are well over $400, still I do like them I was looking to see if there are any owners of the MLCS ROCK SOLID Heavyweight Router Table & Fence (Cast) or the RM 505 Router Table (MDF) at routertabledepot.com, who could tell me about the tables, although the RM505 (and their RM405 and RM605) seem to be constantly "out of stock"

Thanks,

Jim



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Thanks bobj3,

I appreciate teh feedback since I am totally in teh dark but just can't wait to get started on my first project. What router table do you use? Do you know anything about the RM series from the Router Table Depot? Also I am interested in something that makes cutter changes and height adjustments easy. Any recommendations?

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Hi Jim

Well I have 8 router tables

"RM series" that one I don't know anything about it

" cutter changes and height adjustments easy" that's why I'm not a big fan of the MLCS one//

The drop in plate type or the adjustment/bit change from the top of the table type works best for me.

If you click on the left side View Gallery you will see the router tables I have and use.

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Great looking gallery!! Once again thanks. I hope I am not bugging you too much I am just searching for what looks just right. I was just looking at the Mast-R-Lift, Rockler Router Table & Fence system ($399) at

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?O...Select=Reviews

A little over my price range but I like the lift idea any thoughts? Only drawback is they don't seem to support the DW618

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Hi Jim

Thanks,,
"I hope I am not bugging you " Not at all , glad I can help

Most of the new routers come with a lift build in,,
The best way to go is to make your own router table and put your router to work making it...then you can have just what you want and you can say I made this with my own two hands..

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Great looking gallery!! Once again thanks. I hope I am not bugging you too much I am just searching for what looks just right. I was just looking at the Mast-R-Lift, Rockler Router Table & Fence system ($399) at

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?O...Select=Reviews

A little over my price range but I like the lift idea any thoughts? Only drawback is they don't seem to support the DW618

Thanks



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You know I may do just that. Perhaps building a table and buying the insert would be the best way to go.

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I looked at all the different tables at Woodcraft and even considered the MLCS. Decided for the money I would just build my own. With the exceptions of the corian top and cherry banding the cost was under $300. Corian and cherry was free. Like mentioned there is the satisfaction of building it yourself.
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