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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-27-2016, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking to make a decision this week on what I'm going to do about a router table. I'm looking for a bit of advice and I'm thinking I may have found the right spot.

I got a really good deal on a 17" LS positioner and wonder fence. I have a porter cable 7518 router and I'm thinking I will buy the Jessem Mast-R-Lift II from Lee Valley Tools.

I'm trying to decide between building the table and buying the table. I was looking at the INCRA RT2743OS 27-Inch by 43-Inch Offset Router Table Top from Elite tools for $265. I was thinking I would maybe buy this top and build the base myself, but it seems like quite a bit of money and if I buy the lift I don't need the base plate that comes with it which on it's own seems to be $150.

My concern about building the top is trying to cut the opening for the lift to fit just right. I guess you can get a template for that? Is it very hard to do?
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Welcome to the forum . Since you've got the Incra fence I'd opt for the incra top and build the base to your liking .
There's many threads here about cutting in your own plate . Pretty basic but things can still go south in hurry .

I've opted to do what you've suggested and bought an incra fence and the 27"/43" top

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Perfect. Thanks for your input, I think I might try that option.
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I bought mine too.

I could have built it myself, but at the time, I had a project that needed to get done.

It sounds expensive, but by the time you buy a couple of quality sheets of birch plywood, some melamine for the surface, edge banding, a router plate template, contact adhesive, a J roller, etc. you have spent a good hunk of change. Make a mistake, and it gets even more expensive real quick.

I would buy the top from Woodpeckers and build the base. See my uploads for ideas, no matter which way you decide. I have pictures on how to build a top, as well.
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Well said Brad .
As everyone knows it would cost me much more to build a top myself . Baltic birch is super expensive here , and of course I couldn't get it right on the first try .
Then there the time involved etc
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Hello and welcome. There is a lot of existing information on this site about router tables, both how to use them and how to build them. Here are 3 links to check out.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ter-table.html
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...p-routing.html
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...formation.html
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