If you are going the economy route your best bet is to look at flea markets and garage sales. Often there are used tool resale shops where deals can be found but they change daily. Good luck!
WROB said:I have read on many forums the different kinds of router tables that can be purchased or built. Unfortunately, I have been very frustrated as the price is usually so much more than I (in my neophyte stage) would want to invest. Building my own is not an option. What about the very inexpensive Wolfcraft router table that sells for $99. I have the DW router kit just waiting for me to use. There has to be better alternatives for those of us at the beginner level. No?
After using the table for a while you can find all the things you don't like then look for a table that is more to your liking or make your own....reds_21 said:heres another question about router tables............i am a real BEGINNER to wood working and i bought the 1 1/2 hp craftsman router to get me started. when i bought it, it came with the router table and router for 100 bucks. i have found out the first disadvantage of it!!!! when it comes to changing out the bit, i have to take off the three mounting screws that attach it to the table just to do it, one of these times the screw driver is gonna slip and strip the head of one of the screws, then im in real trouble,,,it's a pain in the rear.
You should beable to replace bits without taking the router off the table. You might have to do as was said lower the router as far as it goes and if you have a plastic chip guard on the router that can come off, take it off it give you a lot more room to work in. I too have a small table from mid to late 70's and it was my only table for a lot of years and trust me it will work for you, maybe not as nice as another table but it will work.
now, i took a trip up to the columbus wood working show yesterday and saw a lot of router table where the top plate comes off and on without haveing to take any screws out. i thought it was pretty slick but for the table with the plate it was anywhere from 150-300 dollars. now heres my question. is there anything that i can do to the craftsman router table to have a place for a plate? the table top isn't very big so im limited to size. if possible i'd like to use the table i have with the fence and mitre gauge etc....
The mitre gauge is not the way to go as far as I'm concerned, well at least on these cheap tables..... I have never used one on the big $$ tables and most like wouldn't anyway as there are better ways using things like sleds.
The small table I have has a two piece fence which was impossable to work with. I made it into a one piece using some wood with a cut out for the cutter and attached a hose to collect the dust. To do a jointing operation where the outfeed fence has to be proud of the infeed I just used double sided tape and a piece of scrap laminate.
I got the cheap sheet metal "wings" to make the top a little bigger and used a floor paste wax to make things slide and away you go......
any suggestions? i am noting how you guys keep mentioning building our own BUT if possible, i'd like to use what i have if possible.
any help would be appreciated!!