Welcome Steve. There are lots of jobs that are well suited for doing on a router table but for routing pockets into panels I would do it with a handheld plunge router and a jig to guide it.
First of all I was dreaming when I typed TRA1000, it should of course be TRA001. The early version did not have above table height adjustment whereas the later versions do. The Makita RTO700 is an excellent router but it is a TRIM ROUTER therefor there is a limit to what it is capable of. As a second router the GMC is not a bad router and for hand held plunge routing it is excellent because of the multi-step anvil. In 2000 I was tossing up whether to buy a GMC or BOSCH, I chose the Bosch which I regretted and sold after a few month and bought a Makita 3612C which is still in my collection but now sits on a set of skis which are used occasionally and for regular hand held use i have a Makita RP2301FC.Thanks Chuck, and I have actually been eyeing off a makita handheld trimmer router. In this particular project I am planning to also do some long rebates along the edge of the side panels. I guess a jig for this and hand trimmer would also do the job. More to think about, during luchtimes and slack times during the day. I must say this project whilst simple to many, is really enjoyable pondering the best way to do things.
I did score the triton RTA300 table very cheaply, so I would like to populate it with a router, even if not used on this particular job.
Thanks Harry. I looked at the Triton website today, and noticed the current router is a TRA001B. I also saw a Triton TRA001 router for sale on gumtree, and this made me wonder what the difference is between the TRA001B and the TRA001 models are. Any thoughts?
I also saw some GMC routers that have never been used, and have some bits included in the kit. The GMC router would have to be 10 years old, as GMC went bust in 2008/9. However they are very very cheap in gumtree. Are they worth considering for part time use of the router table, until I get a much better feel for what and the amount of routering that I may do?