The Woodpecker router combines a sturdy steel base, a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) top covered with plastic laminate, and a versatile fence to create a top-quality system. It compares favorably with the Hart Design table, which was listed as the best value in my recent review of router tables (FWW #181, pp. 36-41). The leg set is easy to assemble, can be adjusted for table heights ranging from 36 in. to 42 in., and includes adjustable pads to accommodate less-than-flat shop floors. The top comes in a variety of sizes and is 15/16 in. thick. It tested very flat (less than 0.002 in. of sag) and should remain flat, thanks to a pair of steel angle braces supporting it on either side of the router insert plate. Plastic laminate covers the top, bottom, and all of the edges of the tabletop. The insert plate can be ordered in phenolic or cast aluminum, predrilled for most routers. It features spacer rings that will accommodate various-diameter router bits and guides. Easy placement. Scales on the T-tracks allow for precise placement of the router fence, which comes in handy when duplicating a previous setup. The router fence is mounted in two T-tracks…
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