One of the most useful tools in the shop, a router becomes even more useful when mounted in a table. So equipped, this valuable tool becomes a mini-shaper that can make small moldings and joints, work with short stock, raise panels for doors, and pattern rout. Contributing editor Roland Johnson evaluated 13 router tables, comparing the sturdiness of their tops and fences, dust collection, and ease of operation and setup.

Six of them stood out as exceptional: the JessEm 03140, Hart Design 46603C, Woodhaven 8244K, Bench Dog 40-037 ProTop Complete, Hawk 940-0050 Routershop, and Grizzly G0528.

From Fine Woodworking #181