Mounting a router in a table gives precise control over a wide variety of work, using bits that would otherwise be too big to use safely, and allowing the use of featherboards, hold-downs, a miter gauge, and other aids that won’t work with a handheld router. With a table-mounted router, you can create moldings on large or small stock, make raised panels using large bits, cut sliding dovetails, and much more. Contributing editor Roland Johnson tested a new generation of routers with a specialized base that promise the convenient above-the-table bit adjustment of a router lift without the expense. He looked at adjustability, bit-changing, collet runout, switch placement, and safety interlocks.

Models tested include Bosch 1617EVS, Craftsman 1617-12, Freud FT1700VCE, Milwaukee 5625-29, Porter-Cable 891, Ridgid R2900, Triton MOF001KC.

From Fine Woodworking #189