Craftsman - Router Table No. 25483 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Router Table No. 25483

Craftsman - Router Table No. 25483

A free-standing router table with fence accessories.

$95 (As of 10/1/1999)

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Editor's Review: A Survey of Router Tables

by John White

review date: October 1, 1999

For the small shop, a table-mounted router can do all that a shaper can and maybe more. Raised panels, box joints, dovetails, mortises, tenons and moldings are but some of the operations possible with a router.

It’s not too difficult to cobble together a workable shopmade router table. But it may lack some features available from a commercially made table. There are many tables to choose from, everything from basic units costing about $50 to setups costing $500 or more, depending on the options. I looked at 15 tables for this article.

All router tables operate on the same basic concept. A router is mounted upside down, usually on a removable baseplate, although a few mount directly to the tabletop. For many operations, the router table is used in conjunction with a fence.

Most router tables are mounted to a stand, either a short one for benchtop use or a table-height one for freestanding units. Some router tables can be attached directly to the extension wing of a tablesaw. A benchtop model is good for its portability and small footprint. But the best of the freestanding units have larger tabletops and provide a more stable work surface.

The Craftsman is an acceptable portable unit. Among the lower-cost units, its fence is better than average.

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Editor Test Results:

Flatness Test Fair
Fence/Guide Quality Good

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Components N/A
Compatibility Baseplate: Not applicable (router mounts to underside of table)
Size 14 in. by 40-1/2 in (including wings)
Materials Table: Die-cast aluminum and stamped steel

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