Woodtek - Woodtek 966-007 Router Table
Easily and accurately adjusted by means of a crank handle inserted through the top
Router Table has a Great Lift and Dust Collection
Woodtek’s new router table is nearly identical to the General International table that earned Best Overall when I tested router tables and lifts (FWW #237, p. 51). Both feature an excellent lift in the package. Had it been available at the time of the test, it would have tied for Best Overall.
The Woodtek’s lift is easily and accurately adjusted by means of a crank handle inserted through the top of the nearly 1/4-in.-thick aluminum lift plate. The chain-driven four-post height-adjustment system needs no locks or clamps to hold the router in position, no matter how heavy the workload. That’s impressive. The lift sits in a 32-in. by 24-in. cast-iron top that was dead flat and had a nicely machined surface. A paddle-style power switch can be mounted in several different locations on the stand, and a handy hook keeps the lift crank and miter gauge close by. The cast-iron top and sturdy stand are heavy but they sit atop a smooth-rolling set of casters, making it easy to move the table out of the way when not in use.
Dust collection is exemplary, with the router motor completely contained in a box beneath the table. The box has a 4-in. port that does a great job of catching dust that falls below the table. A 21⁄2-in. hose runs from the 4-in. port to the fence on the table, and catches most of the chips above the table.
The fence was square to the top and easily accepts shopmade sacrificial fences. T-tracks make it easy to put featherboards and jigs wherever you need them. The Woodtek also includes two handy router-bit storage trays that attach to the stand.