Router table for shop
First, Thanks to all who replyed to my previous post about finish sanders. I ended up buying a Bosch 5″ ROS 3107DVS,and I really like it. Now I am looking to build a permanent mounted router table for my shop. I have found the article “The Ultimate Router Table” by John White (tools and shops 2001) and wondered if there have been upgrades or finetuning to the table shown ? Or if there are other Plans that I could compare with to have the latest up to date tech options (I hope I stated that correctly) since those plan were 8-9 years ago. I plan on using the Milwaukee 3-1/4HP router Suggestions and recommendations requsted. Thanks in advance, Woodroad
My first router table was a piece of ply wood with a hole in it for the bit. The base was screwed underneath. That was 33 years ago. I now have a better piece of ply wood on a 2x4 stand. It works great - the price is right.
The basics of the various commercially-made router tables are the same - flat surface augmented by a fence of some sort. The features include:
There are pros and cons for most of the feature variations, not the least of which is the choice of router and its size and weight. Large diameter bits (e.g. panel raisers) pretty much demand 3 1/4hp variable-speed routers, mounted to more robust plates (or, a steel table).
I built the table from new yankee. Norms plans are detailed and It's held up for years now and next to my TS, it gets the most action in the shop. I added casters and used an Incra LS120 fence instead of the one in the plans. My wife made the front door a lot nicer, and I have the PC7518 in it.
The router table is just average - however the door is a master piece. Cover that stained glass with a grill so you can't run into that extraordinary glass work,
It's quite possible that you
It's quite possible that you have the coolest router table door on the planet, Bones. Kudos to Mrs. Bones on her work.
I bought a Benchdog table several years ago which has served me well but if I had to do it over again I think I would try mounting my router under the extension table of my tablesaw, thereby saving some shop space and allowing me to use the tablesaw fence which is pretty darn accurate.
Some tips on an ordinary router table:
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