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How to Choose a Router Table

8/22/2014 3:00:00 PM

Tags: Steve Maxwell, router table, diy

How should I choose a router table? I’m planning to make trim and molding for a renovation at my house, but I really don’t know where to start when selecting a router table. There are so many to choose from, and the cost varies a lot. Can I make my own?

A router table is one of the most useful additions to any home workshop because it boosts safety and usefulness. There are many different kinds of router tables, but all work on the same idea. Instead of being used free-hand, the router is mounted upside down in the router table. You move the wood over the router instead of the router over the wood.

When I first started woodworking seriously in the early 1980s, you had to make your own router table to find a decent one, but that’s changed. Making your own table is still a great idea, but if you’d rather spend a little more money and a little less time getting to your woodworking projects sooner, there are lots of options for a purchased table.

One way to learn about router tables is to see what I use in my own shop. Check out my router table screencast:

Photo by Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell and his family have homesteaded on Manitoulin Island since 1985. You can visit Steve’s homestead online at Real Rural Life.

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11/7/2015 2:58:50 AM
Once upon a time I needed a router table, and ran out and bought one. This story has no happy ending. Sure, I’ve got a 500 dollar piece of equipment that holds both the router and workpiece, but I have been fighting with the design of it ever since it arrived. As a woodworker, I take great joy at the end of a project, and shouldn’t have cheated myself of both the experience and the joy of having it built my way. Let’s be honest, woodworking requires spending quality time with all of your machines. Why not have a machine designed exactly how you like it? The price of buying a router table can go a long way for making one, and you get to decide what features it does and doesn’t have. Given that some router tables you can buy cost more than my 500 dollar version, you can probably make one with a router lift, dust collection, miter slots, and a new router for the same price or less. Also, in avoiding to build my own I eventually bought one that came unassembled anyway. So don’t cheat yourselves. Enjoy crafting something that you won’t avoid using. Now, if I can figure out how to make my own table saw. Stay safe, and enjoy. P.S. In designing your router table give some thought to supporting the router’s weight with something more than just the work surface. This will help avoid table sag over time.

8/28/2015 11:53:53 AM
The router desk is among the best as well as extremely versatile improvements you may make for your retail outlet. Using the router fitted safely inside a desk, each of the fingers tend to be free of charge with regard to optimum workpiece manage throughout the reduce. Which additional manage can make a few redirecting functions easier -- redirecting grooves or even advantage information, for instance. Additionally, it enables you to perform a few points a person could not correctly perform having a portable router -- for example redirecting thin share, producing cope-and-stick joinery slashes about the bed rails as well as stiles with regard to paneled doorways or even reducing the actual increased sections on their own. To know more click here- Best Router table

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