Table routers


Old 04-06-00, 02:08 AM
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Is it better to buy a router already installed into a table or is it cheaper to make the table and install a router in it??

I saw part of something on a tv show about how to build a table for a router with that guy from "This Old House", but I only caught the last minute of it. If anyone knows where I can dig up some plans on this I'd appreciate it.

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Old 04-06-00, 11:18 AM
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It less expensive to make your own table, but it is more work. The side benefit of making your own is you can incorporate the features you wnat, instead of those a designer thought you should have. The Web address of the PBS television programs and radio stations is
Maybe you can find what you want there.
Old 04-06-00, 05:05 PM
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Following up on 2000's input, a router table can be anything from a piece of plywood with a hole in the middle and a router screwed to the bottom to the Incra brand $450 model with a sliding router carriage. What I find the most effective for my work is to have the router mounted under the extension table on my tablesaw. That way I can utilize the tablesaw ripfence for routing applications. The type of projects you will use the router & table on and your budget should be primary deciding factors in your decision on which way to go. Personally, I like to have the router easily removeable from the table for "freehand" routering operations.

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