Router Table - Finish Carpentry - Contractor Talk

Router Table

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-11-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
DN Construction
 
dnconstruction's Avatar
 
Trade: Construction
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 179
Rewards Points: 150

Router Table


I am in the market for a good router table. I tried the search to find other posts like mine but after pages of searching I could not find any good info on them. It seems a lot of guys make their own verses buying one. I am not opposed to either one, I just figured I would go to the right place for the info on them. I think that a table would be very beneficial to my work and any information on these tables would be great appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Dave
__________________
Saw dust runs everywhere
dnconstruction is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ContractorTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

   

Advertisement

 

Old 09-11-2010, 09:18 AM   #2
Pro
 
tcleve4911's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeling contractor
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,254
Rewards Points: 1,008

Re: Router Table


This topic has been talked about a lot and these guys have great input.
There are a lot of variables that go into making a decision on this tool purchase

Some of the questions that come up are:
purpose
portability
cost
multi function
how often is it used

I use a Portercable 3-1/4 hp mounted in a Rousseau Table saw extension
Portable
easy to set up



There will be many other setups and personal preferences but this has worked well for me.

Advertisement

__________________
Back in Maine
Dubbin' Around
Doin' good stuff ......
tcleve4911 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to tcleve4911 For This Useful Post:
William James (09-21-2010)
Old 09-17-2010, 12:36 AM   #3
Pro
 
mattsk8's Avatar
 
Trade: Building and remodeling
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MI
Posts: 1,132
Rewards Points: 2,738

Re: Router Table


There's sooooooooo many options here. Options that go from $200 to $1500. If it's not something you use a lot I'd start w/ the aluminum top Bosche that HD sells for I think $180. That's the first table I had and it was great for a long time. The nice thing about going this route is that you'll get well aquainted w/ the ins and outs of just what you want w/out too much out of pocket. It may even work for you forever. The 2 things I didn't like about this particular table were that it was a bit too small and I couldn't change the router mounting plate to a Jessem mast-r-lift (it has a weird size plate). But I didn't figure that out until I had already used the crap out of it for a couple years. Then I knew what I wanted and building one for myself was my best option.

I think what tcleve has in that pic is a Rousseau that incorporates your portable table saw and makes a pretty sweet collapsable work station w/ a router table. That's a pretty sweet setup too. I've never used it but the idea of it is awesome

Last edited by mattsk8; 09-17-2010 at 12:39 AM.
mattsk8 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to mattsk8 For This Useful Post:
tcleve4911 (09-17-2010)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-17-2010, 04:26 PM   #4
topsail's trimcat
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Trade: finish Carpenter/ renovations
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: ns, canada
Posts: 5,028
Rewards Points: 384

Re: Router Table


a few months back i was looking into buying one, but opted to build. i think i paid roughly $60 for parts and stock to build it and its based on the kreg design
Attached Thumbnails
Router Table-roter-table.jpg   Router Table-router2.jpg   Router Table-router3.jpg  
__________________
putting down subfloor with glue and screws, well i saw dr. smith and the robot too , i had a martian burger and a sonic shake
woodworkbykirk is offline  
Old 09-20-2010, 09:20 AM   #5
DN Construction
 
dnconstruction's Avatar
 
Trade: Construction
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 179
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Router Table


Thanks. I would be using it a lot to make J-channel out of Azek. There is a contractor that always seems to have me to all his outside Azek, Radius garage doors, Azek window surrounds. Ever since a few years back when I picked up from a photo to make J channel out of the back of the Azek thats all he wants now. I could not agree more it makes a much cleaner line than having to back up the Azek with a J. I have been either double cutting the straight lengths with a table saw, or using my router to take off the right amount by hand specially on the radius pieces. The router would be much better if it was on a table and I had a fence on it that I could just run the Azek thru. After seeing what else I could use the table for I think its time. Like stated above, just a basic job site table would be great for now. I saw that adjustable height base plate and that seems like it would make life really nice as well.
__________________
Saw dust runs everywhere
dnconstruction is offline  
Old 09-20-2010, 04:49 PM   #6
Pro
 
billy d's Avatar
 
Trade: carpenter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South west Germany
Posts: 429
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Router Table


Woodworkbykirk did you cut a hole in that fence?
billy d is offline  
Old 09-20-2010, 06:17 PM   #7
I like Green things
 
WarnerConstInc.'s Avatar
 
Trade: Architectural Mill Work
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: In a van, down by the river. Auburn, IN
Posts: 22,943
Rewards Points: 5,838

Re: Router Table


Uh, dado blade set for a table saw.

My bosch will accept one.
__________________
Warner Mill Works
Facebook
YouTube
WarnerConstInc. is offline  
Old 09-20-2010, 06:38 PM   #8
New Guy
 
Pakfan's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeling Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bowling Green OH
Posts: 29
Rewards Points: 31

Re: Router Table


I watched an episode of "New Yankee Workshop" and Norm was building a router table. I sent away for the plans and built one just like it. It works great now for over 10 years. Dust collection and a quality fence.
Pakfan is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Pakfan For This Useful Post:
Willie T (09-20-2010)
Old 09-20-2010, 07:45 PM   #9
topsail's trimcat
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Trade: finish Carpenter/ renovations
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: ns, canada
Posts: 5,028
Rewards Points: 384

Re: Router Table


i was still putting it together when i took that pic, which i took with my phone. battery was dieing.. but yes, i idid make a cutout for bits which i made with my 2 1/8 hole saw
__________________
putting down subfloor with glue and screws, well i saw dr. smith and the robot too , i had a martian burger and a sonic shake
woodworkbykirk is offline  
Old 09-20-2010, 08:11 PM   #10
Wood Craftsman
 
PrestigeR&D's Avatar
 
Trade: High End Remodeling & Refurbishing
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 7,324
Rewards Points: 4,642
Post

Re: Router Table


Something you may want to consider is a RLFT ..... I know it's some $$$$ but ... your table... thats a start.. your going to expand ................ My hat goes off to you for you iginuitynot bad But you should get the "mechanics" first... THEN build your table... and you may want to consider dropping that inside of a leaf on a TS ~ that is actually IMPO ... the best way to go.. even 2 if you like.. Quick Lift and percise gauging...

B.
Attached Thumbnails
Router Table-woodpecker-prl-v2-red-wheel-8157.jpg  
PrestigeR&D is offline  
Old 09-20-2010, 08:14 PM   #11
Finish Carpenter
 
TBFGhost's Avatar
 
Trade: Finish Carpentry, Reno
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lebanon, NJ
Posts: 4,999
Rewards Points: 2,760

Re: Router Table


If your just doing Dados/rabits....you might want to check out a dado blade set...faster and lasts longer....quieter as well.

If you want a portable router table for basic stuff...build you own...

If you want a router table for your shop....build you own....there are TONS of things you can do with a router table...having a good one makes life easier...

Check this place out...I have used them for a few things....You do pay for the plans, but they are great plans you get...most have cut sheets...so you all you have to do, is buy what they tell you to buy....cut where they tell you to cut and assemble...its the fastest way to do this...no designing...no failed attemps....no wasted time and material.


I use this for a router...


Thats right, its a Craftsman Professional....I got the set for $200 and I am damn well pleased with it...very pleased. I mounted the fixed base in my table (which is not a super nice one for the shop..have yet to build that), and kept the other two bases for free hand work. I prefer the D handel most all the time anyway.

With the ability to remove the motor, bit changes are SUPER easy...just release the lever, pull the motor, swap the bit and re-stall the motor...no akward in the table changes.

To edit my post here...get a router KIT if you don't have the need for a 3hp or larger router (panel raising...which would be better done on a shaper anyway...and you could get a shaper used for the price of a 3 hp router and get better results)
....Bosch makes good router kits....and I heard DeWalt ain't too bad either. But for $200 the 2 1/4hp, Variable speed, soft start, bla bla bla Craftsman Pro set with 3 bases and every now and again they throw in a free trim router ain't bad....

Last edited by TBFGhost; 09-20-2010 at 09:04 PM.
TBFGhost is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to TBFGhost For This Useful Post:
dnconstruction (09-21-2010), PrestigeR&D (09-20-2010)
Old 09-20-2010, 08:23 PM   #12
Wood Craftsman
 
PrestigeR&D's Avatar
 
Trade: High End Remodeling & Refurbishing
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 7,324
Rewards Points: 4,642
Thumbs up

Re: Router Table


Awsome set Nice TBF
B
PrestigeR&D is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to PrestigeR&D For This Useful Post:
TBFGhost (09-20-2010)
Old 09-21-2010, 02:43 AM   #13
Dan
 
ApgarNJ's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeling Contractor
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Stockton, NJ
Posts: 4,822
Rewards Points: 2,000

Re: Router Table


I keep procrastinating building mine. I will hopefully get to it this winter.

It's definitely an investment if you want it done right. the lift that prestige showed is great and really should be included on any serious router table. Adjusting the depth from underneath is a pita.
ApgarNJ is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 05:52 AM   #14
Pro
 
SDC's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeling
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 313
Rewards Points: 256

Re: Router Table


Quote:
Originally Posted by TBFGhost View Post
....and I heard DeWalt ain't too bad either. But for $200 the 2 1/4hp, Variable speed, soft start, bla bla bla Craftsman Pro set with 3 bases and every now and again they throw in a free trim router ain't bad....
Bought this at Home Depot $99 last year

Router Table-tools-057.jpg
__________________
David Cookman
Twitter
SDC is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 11:23 AM   #15
Pro
 
Rustbucket's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodel/Deck
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Jackson, MS
Posts: 1,864
Rewards Points: 1,754

Re: Router Table


For a portable router table, I would look at the Triton routers. Great price, and have built in bit height adjustment from above the table. Just drill a hole in the plate (or top) for the winder to drop into. I have used the 2-1/4HP in my shop table for a few years now with no complaints. I'm thinking of upgrading to the 3HP now that it also has above the table bit adjustment.
Rustbucket is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 05:42 PM   #16
topsail's trimcat
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Trade: finish Carpenter/ renovations
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: ns, canada
Posts: 5,028
Rewards Points: 384

Re: Router Table


yah, i was reading into quick lift systems but im not sure what hardware i need for my milwaukee router.

i have a large router table out at the shop which is 24" x 36 and heavy as hell , the one i built is a portable jobby.

i dont get into too much stuff that requires a advanced setup. in the last year ive trimmed 4 places which got a simple 3/8 roundover treatment to mdf, i was getting tired of hand routing on site
__________________
putting down subfloor with glue and screws, well i saw dr. smith and the robot too , i had a martian burger and a sonic shake
woodworkbykirk is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 06:03 PM   #17
Pro
 
Teetorbilt's Avatar
 
Trade: Residential Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Posts: 10,471
Rewards Points: 2,000

Re: Router Table


I started with a Bosch with fine adjustments and just added to it as needed, ended up with a 6X8 table at one point with two other stations. I've since downsized.

A guy across the street went for a big CNC router and I've been using him for my 'boilerplate' stuff, faster and cheaper.
__________________
You can't solve you're problems with the same level of thinking that created the problems.

Albert Einstein
Teetorbilt is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 06:34 PM   #18
topsail's trimcat
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Trade: finish Carpenter/ renovations
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: ns, canada
Posts: 5,028
Rewards Points: 384

Re: Router Table


in regards to hp and large bits, i have a liquor cabinet to build for someone. its going to be custom but im not sure what species of wood yet. so might need to mill up my own profiles, im probably going to get a chair rail bit or something similar which is a larger bit, would my 1 3/4" hp milwaukee handle something like that or should i try to get my hands on a 3 hp to use
__________________
putting down subfloor with glue and screws, well i saw dr. smith and the robot too , i had a martian burger and a sonic shake
woodworkbykirk is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 08:27 PM   #19
Finish Carpenter
 
TBFGhost's Avatar
 
Trade: Finish Carpentry, Reno
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lebanon, NJ
Posts: 4,999
Rewards Points: 2,760

Re: Router Table


Quote:
Originally Posted by SDC View Post
Bought this at Home Depot $99 last year

Attachment 36261

Lies.... Nice find
TBFGhost is offline  
Old 09-21-2010, 08:31 PM   #20
Finish Carpenter
 
TBFGhost's Avatar
 
Trade: Finish Carpentry, Reno
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lebanon, NJ
Posts: 4,999
Rewards Points: 2,760

Re: Router Table


Quote:
Originally Posted by woodworkbykirk View Post
in regards to hp and large bits, i have a liquor cabinet to build for someone. its going to be custom but im not sure what species of wood yet. so might need to mill up my own profiles, im probably going to get a chair rail bit or something similar which is a larger bit, would my 1 3/4" hp milwaukee handle something like that or should i try to get my hands on a 3 hp to use


A router really isn't that great of an option when it comes to milling larger ( read over 1 1/2") profiles. I did some 2 1/4" crown once...it took three passes, and I still had some chatter marks which I had to sand out. It was paint-grade and poplar to boot...

Maybe for such a small run it MIGHT MIGHT work...but you far better off seeing what you can order from your yard, or start looking around (IE GOOGLE SEARCH) for hardwood suppliers in your area....some will also mill it up for you using molders which will put out a MUCH nicer cut...

EDIT:

The more I think about it...the more I say avoid doing that.

If you really want to try it...get a smaller profile bit (read smaller is cheaper) and start experimenting to see how you like your results.


This is where I got my bit from....and read this instruction. The whole idea is stock that is too wide and leaving a small flat at the top and bottom of the profile allows you to make multiple passes...which is a MUST...esp with your smaller router.
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...7crownarch.pdf

Advertisement


Last edited by TBFGhost; 09-21-2010 at 08:35 PM.
TBFGhost is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to TBFGhost For This Useful Post:
PrestigeR&D (09-22-2010)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BEST router table, Lift and router combination? grafcustom Tools & Equipment 22 07-21-2011 06:00 PM
table mounted router notillegal Tools & Equipment 17 04-19-2010 10:27 PM
Bosch router table w/ router mattsk8 Contractor Swap 0 01-01-2010 10:51 PM
router table plans platinumLLC Tools & Equipment 2 04-29-2009 07:14 AM
Replacement fence for Porter Cable 698 router table Panzer5 Carpentry 4 04-10-2009 10:47 AM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS ONLY!

At DrywallTalk.com we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created www.DIYChatroom.com DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?