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Old 06-10-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a new router and table setup. Looking for something portable. Whats good out there?
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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Re: Router And Table?


If you just want a job site router table --you might be able to make one better than you can buy.

My job site table is a 3/4" melamine covered particle board shelf 4 feet long.

Router base screwed to that.

Four foot long fence (2-1x4 strips of cabinet ply with blocks to keep it square) Screwed to the table on the left side--Quick-Clamp on the right.

I've built raised panel doors and loads of trim ,on site,with one of these.

The fence is the only short coming--no separate adjustment left and right side of the blade--
But seriously--how often would any one need that on a job site?.

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You can get good results building your own portable table.

I use a Porter Cable 1.5h router that does everything I need working in the field.
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That's my favorite router.too. Simple,tough and well balanced.

I just posted this--Depot is closing out the PC 2 1/4 hp variable speed--got one for $89--last week.
Nice table router.
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i built one similar to this however, i made the top a bit beefy..... i made it so i could mount a plate to the router then drop it into the table. however with this the top is too thick and the bit barely comes up through. bought a new router today so some modifications are the plan for the weekend if not building a new table. just cant decide if i want to add a t-track and allow for a mitre gauge slot
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I got quite a bit of use out of the bosch that HD sells for 190$. It's actally a nice router table. The only shortcoming is oddball sized plate the router screws to. If you ever want to get a routerlift you can't cuz no one makes one that size. Aside from this I have no complaints.

I think my next move is to make my own table top out of melamine or formica some MDF and mount it to the bosch stand, make one about a foot wider, deeper and get the routerlift for it.

If you think you'll ever make cabinets w/ it put the t-track in, almost a must. T-track is cheap and easy and you'll be glad you did it in the long run. Hope this helps. Also, I use the porter cable 892 2 1/4hp router and love that as well. It's about 3 years old now and still works great!

Woodcraft had a really goot deal on a Freud (I think it was a Freud) table and router combo that looked awesome but I don't think they have any more, that was probably a month or two ago.
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I use this with my Rousseau table saw
It''s portable
Router is Porter Cable 3-1/4HP
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I use this with my Rousseau table saw
It''s portable
Router is Porter Cable 3-1/4HP
Hey tcleve4911,
I like that setup. Do you mind if I ask where you found the nice metal router base plate for that extension?
The Rousseau ones I see are all plastic and supposedly prone to bowing when the router is mounted to them, speaking of which, is that blue plate mounted in the middle of the stand one of them?
It almost looks like you have incorporated an actual Rousseau router table into the extension, if so thatís a cool idea.
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The base plate on the router is a Rousseau base plate. Never had a problem with bowing and that a PC 3-1/4 HP set in it!!!

The plate in the table is a Kreg hold down plate for pocket joining.

The "router table" is a wing extension that I bought from Rousseau and adapted the fence and router to it.

It all breaks down and fits neatly in the trailer.

This pic shows the entire table top setup in the above pic now shown packed in the trailer. If you look close, the Maktable saw is in the cubby to the right. It's all in there!!!!!



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The base plate on the router is a Rousseau base plate. Never had a problem with bowing and that a PC 3-1/4 HP set in it!!!

The plate in the table is a Kreg hold down plate for pocket joining.

The "router table" is a wing extension that I bought from Rousseau and adapted the fence and router to it.

It all breaks down and fits neatly in the trailer.

This pic shows the entire table top setup in the above pic now shown packed in the trailer. If you look close, the Maktable saw is in the cubby to the right. It's all in there!!!!!



Thanks for the comments

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You my friend are damn near my hero with your ability to use space. I have seen your set-up before and really love the fact that you get all that in the trailer and its i organized. Everything has it cubby which makes for going to get tools fast and you know exactly when you have a tool missing. I was a auto-body mech. when I got out of high school, my tool box "looked" like your trailer...everything had a home, and when I left a tool in a car by accident I knew right away.


While I don't take everytool to every job, I would like to set-up a trailer to house the tools and when I get the larger trim jobs I can just pull and park the trailer there...

On a total side not and thread jack, I am looking to upgrade to a GMC 2500HD with-in the month, and then will start looking into buying and building a trailer similar to yours...

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ok so i just picked up a mounting plate for a router, gonna start modifying the table i built or may have to build a new one..... what should the underside of the top look like and such. any pointers for how to fix the router to the table,

i have a milwaukee router
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As another Rousseau fan, tcleve has an excellent setup. I have had the Rousseau table saw setup for a while and have slowly added to it with mostly outfeed tables. The Kreg clamp down mod may be next with the router extention to follow. No miter slot though right?
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I had a Powermatic 66 but needed something to horse around to job sites in my trailer.

I bought a new Royobi BT 3000 and began setting it up with all the gadgets available back then and also a router Quick Lift set up. It has been a great saw and set up and produced plenty of dust along the way.



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so i just finished building my router table today, today was just making a fence, installing t track and putting some laminate on the top


all in all
$6 in mdf
$15 1/2 plywood for the top
$15 for the switch
$8 for the laminate and contact cement
$10 for the two toggle clamps
$5 track
$ 6 10 pack of t track bolts
$6 2 knobs for the fence
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I'm planning on building my own table, similar to that but I want a slot for a featherboard both on the flat and the fence. The bosch table is not a bad deal at 190. I just want the table to be longer I need to find a place to buy the T track and accessories from.

I want to incorporate that quick lift insert as well because I like how you can change the height from the top of the table.
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I am very satisfied with the Quick lift and adjustment is a breeze and very accurate. There are other brands I looked in to but this one seemed to suit my needs well.

I did have a Bosch plunge mounted under and found it a total PITA to get it adjusted which is what pushed me to buy the lift.

Feather boards are a great idea and very useful.

Pics when you get it built Apgar.

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i bought my track and compoents at busy bee tools. lee valley has the stuff as well but for more $$$

as for the wood, it was mdf i had lying around along with the poplar plywood. i bought the laminate and glue for this

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