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Forum topic by MAS520 posted 04-19-2018 10:31 PM 976 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2018 10:31 PM

i bought a Bosch router table many years ago from Lowes. I have never really been happy with it and today I think I have finally reached the end of my tolerance. I don’t use it very often but when I do well I want something that doesn’t get in my way. I have a large Bosch router that has served me well. Does anyone have a for a reasonably priced alternative? thank you. I’ll make it myself.

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 11:54 PM

What exactly are you looking for? I highly recommend Incra hardware, whether you want just the mounting plate, a whole top or a complete package with a frame.

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#2 posted 04-20-2018 12:13 AM

I have the G1035 Grizzly Shaper. I love it. I got the shaper instead of a router table and am very happy with this machine. I buy Grizzly shaper cutters and have been happy with them both price and quality. I find the 1-1/2 horsepower shaper to have more than enough power even when using panel cutters. I made some modifications to my shaper for dust collection. I build a sled for mostly every operation I do so i can easily go back and make a piece again when I want to. Sleds with hold downs also keep my hands and fingers out of the way. I buy the hold downs at Amazon 10 for $20. I would never go back to a router table again. Just my humble opinion….........

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#3 posted 04-20-2018 02:34 AM

I too had the Bosch desktop router table. I can say it was not horrible but yet it was not excellent. It’s just a simple desktop table to get you by. I ended up going cast steel via BenchDog ($270?) attached to my table saw with happy results.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 12:32 PM

+1 for a saw wing, I started with a bench-top, and the size and stability always drove me nuts. On my saw I’m able to use my TS fence with the router table too. I’ve made a router fence that is boxed with adjustable left and right faces that I clamp to the TS fence and it provides topside DC. The weight of the saw and the size of the table makes using it a huge improvement. One thing I have not done and occasionally consider is to cut in a miter slot, put I generally make custom sleds with hold downs like Kelster above, and they just run along the fence. I run the big 3hp PC plunge router modified with the Router Raiser Maybe one day I’ll go for a fancy lift but again, for my needs this works great.

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#5 posted 04-20-2018 12:39 PM

Build your own, that way you can make it the way you want it. There must be 90 bajillion plans on the internet. Look them them over and select features that you like and design yours from there.

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#6 posted 04-20-2018 12:59 PM

I’m almost done with my mobile table build…. It’s a Kreg phenolic top with the Triton insert. It’s on wheels so I can tuck it under the miter station and it will have 3 drawers in it to store bits, my Dewalt 616 along with the fixed and plunge base for it. The Triton is 3 1/4 HP so it should handle most anything. I also put a power switch on the side so I don’t have to fumble under the plate to turn it on and off. It’s also on drop down casters so once I put it to where I want to use it, I flip up the casters and the unit sits on it’s base. Super stable.

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#7 posted 04-20-2018 02:08 PM

If you want to keep using a benchtop table, I recommend one of these:

I’ve been very happy with it. it suits my needs.

Kreg also sells just the full sized top with the insert if you want to build your own table:

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#8 posted 04-20-2018 02:12 PM

If you want to keep using a benchtop table, I recommend one of these:

I actually ended up taking the top off that and made that the top of my mobile base.


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