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Forum topic by JCamp posted 06-25-2018 03:26 PM 383 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2018 03:26 PM

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I have been using my router a good bit lately and after all these years I think I can justify buying a router table. Any suggestion? Potentially willing to build one or add it onto my Craftsman 113 table saw if anyone has any ideas on how to go about that.

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#1 posted 06-25-2018 04:35 PM

I’m pretty happy with my Bosch router table. Are you looking for a table only, or a table + router? When I bought the table, I got a decent deal on a Bosch router also and the combination allows me to use the elevation mechanism on the router itself to adjust bit height without having to buy a separate mechanism. The enclosed table helps to control the distribution of dust on everything in the shop; I’m able to suck most of the dust out of the enclosed table.

If you’re looking for something to build into your table saw, I’m afraid I can’t be of much help there. Good luck – it’ a real advantage having a router table. I wish I had done it earlier!

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#2 posted 06-25-2018 04:48 PM

Im only looking for a table at this point. Im content with just my one router unless id just find a great deal on a combo

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#3 posted 06-25-2018 04:49 PM

Consider buying a router plate insert and building your own base/table/cabinet. There are multiple types of plates from various mfg.
Of course the ultimate upgrade is one of the power lifts for routers but that would also involve a new router.

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#4 posted 06-25-2018 05:41 PM

Depending on the particular Craftsman router you have, you might want to consider replacing it. I had one and it worked good. I didn’t really use it too much over the years but when I did it was nice. It was the one that was very popular in the 80’s right up until they started going out.It was 1 1/2 horsepower and had a big shaft lock switch up near the top. I got a table for it and started using it quite a bit more over the last several months. Then one day it exploded. The body blew apart and the armature went spinning across the floor. I was very lucky to have not sustained any injuries from this. The body of this particular router is plastic. It has an aluminum base with large kind of oval shaped black plastic handles. The up/down adjustment is done with a large Acme thread on the main body. There was a “symptom” of the pending failure that I did not acknowledge…the bit would appear “blurry” at full speed. When I first noticed it I believed it must be a bad bearing. I intended to break it down and replace any bad parts I could get, but had to run it “just one more time” to finish a project.
Bottom line is that the bearings were fine, the plastic housing that they set in was wallowed out. It didn’t take much and it didn’t take very much running it to blow. I think I might have used it two or three times after I noticed the run out of the bits. Be careful. I replaced it all with a Bosch table and router.

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#5 posted 06-26-2018 01:41 AM

I have mine built into the tablesaw as a replacement for a wing. Has worked well for 20 years. BUT, I do have plans to build a smaller for just roundovers. One disadvantage to having in on the TS is you have to recess the bit to cut on the TS. For rounding edges a smaller unit can be left at the same setting.

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