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    Do you have a router table? Do you use it?

    Like the subject says, do you have router table? If so, do you actually use it? In my woodworking I have uses for one, but I've gotten by with a handheld router up to this point. Is it useful long term, or is it the elliptical of wood working tools where you use it a lot at first then just pile stuff on it?

    Black Friday is coming, so I may be looking for one. What should I look for? No frills and get the job done, or is a crank lift a must have? What else is there to look for?

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    My sweetie bought me a Bench Dog table a few years ago because she was pretty adamant that I needed it. For the most part, it sits in the garage under a pile of "stuff". I managed with a bench top table for years and was fine with that.

    If I had an actual wood working shop where I could leave it accessible all the time I'd use it more but.. that's a dream at this point. I have 1 garage bay that I switch between tractor storage, wood working and welding. The switch from one to the next is kinda painful.
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    I use my router table more than I use a hand held router. For me, a router table is safer to use. I love the dust collection on a router table.
    I would not be without a router table.

    My router table is home built with a router lift & an Incra LS positioner fence. In my opinion, a router lift is the only way to go.
    Just like tractors, it just comes down to the amount you want to spend on one.
    Incra, Rockler, Woodcraft & Woodpecker have large selections to router tables.

    https://incra.com/index.html

    https://www.rockler.com/power-tool-a.../router-tables

    https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/router-tables

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    Yes. I've had this one for 15 years: Router Table | Grizzly Industrial
    I love the sliding top because it allows great control and makes handling smaller pieces less dangerous. Dust collection is a real plus, given how many shavings a router puts out. I also use it to cut keyhole slots in the back of hanging items -- almost impossible to get straight with a standalone tool. (I also have a hand held router that I use for large and irregular pieces.)

    When the table isn't in use, it makes a great platform for my Rockwell Bladerunner X2. The fence provides a great backstop (The Bladerunner is ideal for cutting thin metal). If you have the space and the budget, you should have both a table and a handheld. They each have very specific advantages.
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    Yes I also have a router table and use it all the time. Mine is self made with an Incra fence and a self made fence. Don't have a lift in it. Setup isn't that hard for me. I have used it for many things including making raised panel doors (both cabinet and entry), many yards of custom trim, dovetailed drawer boxes and cope and stick door frames. If you're a casual woodworker you may not see the need for one but things like raised panels and arch top panels for doors are pretty hard to do without a shaper or router table. So consider a router table a poor man's shaper.
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    Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like most of you find them useful.

    I'm thinking that something like this on my table saw might be good to save space.

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    We'll see what comes up. I'm not in a super big rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like most of you find them useful.

    I'm thinking that something like this on my table saw might be good to save space.

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    We'll see what comes up. I'm not in a super big rush.
    I did exactly that only with a cheapo table on an inexpensive table saw. Hey, it's what I could afford at the time. I used it quite a bit when I was doing more woodworking and liked having my router always accessible but safely stored under the table. I didn't do a lot of free form routing, more edges so the table worked great for those jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    I use my router table more than I use a hand held router. For me, a router table is safer to use. I love the dust collection on a router table.
    I would not be without a router table.

    My router table is home built with a router lift & an Incra LS positioner fence. In my opinion, a router lift is the only way to go.
    Just like tractors, it just comes down to the amount you want to spend on one.
    Incra, Rockler, Woodcraft & Woodpecker have large selections to router tables.

    https://incra.com/index.html

    https://www.rockler.com/power-tool-a.../router-tables

    https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/router-tables

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    A man after my own heart! Years ago before I got into metalworking and this hook business, I was an avid woodworker myself. I too own a Incra PRL lift, LS fence, a big table with homemade cabinet, plus I have the big sled for my table saw. That Incra stuff is first rate, but probably more that the OP wants to invest in for occasional use.
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    Having had a construction company in my past life for 30 years and also a full blown custom cabinet and counter shop, I may be a little biased. I Still have all my tools and machines. I found a shaper to be a great tool but I also found that a good router table was as handy as a shaper. Reproducing certain casings/moldings etc. is much easier (cheaper) with some of those 1/2" bits that have multiple configurations just by using the height/fence adjustments, and it is also safer than a shaper in my opinion. When you can use a router table to make raised door panels with a vertical bit vs. a high speed spinning 3.5" horizontal bit that could take your hand off in a flash or a nasty kickback you soon find out the router table is a nice addition to your shop, (easier on your mind with new employees too).. However, we built lots of custom kitchens and also did work for other carpenters in the shop that didn't have the room or the $$ to buy those tools. Also custom shaper bits can cost ya some dough.
    I have an old Craftsman table (when they made good heavy tools) and it stays put unlike some modern light weight tables that want to run around the floor, auto feed attached to the fence, dust and chip vac system and
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    anti kickback devices made out of oak just by cutting bandsaw cuts into the wood like fingers that lay on their side forcing the material against the fence. Ya I know you can buy them but it was a custom shop we could make anything!
    If you are doing a once in a while project requiring a router table, don't spend a lot of money buying one, there are less expensive tables out there that will do the same thing.. Sometimes a hand held router can be difficult to use where a table solves that problem and can be set up in a very short period of time.
    Norm Abram of the This old house fame had a show where he made custom pieces of furniture and so on, and once he had a plan for a router table that actually looked pretty darned good. If you are into making things like that I'm sure you can still get the plans and buy a good router and it will be as good as any commercially sold table you can buy..
    In a nut shell, I still us mine on occasion and wouldn't be without one. Would I buy one if I didn't have one and don't do that much woodworking now,,, If you knew me that answer would be yes.. And mine is not used to store things on top!!!!!! Once a cabinet maker, always a cabinet maker.... Jeff
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    I built this one. Use it when the job calls for it.

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