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Offline Shon

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Router table set-up for under $1000
« on: January 02, 2011, 09:38 PM »
I've been doing research but nothing seems conclusive in terms of best tables, lifts, fences...etc.  I already own a porter cable router so my budget should provide for a very nice system.  If I find that an ideal system goes over $1000 then I can make it happen.  I am a spoiled hobbyist (and a poor speller) who likes very nice quality tools--which is the reason I own a small collection of festool.  I've been researching Kreg and woodpecker but would like to hear from end users with more experience than myself...thanks
Shon

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Offline Ken Nagrod

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011, 09:48 PM »
Shon,

Check out this recent thread to see if it helps you in any way.

 GENERAL DISCUSSIONS / Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Router table plan

*IF ANYONE CAN PUT IN THE LINK TO THIS THREAD, MUCH APPRECIATED, I'M NOT GETTING IT*

<< Edited by Peter Halle:  Link:  http://festoolownersgroup.com/other-tools-accessories/router-table-plan/  >>
« Last Edit: January 03, 2011, 03:25 AM by Peter Halle »

Offline 2ooladdict

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011, 11:03 PM »
I have 2 router table setups

1. Bosch 2.25HP router with Phenolic Plywood router table , Jessem Rout-R-Lift and Incra 16" fence.
2. Milwaukee 3.5HP router with Woodpeckers Router Table Top, Woodpeckers Side Winder Lift and Incra LS17 Super System.

I had tried the Woodpeckers PRLv2 but did not like the 3/4" microadjust limitation but the Side Winder solves the problem. It is a good lift but you will need to ensure that the cable has the space to run from the lift to the side of the table without interruption.

Go for the Incra fence along with the lift. The two together make a world of difference as you get adjustablity in all x,y and z axes.


Offline Shon

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011, 11:42 PM »
thanks for all the imput/feedback...i'll research all this tonight...plan on purchasing sometime this upcoming week.
Shon

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 12:26 AM »
for a grand, I would buy a nice used spindle shaper.

Offline Shon

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 12:57 AM »
for a grand, I would buy a nice used spindle shaper.

noted...i will look into this as well and post my purchase later this week...thanks
Shon

Offline bonesbr549

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011, 08:13 AM »
If you already have the router your mostly there.   For me, I built mine.  It only took a few sheets of ply and some scrapp oak for faceframe.   I built mine from the Norm Abrhams (then new yankee workshop) plans and it was easy.  I did make a few mods though.  I put mine on good lockable casters for mobility.   Secondly, his plans called for a top made of one 1/2" piece of mdf glued to a 3/4" piece of mdf.  I used two 3/4" pieces.   That sandwich is wrapped with oak and toped with formica.   I also made my top a tad longer to accomodate a used incra LS120 fence that I bought (great and very accurate).   I bought the woodpecker PRL and put a PC7518 in it with a quick bump switch.  It's been a great workhorse for going on close to six years now without sag in the top or ever a failure.   It was a blast to build and takes care of bit storage and is one of my most used tools in the shop. 

Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 08:26 AM »
Stained glass or plastic? It's nice either way!
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

Offline bonesbr549

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011, 09:23 AM »
Stained glass or plastic? It's nice either way!

It's stained glass the pattern was provided by a gentleman from Texas I saw his over at FWW.com and he sent the pattern.   I'd like to take credit for that but the wife is the stained glass person. 

(I know it's overkill, but it does add a nice touch)

Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 07:47 PM »
I have the Kreg setup.  Could not wait for Festool to sell the CMS in the USA and it was too expensive it get one from the UK.

The Table, wheels, top, fence, micro-adjuster, lift ( which is a re-brand Woodpecker), a full set of aluminium rings(also Woodpecker), and the on/off switch, the works. I have the 7518 Porter Cable router bolted under the table permanently. I really like the self squaring fence. The Kreg quality is great. It is a very nice tool.

Now the buts. You need to build a enclosure around the router motor if you want to do any effect dust collection. The dust collection through the fence in marginal. Also wish the fence was taller.

Another router table setup you might want to look at is the Sommerfield's Tools one. 
Greg Powers
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Offline Shon

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Re: Router table set-up for under $1000
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2011, 02:41 PM »
I finally decided to go with an entire incra system: Combo kit #3 which has the 17" LS system as well as the Master lift 2.  This combo also comes with a stand--I also ordered the casters.  I came accross this router table from another website and I will attempt to enclose my system (for dust collection and storage) similar to his: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/4401  thanks everyone for your imput!
Shon