Build or buy Router Table?

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My old table has seen better days. It is small, lightweight and the opening in the metallic top is too small for my panel raising bit. So I decided it is time to upgrade. I am trying to decide if I should build one or buy one.
Any thoughts would be welcome.
BTW, Happy New Year to all!!!!
-- Al Reid
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." --- Mark Twain
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Definitely build one.
Bulldog.

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Brian,
Thanks!
BTW, did you mean Bench Dog or Bulldog?
-- Al Reid
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." --- Mark Twain

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Yeah, build. In your case it sounds like you've already got plenty of experience so the learn-while-you-build factor might be kind of low but there's still the fact that you're building something to suit your own type of work and height.
I'm still deciding whether to incorporate a router into the tablesaw cabinet I'll build this spring. What with the overarm guard frame and all, it might get in the way. But if I make the guard arm high enough, I think it'll work and I could sure use the saved space. But having a separate station to use as assembly and outfeed table would be nice. Then again, if the router/tablesaw combo works for David Marks...
Drat.
Dan
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I thought of doing that, building it into my TS extension table (Delta 10" Contractor saw w/52" Beis fence), then decided to build a cabinet under it. In retrospect, I probably should have done it.
Although I hope to never stop learning, the 'Get what you really want" factor may be the reason to build rather than buy. On the other hand, my brother, the proud owner of a Delta 7-1/2 HP 3 phase Shaper, thinks I should abandon the router and buy a shaper (or just use his).
-- Al Reid
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." --- Mark Twain

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Tell him to move it over to your house and you'll use his shaper. ;-)
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Al Reid wrote:

Build one -- with dust collection! My RT is almost dust free.
-- Mark
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Good point. My old table has no provisions for dust collection. What a mess!!
Any suggestions on brands and models of inserts, fences, etc.?
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didn't build mine into the TS; I have to be able to move it, and I couldn't see hanging an enclosure from the rails.
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Build.
http://www.delorie.com/wood/projects/router /
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That's not a router table. Its better quality than some of my furniture! I read your caption about that. Funny!
Bob

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That's a nice router table. But I don't like the fence. Well, I do like the INCRA fence, but it simply takes up too much room.

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Are you familiar with ShopNotes Magazine? The Premiere Issue Jan 1992 has a superb table and cabinet. It also shows a table set on legs. Check out their site at http//www.shopnotes.com e-mail snipped-for-privacy@shopnotes.com you will be most interested I believe. I know, as I have every issue. Ger.
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Build, far more rewarding.
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Here is what two sheets of $29 plywood and a weekend can do: http://home.att.net/~mboceanside/wsb/html/view.cgi-photo.html--SiteID-642590.html
I have not finished the drawers as of yet, but the holidays got in the way. You can easily build this in two long days.
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Build....if you have a large table on your table saw....you can mount the router in it.....if you center it, the reach will possibly long, but you can use your ts fense for the router......regardless, if you build, when you rout the opening for the router plate, make it about 1/64 to 1/32 deeper than the plate and shim it up with masking tape....works just fine for me.

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Another vote for build. I built mine in under a day, and it does the job. I've also got the plans for Norm's, and plan on building it very soon.
...Mike
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I built Norms as well and am still using it. did several mods so that it works better for me. mobile base, cord holder, more real vs bit drawers and a flexible bit storage system. One thing I should have done is to NOT use plexiglass for the access door, it serves no purpose being clear and attracts a lot of dust.
BRuce
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Thanks to all who replied. I have decided to build one. I ordered some parts and fired up my AutoCAD and started designing. I'll post a pic on abpw when it is complete.
A Happy New Year to all
-- Al Reid
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