Currently I have a ryobi bt3k table saw that I have a plunge router
mounted on (one of the saw leaves has a mount) to use as a router
This weekend I was working on some projects and got annoyed at having
to continually switch between the two for different operations, so I
think I want to build a router table specifically for routing.
While I am making a new table, it occurs to me that the lever on my
router that locks the height of the cutter in place is awkward and
engaging it might shift the cutter 1/64" or so, which is very annoying.
So if I am building a new table, now is probably the time to get a new
fixed-based router for the table if I am going to get one.
Typically what I do with a router is very simple: rabbets, sliding
dovetails, and corner rounding.
Typically I work on fairly small projects (think jewelry boxes, etc).
What I think I need (I'm mostly learning on my own, so I could be
Easy and accurate depth control by reaching under the table. I'd
like to adjust it by a few thousandths.
Inexpensive. I'd rather spend extra funds on wood for projects.
That's probably about it. I don't need super fast bit changes or
massive power. My current router is 1.5HP, and I rarely drag the motor
down at all.
Any thoughts on what to get (or not get) would be appreciated.