I am on the market for the router table. I am considering buying Rockler
router table top with fence and building base myself from MDF. It looks
solid and not much expensive. Any opinion on Rockler table and fence? What
other brands to consider? I also want to buy raised panel door router bit
set. I researched a little bit and liked sets from mlcswoodworking.com and
woodbits.com. Are they of good quality?
i don't like my rockler table. i ended up putting it aside, and
building my own table (2 layers MDF, waxed) and my own fence (aluminum
angle with adjustable MDO faces) and it's much better. as far as i am
concerned, i wasted money on the rockler table.
part of the problem for me is that the rocker table has the insert
mounted in the center. i've found that that's not ideal - i have mine
closer to one edge of a much larger table. i don't even use an insert -
i just have a hole drilled for the bit, and i have a 690 base
permanently mounted to the bottom of the table. much simpler, easier to
deal with (until i get a mechanical surface-adjustable lift).
just my $0.02 - good luck.
Alexander Galkin wrote:
I have a Bench Dog table. They offset the router to the front. Theory is
that most stuff is small and you don't want to reach, but if you do have a
very large piece you just work from the other size and have a very wide
If I was building from scratch and did notknow better, I may have put the
router in the center, but this does make much more sense once you see it.
yeah it really works well. i acquired a jointech router system, and it
requires room to mount the adjustable slide to the table. couldn't use
it on my rockler table without most of it hanging off. once i started
working with an offset hole, i decided that with or without the
jointech, it just makes sense.
and honestly, i prefer heavily waxed MDF to laminate. not sure why.
i have my router "table" sitting on a mobile cabinet with a built-in air
cleaner - i built it using a spare furnace blower i had, and four good
furnace filters - works like a champ.
maybe one day i'll get a nice router lift.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
When the Rockler table top came out I bought one and even praised it highly
enough that they used a qoute from me in their catalog. I've come to realize
that it has some drawbacks over the years. Whether these are acceptable for
your usage and the price charged is something you should consider: 1 after
heavy usage for several years their method of clamping the fence began to
damage the slot on the underside and that caused the "T" bolt heads to jam
and made unlocking the fence a chore; 2 again, after several years of use
the screws that they use for leveling the insert in the recess began to dig
into the substrate making in necessary to level and re-level it for critical
work. Both of these are relatively easy to fix and with light usage they
might never even occur. Or perhaps they have fixed the problems in newer
units. It is an inexpensive top and overall I'm still not that unhappy with
the purchase despite these glitches.
Here's a web review of the Rocker router table:
I actually like the Workmate router table idea better because I have
a lack of space. I don't know of anyone that has done one though and
used it extensively though:
I just bought a router top and fence from someone who sells them on Ebay;
just do a search, they always have a few going.
Just today I built a table for it and mounted the router; so I don't have a
whole lot of experience with it, but it seems solid, and is cheaper than the
more commercial ones.
I was a little concerned that it is only 3/4" thick. They claim their
materials are stronger than the thicker ones. I don't know about that, but
securely attached to my 2x12s it won't be going anywhere.
They have the miter slot at the extreme front end, which seems a little far;
but once I build a sled it will be fine.
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