I'm lookin at purchasing a good quality router tabletop/fence combo. I've
just bought my first house (read - money pit) and I've beent aksed with
building kitchen and bathroom cabinets, builtin hutches and some
entertainment units too. I'm considering the JESS-EM, FREUD and Veritas
(Lee Valley) units.
I'm looking for some advice, is one of these any better than the other?
I don't know about anyone else but I'm having trouble finding objective tool
comparisons anywhere. One magasine rates one tool high, the other mag rips
the same unit. Yikes...
Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond,
Depends on what you want. I did some comparison and found most were pretty
good. My choice was Benchdog.
What made my decision was:
Excellent fence, easily adjusted
Closed cabinet & drawers
Nice lift (this was the big deciding factor for me)
Easy to use featherboards on the table or fence or both, easy to set up
Others were also very good and may suit your needs. A couple are just tops
on stands or legs. Makes dust collection harder, but keeps cost down.
What is better for me may be meaningless for you. Consider making your own
or making your own cabinet with a commercial top/fence system. Take a look
at www.patwarner.com for more idea.
I have never bought a router fence, but if I had an extra $300 and
didn't need any other tools, I would buy an Incra.
That being said, I did what the others suggested and built my own. I
built the split fence out of Router Magic and it has served me well.
I doubt I spent $50 in material and it was very easy to make. I think
at the time I only had a TS and my router.
I am now working on making a Pat Warner Micro Adjustable fence, and I
have been really taking my time. The major disadvantage of the Router
Magic version and other homemade versions like it is the inability to
fine tune the position, making it more time consuming to use it for
cabinet doors and other precision cuts. I think I spent about $70 to
gather all the material for the Pat Warner fence.
If you really want to buy one, I think any of the fences you mentioned
would work fine from what I hear.
If you're talking about the original two-part Incra Jig, they're
adjustable only in 1/32 inch increments. The "micro adjust" involves
shimming with bits of paper, and I never got it to do anything useful
that way. I still use it occasionally, but nice as it is, it's junk
compared to the latest Incra systems.
You don't know the half of it!
(I just hope you don't end up learning the same expensive lessons I have.
Hoo boy. We watched "The Money Pit" before we got this place as sort of a
joke. Little did we know... Little did we know....)
Congratulations though. Money pit, schumuny pit. Being a homeowner is
great, warts and all.
Oh, and the Crapsman router table is, well, a piece of crap. If you were
considering that one, don't.
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