Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Router Table Tops: Kreg PRS1020 vs INCRA RT2432CM vs MLCS Woodworking Router Table Top

    Kreg PRS1020 24-inch x 32-inch Precision Router Table Top

    Kreg PRS1020Kreg PRS1020 Router Table Top is made in heavy-duty construction to work with larger routers and lifts. It comes with Phenolic insert plate and dual reducing rings, combination miter and t-slot. This is an efficient edge-banded MDF top that has micro-dot surface, and it is easy to slide. This Kreg PRS1020 router table is built to minimize vibration and greater accuracy. This high grade steel reinforced heavy duty Kreg router table delivers impressive result when it comes to safety, quiet operation in any workshop. Read more…

    MLCS Woodworking Router Table Top and Fence with Phenolic Plate

    MLCS Woodworking Router Table Top and FenceIf you are looking to buy a long lasting router table top, consider buying this MLCS Woodworking Router table top that has durable melamine surface and polyethylene plastic edges. You can also findd a 12-inche X 9-inche Phenolic router insert (premounted). It has a solid MDF core and it is 1/4 inch thidker than other tables. MLCS woodworking router table top comes with rings that facilitate 3 different size openings such as 1-3/16-inch, 2-5/8-inch and 4-inch for easy fitting with popular router bits. Amazingly, the table comes pre-installed with an aluminum miter slot for greater accuracy, and aluminum T-track slots for mounting router fences. You will also find a guide pin that is great for independent routing. It comes with Hex head adjusting screws facilitate a good level insert to top, while the small magnets keep holding the insert in place. You will also find threaded inserts on the bottom of the table top for mounting a leg set of cabinet. The router fence features a 36-inch long angle that holds the fence at 90°. Read more…

    INCRA RT2432CM 24-Inch by 32-Inch Center Mount Router Table Top

    INCRA RT2432CM 24-InchINCRA RT2432CM 24-Inch by 32-Inch Center Mount Router Table Top sizes 24” by 32”. This center mount table is a perfect choice for using the Wonderfence37 fence without positioning. The router table top features a 1-1/4-inch MDF substrate. The thickness is 1-3/8 inches and it is made to work with even heavy duty industrial routers and lifts. Interestingly, INCRA RT2432CM works with any standard size of 9-1/4-inch x 11/3/4-inch mounting plate. Usual router plate needs regular adjustment but INCRA plate leaving system puts flat head levelers in the table rather than putting in the router mounting plate. Read more…

  • DEWALT DWE7480XA 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw

    DEWALT DWE7480XADEWALT DWE7480XA 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw features telescoping fence rails that are very easy and fast to adjust and it delivers smooth and accurate performance. It has a 24-1/2 inches rip that perfectly cuts a wide selection of shelving and trim materials. Enabling you to make adjustment without requiring a tool as it features Site-Pro modular Guarding System. It has a powerful motor of 15 AMP delivering impressive speed of 4800 RPM for ripping through hardwoods very quickly and easily. It also comes with a table saw stand that can be folded horizontally for an easy storage. This DEWALT DWE7480XA 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw carries a 3-year of limited manufacturer warranty. It comes with a user guide that is very helpful for learning features of this table saw. Read more…

     

  • The Porter Cable Review: 698 Bench Top Router Table

    PORTER-CABLE 698I put a good deal of energy into checking out the latest tools for sale. Recently I found out about the Porter Cable Router Table, and figured that I would see what the buzz is about this router table.

    To give you the most accurate view of this table for yourself, in case you’re thinking of ordering it for your shop, I took a look at all the available information about this model. I put it all together and am presenting it to you here in this in depth Porter Cable Router Table Review.

    Porter Cable has a good reputation for delivering some of the best tools around at very reasonable prices. And to be totally honest with you, it’s the price of the Router Table that initially caught my attention.

    This router table is priced considerably lower than other comparable router tables. And since nothing piques the interest of tool buyers more than a low price tag, I had to see why Porter Cable is selling this router table for such a ridiculously low price.

    Router Tables: Key Features

    Before we get on to the full Porter Cable Router Table review, let’s break down some of the key features that you’d expect to get from the best router tables on the market.

    • Stability. If a router table isn’t stable and sturdy, it’s not going to help you out much on complicated routing or other woodworking projects.
    • A good fence. When you’re using a router or doing any kind of woodworking, a reliable, true and easy to adjust fence is an absolute must.
    • Working area. The best router tables should offer you enough room to work on larger pieces without feeling too crowded while you use your router.

    Now, let’s talk about how it measures up in each of these key categories…

    Stability

    As far as router tables go, the Porter Cable Router Table certainly isn’t the most stable or sturdy table around. Now, that’s not saying that this table isn’t stable enough to be used for serious routing jobs – because it is stable enough for most at-home projects.

    However, there are other router tables that cost just a bit more that are more solidly constructed and better suited for complicated routing projects. If I had to give this model a star rating for stability, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    How About the Fence?

    This is one feature of the Porter Cable Router Table that really proved to be disappointing. This router table’s fence is way to complicated and clumsy to adjust. I suppose that it would do an okay job on projects that don’t call for precise, true cuts.

    But how often do you have to work on projects where precision doesn’t matter. The clumsy design of the Table’s fence is a flaw that simply can’t be overlooked.

    Again, if I had to give the fence a star rating, I’d give it 1.5 or 2 stars out of 5. Just not what I was expecting top of line router table.

    How’s the Table in Terms of Space?

    I can’t complain about the working space as this router table provides a large, 19.75” by 16.75 inch space for you to work on all your woodworking projects. That’s plenty of space; especially when you consider that it is more or less a portable router table.

    No, this certainly isn’t the largest table around, but it should suffice for most do-it-yourselfers out there. For working space, I’d give the Porter Cable Router Table a 4 out of 5 star rating.

    Router Table Details

    • Features a 19-3/4-inch 16-3/4-inch machined aluminum top with an iron lip to support extenders
    • Integrated 3/4 inch miter gauge slot
    • Split fence design allows for quick adjustments
    • Includes the table and miter gauge

    Having done research on lots of router tables, I do have to say that the Porter Cable Router Table clearly isn’t one of my top picks.

    This router table may suffice for folks who don’t really do a lot of serious woodworking. But it is not something that a person who takes their tools seriously would want in their shop.

    Customer Reviews

    I also checked out lots of online customer reviews for this Router Table. Here are some quotes from a few of the 30+ reviews that I found online:

    • “Porter Cable Drops the Ball…”
    • “Difficult to set up, but does the job.”
    • “This worked great!”

    As you can see, the online reviewers were split down the middle on the Porter Cable Router Table. Given what I’ve found during my research, I’d have to give the Porter Cable an overall score of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which is just a shade under the actual average score of 3.6 out of 5 stars.

    The Porter Cable Router Table certainly isn’t the worst router table I’ve seen, but it’s not on par with some of the other tables in this class. Only newbie woodworkers should purchase this router table for their shops or garages. Read more…

  • Kreg Router Table PRS1040 Review

    Kreg PRS1045When I was tasked with putting together a Kreg Precision Router Table review, I knew I would have my work cut out for me (pun intended.)

    This router table has been getting a lot of rave reviews from people online, and is quickly becoming one of the best selling router tables currently available. And since I’m a veritable tool nut, I knew that I’d enjoy finding out more about this popular routing table.

    I did my due diligence, read all I could about this router table, and now I’m sharing it all with you.

    Impressive Design

    The first time I laid eyes on the Kreg Precision Router Table, I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback. It’s very evident that this is a router table that is built with superior craftsmanship. If you’ve seen some of the cheaper router tables on the market, and thought that they were representative of all the router tables that you can buy, it may be time to think again.

    The rock-solid construction of this router table clearly sets it apart from most other tables in this class. It’s a good looking and stable router table that will be the perfect centerpiece of any home shop or garage.

    Smooth as Glass

    Okay, so the Router Table looks good and provides stability. Those are both admirable qualities, but they don’t necessarily make the Kreg Router Table a great router table.

    To really step up as a high performance router table, this model needs to make working with wood as simple as possible. Well, Kreg came through again, because the table is smooth as can be.

    As you know, when you’re routing wood or doing any other kind of cutting, you have to be able to easily maneuver the piece of wood around. This table is so smooth that it’s easy to move around even the largest pieces of material, without getting hung up or stuck. The end result is detailed woodworking projects that come out looking flawless.

    Kreg Precision Router Table Features & Specs

    • The smooth table top is edge banded to absorb vibration and sound waves for a more pleasant working environment.
    • The fence is completely enclosed and made of tough aluminum for making the most precise cuts imaginable.
    • 9 1/4-Inch x 11 3/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch thick phenolic insert plate works accepts any router and include adjustable bottom-up levelers for multiple points of contact.
    • The stand is a real monster – made from heavy gauge steel and equipped with leveling feet that adjust from 31” to 36”

    After doing in depth research of the key features and checking out plenty of customer reviews, it’s easy to see why the Precision Router Tableis such a popular choice for carpenters and serious woodworking enthusiasts.

    Other tables may suffice for their ability to offer a bit of working space, the Kreg Precision Router Table towers over the competition in sheer ruggedness, stability and a table top that makes woodworking as easy as can be. All told, the features built into the Router Table add up to a serious router table worthy of the attention of people who take their professional and at-home projects seriously.

    Any Negative Points?

    So far I’ve touched on the positive points of this router table. However, I’m a realist. Like you, I know that there’s no such thing as a perfect product. I wasn’t able to find a whole lot of negative points about this table (which is a good thing, right?)

    But I was a bit troubled when I heard that a few customers said that the fence is a bit on the delicate side. While this certainly isn’t a deal-breaker, potential buyers will want to take note that the aluminum fence isn’t quite as sturdily constructed as it should be.

    Customer Reviews

    Earlier I mentioned that I researched some customer reviews while writing this best Router Table review. I actually ended up finding 22, helpful customer reviews for this model. Here are some quotes from a few of the reviews that I found online:

    • “Fantastic!”
    • “Well Built!”
    • “High Quality!”
    • “Kreg table is a good value.”
    • “Worth the price. Excellent tool.”

    As you can tell, people really seem to enjoy using the Kreg Precision Router Table. And being as it is simply one of the sturdiest, best built router tables in its class, this is a router table that every carpenter and woodworking enthusiast needs to sit up and take notice of.

    Instead of trying to dazzle you with lots of useless bells and whistles, the makers of the Kreg have simply created a tough, reliable and simple to use router table that should be at the top of your wish list if you enjoy working with wood at home or on the job.

    If you’ve been trying to find the best router table for your tool buying dollar, you’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive router table than the Kreg Precision Router Table. This is a router table that’s so well constructed that you’ll be working on projects for many years to come, once you have the Kreg Precision Router Table in your shop or garage. Read more…

  • The Grizzly Router Table Review – General

    Grizzly T10432Every time I see a Grizzly tool, I just have to smile. There’s something about this manufacturer that simply sets them apart from the run-of-the-mill tool companies out there.

    You can imagine my surprise when I found out about this Router Table hitting the market. For someone who loves tools, the addition of a new Grizzly is always a joyous occasion.

    However, I wasn’t simply going to roll over and give the Router Table a glowing review without some serious research. So I buckled down and found out everything I could about this router table. I’ve put all that information together for you here in this Grizzly Router Table review.

    Router Table Basics

    Before we get too much further into this Grizzly Router Table review, let’s discuss some of the basic features that every router table should include. It’s helpful to have a baseline to compare any router table against, so here are the key features that you should look for when you’re shopping for your next router table.

    • Versatility. – A good router table should be able to work with a wide variety of routers. There’s nothing worse than getting a tool accessory, only to find out that it doesn’t work with the tool that you already own. A good router table should be versatile enough to work with the main routers on the market today.
    • A good fence. – To make your cuts true, you’ve got to have a fence that’s accurate and easy to adjust. No router table worth its salt should be without a decent fence.
    • Easy set up. – Let’s face it… None of us wants to deal with an accessory that is difficult to use. Especially when that accessory should be as simple to set up as possible. Router tables are basic accessories, so the model you choose should be a snap to set up.

    Okay… Now that we’ve touched on what I see as some of the key router table features, let’s get rolling with this Grizzly Router Table review.

    The Grizzly Router Table is Versatile

    You won’t find this Grizzly discriminating against any particular type of router. The designers of this table have made it so that it can accept any brand of portable router. And since it handles not only multiple brands, but also sizes from ¾ horsepower to 5 horsepower, this is one of the most versatile router tables that I have ever seen.

    Fence is good

    There is nothing revolutionary or ground breaking about the fence that’s built into the Grizzly Router Table. The fence looks to be machined well and is made from aluminum. Customers have reported having an easy enough time adjusting the fence when necessary, so this router table appears to deliver when it comes to a good, true fence for cutting and routing projects.

    Set Up is a Breeze

    We all like simple, right? Well as I was researching for this Router Table, I was really happy to see lots of customers talking about how simple this router table is to get set up. If you’re like me, you can’t wait to get things out of the box and set up, as soon as they arrive.

    With the Grizzly Router Table, it looks like smooth sailing and instant gratification, where assembly and set up is concerned. Of course, some people may want to tweak it a bit to suit their own needs, but the basic set up steps seem as simple as can be.

    Grizzly Router Table Details

    1. Works with routers from any manufacturer that are from ¾ HP to 5 HP
    2. Extruded table is made from aluminum, and like the fence, is easy to slide and adjust
    3. Easy to install routers with the table tilt feature
    4. Large safety paddle switch for safe operation
    5. Integrated hold-on clamp to keep wood secured during projects
    6. Conveniently placed shelf for temporary storage
    7. Main table surface: 30 3/4″ x 9 7/8″
    8. Sliding table surface: 30 3/4″ x 12 1/4″

    Pros & Cons

    Here is my short list of the pros and cons of the Grizzly Router Table:

    Pros

    • Stable and secure for all kinds of woodworking.
    • Enough table working space for most types of projects.
    • Easy router installation, since the table tilts to 45 degrees during set up.
    • The shelf is a nice touch for quick storage and holding other tools.

    Cons

    • It’s not the biggest router table on the market, but is fine for most home woodworking projects.
    • It’s heavy. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, moving this table around can be a bit taxing for some folks.

    Customer Reviews

    Before we wrap up this Grizzly Router Table review, let’s take a look at what some real life customers had to say about this router table…

    1. “Outstanding!”
    2. “Four stars for now…”
    3. “Simple and to the point…”
    4. “A serious tool built to last.”

    As you can see, most customer reviewers have had some nice things to say about the Grizzly Router Table. There were a few complaints from people who seemed to expect a bigger table with more bells and whistles. Other than these isolated complaints, though, the majority of reviewers rated this router table as being an excellent purchase.

    If you like rugged tools that won’t let you down, you owe it to yourself to check out the Grizzly Router Table. With its simple design and easy installation steps, this is a router table that you’ll be using on all your home improvement projects for many years to come.

    To read in depth customers reviews, to check pricing or to buy click here.

     

  • Bosch Variable Speed Router Use and Functions

    Bosch 1617EVSWhether you’re a professional carpenter, or someone who just likes to tackle carpentry projects at home, you know how important your tools are.

    For many woodworking projects, you’re going to need a top-notch router. I was recently checking out theBosch Variable Speed Router, as it is one of the most popular currently on the market.

    After carefully studying all the product information and helpful customer reviews, I put together this Bosch Variable Speed Router review to help you make the best tool purchase possible.

    It’s Powerful

    One thing’s for sure, the Bosch Variable Speed Router is simply one of the most powerful routers that money can buy. It has a tough, little 12 amp motor that provides up to 2.25 horsepower.

    That means that even when you’re routing through the toughest materials, the Variable Speed Router has enough oomph to keep on cutting without a problem.

    Heck, this router reaches speeds between 8000 and 25000 rpm, so there simply isn’t a piece of lumber that stands a chance,once you start using the Bosch Variable Speed Router on it.

    Consistent Performance

    Yeah, we all know that there are plenty of fast routers out there, but many of them are a bit unpredictable. Thankfully, the Variable Speed Router is built with monitoring technology that keeps the rpm’s consistent for every job that you work on.

    That means no more bad cuts or frustrating experiences with this router. It’s always nice when a job goes smoother because of the quality of the tools that you choose. With the Bosch Variable Speed Router on your next project, it’s smooth sailing ahead.

    Easy to Use

    If you do a lot of routing, you know the frustrations that are often faced when you have to mess with template settings on a router. It can be a real chore to figure out how some of the more popular routers interact with your routing templates.

    I was very happy to learn that the Bosch Variable Speed Router has a tool-free template guide that makes for simple, quick changes and modifications for nearly every kind of template that you work with. Simpler is always better, so I was more than happy when I found out that this router offers such simple template changing options.

    Tough as Nails

    Now we all know that our tools take a real pounding. If you’re like me and get sick of tools that just aren’t up to par where ruggedness is concerned, you’ll certainly enjoy the fact that the Bosch Variable Speed Router is built with the legendary Bosch toughness and durability that we’ve all come to expect.

    Hey, there’s a reason why Bosch tools are preferred by so many professional carpenters – they’re just as tough as any power tool can be. The Bosch is one tool that I anticipate being around for most folks, even after many years of regular use and abuse.

    Product Details

    1. The 12 amp motor is one of the most powerful in its class.
    2. Motor provides 2.25 horsepower and speeds between 8000 and 25000 rpm.
    3. This router has monitoring that maintains the rpm’s that you need during every job.
    4. The template guide requires no tools and is simple to change, regardless of the type of template being used.
    5. Ruggedly built to meet the demands of serious work, day in and day out.
    6. Variable speed options lets you match the speed you need to the job you’re working on.

    Pros & Cons

    Every tool, even one from the legendary makers at Bosch, has its own ups and downs. I always want to present a fair and balanced view of the products that I review, so here are the pros and cons of the Bosch Variable Speed Router.

    Pros

    • The motor is one of the most powerful motors in this class of tools.
    • The template guide changing is so simple that it requires virtually no effort to make adjustments or changes.
    • The rpm monitoring is pure genius. I love that you never have to worry about this router bogging down or revving up to high in the middle of a complicated cut.

    Cons

    • Sawdust issues. There are times when the height-adjustment of this router becomes clogged with sawdust, which makes for a bit of frustration.
    • Handles are a bit slippery. The handles are very smooth and attractive, but they can get a bit slippery. This can be easily remedied, though, by using tacked gloves or putting a bit of tape on the handles.

    All in all, the positives far outweigh the negatives, and the Bosch Variable Speed Router proves itself to be one of the best routers currently available for purchase.

    Customer Reviews & Comments

    I couldn’t end this Bosch Variable Speed Router review, without mentioning the online reviews that I checked out. I found 65 reviews for this router, and the average score given by these reviewers turned out to be an impressive 4.2 out of 5 stars. Here are just a few quotes from some of the online reviews that I found to be helpful:

    1. “Bosch quality as always!”
    2. “Bosch, you just can’t go wrong.”
    3. “Bosch does it again!”

    As you can see from those quotes, people have been very satisfied with their purchase of the Bosch Variable Speed Router. If you’re in need of serious power and durability, but have been on the fence about which router is the best, I heartily recommend the Bosch Variable Speed Router to you.

    To read in depth customers reviews, to check pricing or to buy click here.

  • Bosch Benchtop Router Table Review

    Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router TableEven people who don’t know a lot about the best tools have heard of the legendary Bosch name. Now I always like to check out the best tools when they become available. I was very excited to find the Bosch Bench top Router Table, while I was looking around at the most popular selling tools online.

    I couldn’t resist finding out more about this routing table, so I dove in and did some serious research on this model. I decided to put my findings together for you here in this Bench top Router Table review.

    Before we Begin…

    I don’t want to fast track right into a feature list for the Bosch Benchtop Router Table, before I mention some of the key features that make for a truly remarkable router table. It’s always good to have a point of reference for the most important features before you buy your router table. Read more…

    Here are some of the most important things to look for when shopping around for the best router table for your shop:

    • Working space. The reason that you buy a router table is to have enough room to work on all your most important routing and woodworking projects. Make sure that any routing table that you buy offers you enough room to work without being cramped or boxed in.
    • Easy to adjust. Whether you’re talking about the fence or any of the other options, you’ll want a routing table that’s simple to adjust while you’re doing your work.
    • Sturdy and stable. Bottom line – a great routing table has to be sturdy. Remember, you want all of your routing and cutting to be true and accurate. If a table can’t offer you the stability you need to do your work without wobbling around, it’s not worth your money.

    How Does the Bosch Benchtop Router Table Measure Up?

    As far as working space goes it has a nice 27” by 18” table. That is enough space to work on smaller routing projects that need a lot of attention or on the bigger pieces that require room to move around with ease. No it is not the biggest routing table that you can buy. But for small shops or at-home use, this table should be adequate for most people.

    The Bosch Router Table is also relatively easy to adjust. The fence is simple to move and very solid. And there are also 2 easy to adjust featherboards, so it’s not a problem to get this table customized to your own working preferences. After all, you’re going to be doing a lot of work on the routing table that you buy, so you want one that you can set up to your own specs without a hassle.

    What really amazed me was all of the comments that I read about how sturdy the Bosch Benchtop Router Table is. With it being a more compact routing table, I honestly didn’t know whether or not this table would be as sturdy as some of the bigger tables out there.

    I should have known better, though, as Bosch almost always puts out tools and accessories that do exactly what they’re supposed to do. And since a routing table simply has to be stable and sturdy to be worth its salt, it’s no surprise that the Benchtop Router Table is sturdy and easy to work on, no matter what kind of woodworking you’re going to do.

    It’s not the most expensive, or feature rich routing table, but it covers the basics, and covers them well.

    Bosch Benchtop Router Table Features

    1. Easily attaches to any workbench for all your routing jobs.
    2. The fence is made from solid aluminum with MDF face plates.
    3. The router mounting plate is made from solid aluminum.
    4. 2 featherboards, adjustable guard, starter pin and outfeed fence shims are included.
    5. Smooth working surface makes it easy to do any kind of woodworking.
    6. Large 27” by 28” working surface.
    7. Backed by a 1 year warranty from Bosch.

    Bosch Benchtop Router Table: Pros & Cons

    As much as I’m a fan of Bosch tools, I know that there’s no such thing as perfection. With that in mind, here is my list of the pros and cons of the Bosch Benchtop Router Table.

    Pros

    • Plenty of working space for a portable, bench top routing table.
    • Easy to attach to virtually any type of work bench in your shop.
    • The fence provides true cuts and is very easy to adjust.
    • Comes with three mounting plate insert rings.

    Cons

    • The dust port is a bit on the big side, and may not work with all shop-vac models.
    • It takes a bit of time to get the table built and set up to your specifications.

    Overall I have to say that the pros far outnumber the cons. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Bosch. And being as this is such an affordable router table, it’s easy to see why the Bosch Benchtop Router Table is such a hot-selling model.

    Bosch Benchtop Router Table User Reviews

    It just wouldn’t be a complete Bosch Benchtop Router Table review without touching on the customer reviews. I found 52 reviews from real life customers, and the average score these folks gave the Bosch, was a respectable 4.1 out of 5 starts.

    And while there were a few isolated reports of people getting warped tables, these seemed to be isolate incidents and not reflective of the overall quality of the Bosch Benchtop Router Table.

    If you’re looking for an affordable, stable routing table that’s easy to use in any shop or garage, you can’t miss when you buy this Router Table. I recommend this routing table to anyone who wants to take their carpentry or wood working projects to the next level.

    To read in depth customers reviews, to check pricing or to buy click here.

  • Bench Dog  Router Table Review

    Bench Dog 40-001If you have ever needed to do a little bit of precision router work, whether you’re a professional carpenter or a do-it-yourselfer, requires having the right tools for the job. I am sure you have heard that said many times just as I have but believe me when I say that it holds very true when routing.

    The Bench Dog Router Table is one of the most popular router tables for sale today. We have done some serious research about the Bench Dog Router Table and this is how it stacks up against the competition.

    After all, if you’re serious about your tools, you don’t want to invest in a router table that’s not up to snuff. With that in mind, we’ve put all our research into this Bench Dog Router Table review, to help you make the best purchasing decision by being well informed. Read more…

    Router Table Key Features

    Before we go into this review, full-tilt, let’s talk about some of the key features that you should expect to find in a high quality router table, and then we’ll see whether or not the Bench Dog Router Table measures up. Here’s our short list of the essential router table features

    • Durability. When you invest in a router table, you’ll want it to be one that is built to take repeated, regular abuse for all of your projects. This is the first point that pushes the Bench dog well past all other models.
    • Working surface. The whole point of having a router table is to have space to work on bigger, more involved routing projects. If you want to build an extension to the table then this feature might not be that important to you but if you just use it as is then the more surface area the better.
    • Fence and extras. Today’s best router tables should have good fences and extra features, like T-slots and dust ports. The Bench Dog has its own designed mitre track and rail system which is built more heavier duty than all other standard models of routing tables.


    So, how does the Bench Dog Router Table rank when it comes to each of these key features?

    • It’s durable. This Router Table is obviously designed with serious carpentry work in mind. As such, it’s a router table that is tough enough to take on those big routing jobs, time and time again. The laminate top of this table is built using stress skin production to reduce marring and scratching. It has twin steel routers built into the Bench Dog Router Table, it’s a no-brainer to hook up your router and get to work. Of special note, the cabinet is built with solid-panel construction to make the entire table a solid, stable routing table for every kind of project. If you like bigger and badder then you will love it.
    • Adequate working surface. Overall it gives you 24”x16” of working space. While that doesn’t make the Bench Dog Router Table the table with the most working space, it does mean that you’ll have ample room to work on most any type of routing job.
    • The fence rocks! It’s not easy for tool manufacturers to provide a fence that’s worth taking notice of, but the makers of the Bench Dog Router Table have done it. The fence on this table is as good as you could ask for. For starters, the solid, one-piece aluminum construction of the fence, sets it apart from some of the flimsy rip fences that you may have seen before. The fence is also easy to adjust and as true as they come. You can’t do quality work without a true, reliable and easy to work with fence, and the Bench Dog Router Table delivers on all three…

    Extras Are Decent

    While the extras included with the Bench Dog Router Table are nothing breathtaking, they are adequate and should prevent you from having to make a run to the hardware store to get started with this router table from day one.

    You get all the hardware you need, a dust port that hooks up easily to most shop-vacs, and the T-Slots on the fence make it easy to work efficiently on all sorts of routing projects. No, you don’t get tons of accessories when you purchase the Bench Dog Router Table, but you get the things you need to put this table to immediate use.

    Bench Dog Router Table Features

    • 16” by 22” routing table with a smooth plastic laminate surface
    • The aluminum fence is made from solid, one-piece aluminum and includes T-slots
    • Includes the table, fence, hardware, dust guard, miter track, cabinet and the pre-drilled mounting plate
    • Backed up by a 2 year manufacturer’s limited warranty

    The Good & the Bad

    We all know that no tool or shop accessory is perfect. And that holds true for the Bench Dog Router Table, just as much as it does for any other router table. Here are the Pros & Cons of this model:

    Pros

    • Solid construction for true routing on the toughest kinds of jobs or projects.
    • The fence is amazing – easy to adjust, solid and built to make every cut true.
    • Large, but not too heavy. It’s easy to move the Bench Dog Router Table around the shop or on job sites.
    • The Cabinet is nice. We were impressed with the solid plate construction of the Bench Dog Router Table’s cabinet.

    Cons

    • Router plate is a bit small. If you’re used to router tables with larger router plates, you may have to adjust to the smaller plate on the Bench Dog Router Table.
    • The instructions aren’t great. The set of assembly instructions that come with this router table aren’t exactly the best. If you’re handy, you shouldn’t have any problems deciphering the vague instructions, though.

    Customer Reviews

    As we were finishing this Bench Dog Router Table review, we decided to take a look at the online customer reviews. With over 100 reviews published online, the Bench Dog Router Table has earned an average customer score of 4.6 out of 5 stars. That is a very high score, and really reflects the high level of customer satisfaction that most online reviewers reported online.

    Here are some quotes from a few of the online reviews:

    1. “Highly recommended router table.”
    2. “Great table for the money.”
    3. “Great small shop router table.”

    With all of the positive customer reviews, and a reputation for being one of the best router tables on the market today, we give the Bench Dog Router Table a hearty recommendation to all of our readers in need of a tough, spacious and affordable router table for the shop or the garage.

    To read customers reviews in their entirety, to check pricing or to buy click here.

  • My Router Table Review: Popularity, Facts and More

    I believe that for every home that has a shop then a router and table is a must have.  If you are a person that does home repairs, woodworking and improvements by themselves, then it is a must for you to have a router table.

    If you have done house repairs before, then I’m sure you know how hard it is to cut  wood using a hand held plunge router or even a fixed router.  Precision wood cutting wood with any hand held is not exactly that easy, since it does not have stability and safety when making the finer cuts therefore it is next to impossible to cut a straight line let alone two or three in a row and at different depths.

    Popularity

    Bosch RA1181It’s a good thing that router tables are getting more popular these days.  A router table can have its own table or installed in any workbench.  A router table is equipped with a work surface.  This work surface offers a working space large enough for you to work on wood.

    This work surface is designed to be very flat, perfect for working on wood.  Aside from that work surfaces are also designed to have minimal friction to keep the wood from moving.I personally have built a huge extension on mine for large items and so have some other friends of mine.
    If you are wondering where router tables can be fitted it really depends on the table itself.  However most router tables are pre-drilled, specific routers for specific router tables, you mount any router to any router table very easily.

    Router Table Reviews – Facts

    A router table is designed to hold the router in place, so instead of moving a handheld  over the piece of wood, you are actually doing it the other way around with a router table.  A router table is also highly flexible and adjustable to fit the different needs of your project.

    Aside from that, there are additional paraphernalia to hold the router table securely and minimize noise and vibration for a more convenient working environment.  Easy-to-use feather boards are also included with the purchase of a router table. It works very similar to a table saw.

    They are also equipped with a saw dust port to gather the saw dust.  This makes your working environment cleaner and more hygienic.  There’s also no need to worry about decreased visibility as the work progresses thanks to the dust port.  This will not be achieved by simply using a router without the table.  There is decreased visibility and is pretty hard to clean the mess after wards let alone the crookedness you will get.

    Router Table Reviews – Usage

    Some models come with a storage cabinet instead of just an open frame.  These cabinets are great for keeping all of your router accessories together such as:

    • Router Bits
    • Wood Working Jigs
    • Push bar
    • Frequently Used Tools
    • Power Cords
    • Anything Else You Have

    This is much more convenient than hunting all of your stuff each time you use your router.  It really helps keep your work area nice and clean so that things are not just left all over the place. In one word – organization.

    The Extras

    Of course, the extras that you get with your router table can vary quite a bit depending on the manufacturer that you choose.  When you buy a router table the things that are included are usually the dust port, featherboards, mounting plates, router mounting hardware, and a fence. Jigs can be bought separately or you can make them to fit your specific cuts.

    In my professional opinion a router table is a must-have for any home workshop period.  It is just as important as a table saw.  You can not expect to do the fine precision detail without this tool, you know the old saying “you are only as good as your tools”. A router table will allow you to put those finishing touches on your wood working projects that give it your character. It like how a painter paints a picture.

    Shipping & Assembly

    Router tables are not fully assembled when shipped.  It is very easy to put together, you might figure about 20 minutes from start to finish.  The most important aspect is the fence, you must make certain that it is square with the router. If it is out of square then you will cut deeper on one end than the other or you will cut wider than one end or the other. A simple 18″ or longer T- square is all you need to get it exact and I highly stress that you take the to be sure it is exactly squared.

    Conclusion

    What I love about my router table, for example, the crown molding throughout my entire house is custom cut and no other home has its unique design.  My youngest son makes some really cool knick knacks that his wife sells at the local farmers market. For me, mine has paid for itself a 100 times over. After I bought my first router table I do not know how I ever made it with out it, I promise you will say the same thing.

    So if you have had your eyes on a good router table do not hesitate to buy it as long as you are going to use it.  It will be worth every penny you spend on it.  I have seen no other tool that can offer you as much as this can for its purpose.

    It might be a little difficult to get the hang of using the router table at first if you have never used one before.  Be sure to practice with an old piece of wood before you start on your good wood. Always remember to measure twice and cut once, another old saying that my Dad use to tell me when I was learning how use all of his tools in his wood working shop. I sure do miss him a lot, hard to believe he has been gone for 11 years now. Read more…

     

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