Second portable router table - suggestions?
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  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
I just came from Lowes and they are showing a Kobalt router table with a router for $169.00
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-Fixed-Co...gLuU_D_BwE

It looks pretty robust. The table top is entirely made of machined cast aluminum. It has resin bases and 12 amp motor. I have not seen any reviews yet but it looks like a good deal.
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  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
I have this one from JessEm about 5 years ago and with the help of Pat Zabrocki who is going to help me build a portable full size one with drawers.  I still have the frame and the skirting with the on/off switch and if you can find a way to pick it up you can have it.  I do need to find a paddle switch for my future one and hope Pat can point me in the right direction and get one for my Grizzly tablesaw to. Yes

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https://www.amazon.com/jessem-03200-benc...b003e625nc
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  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
This is a good price on a switch:

http://www.rockler.com/safety-power-tool-switch

I bought the "same" from Amazon a few years back and it is now $49.00.  They might not be identical, but they sure look close.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C4...UTF8&psc=1


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#22
  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
I had the Bench Dog benchtop table. I really liked it for what it was, all baltic birch construction. But it looks like it isnt made anymore, thats a shame. Probably the Bosch table is the closest competitor.
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#23
  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
As stated, a piece of plywood, with a router or 2 bolted to it.
Saw one with 3 routers, set for making rails,stiles, and raised panels.
I've clamped a fence (piece of wood) to the base of a router, and clamped the router in a vise.
Router "table" doesn't have to be fancy to work.
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  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
A square piece of plywood or old cabinet top with a milk crate screwed to the bottom. Cut the top out of the crate to allow you t screw the router base to the underside. Drill a hole large enough to allow the largest bit to clear. A couple of small clamps and a straight piece of wood for the fence and you are done. Should be able to do it for less than $20 if you are thrifty
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  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
This guy has it as simple as it comes. 

https://youtu.be/GgA-69nnKFo
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  Re: Second portable router table - suggestions? by giradman (Hi [b]All [/b]- my m...)
(04-01-2018, 11:53 AM)giradman Wrote: Hi All - my main router table is the Veritas steel one w/ an excellent right-angle attachment, but the bit I may want to use seems never to be in the table - UGHH!  Now, I have a 'small' Rockler portable table (about $60) that just seems not very useful except for trim routers.

A second table w/ a different bit (e.g. a straight in one table & a profile bit in the other) would be convenient, but needs to be relatively inexpensive, small, and portable just to get out the way quickly.  Today I received the flyer below advertising the Bosch table @ a great price - now I know they offer a better table, too; the Bosch Reviews are great AND negative (overall, 3.6/5) - SO, what are some of your favorite secondary commercial router tables (know that there are plenty on the market) - thinking of a few hundred bucks - and I know there will be a LOT of 'build your own' recommendations, so please post those too (although that's my second choice).  Thanks for any comments.  Dave Smile

I do a lot of pattern routing.  My Bosch is actually my #1 table.  The pattern table is a 24" by 24" piece of 3/4" oak plywood.  I simply clamp it down on a pair of horses when I use it.  Cheap and quick.  Very portable, easy to store.  The really big jobs are done on a shaper table.
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