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    I thinking of buying a new benchtop router table to replce my old "cheapie" which I have never been totally happy with. I don't want to spend a fortune but want something better than what I have now.

    Almost narrowed the choice down to the Kreg model or a Bosch. Both are good name brands but different in what you get for the money.

    Any recommendations between these two, or others would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    John
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    Re: Router Table Recommendations

    ive used the veritas(lee valley) steel top with the fence and crosscut slide

    it has a shop built cabinet underneath from the plans included with the top

    very pleased with it

    it has a bosch 2hp under it
    my shop is a beaver lodge
    steve, sarnia, ont




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    • #3

      Re: Router Table Recommendations

      I would not spend any money unless I had a table top lift included. The ability to dial in a precise setting makes all the difference in the world. I don't know if the two models you are interested in have this feature.

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      • #4

        Re: Router Table Recommendations

        Check out Bob Hunter of Wood Magazine very informative on all aspects of the router process:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh6uzm9DTaw
        Marv

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        • #5

          Re: Router Table Recommendations

          I blew the wad on a Jessem Masterlift system complete with the fence. Looks after close to a grand but it is a delight to use.
          Glenn
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          • #6

            Re: Router Table Recommendations

            the bosch router in my veritas has above table height adjustment with an ordinary allen key as did the freud before it, no need for a fancy lift system
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            my shop is a beaver lodge
            steve, sarnia, ont




            1940's Craftmaster Lathe

            https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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            • #7

              Re: Router Table Recommendations

              You should buy a router lift and make your own table.

              I'm super happy with the lower priced model Jessem lift I bought for my Makita 2.5 hp router.

              I set it into the a 3/4" ply Paulk style work bench, adjustable shop built fence on t-tracks, over and under table dust collection...it works great... Cheaper than the Bosch or Kreg portable tables that don't include a lift... and Jessem is made in Canada...
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              • #8

                Re: Router Table Recommendations

                I also have the Jessem Rout-R-Lift, sunk into a laminate plank, and it shaves hours off what i used to do

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                • #9

                  Re: Router Table Recommendations

                  I bought a used Jessum router table with a P-C VS router, best investment ever!
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                  • #10

                    Re: Router Table Recommendations

                    I have the Bosch table and am happy with it. I use it for all my box banding inlay. My router has a "precise" setting (also Bosch) and this table allows easy access to that setting.

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                    • #11

                      Re: Router Table Recommendations

                      I have several Bosch 1617 evs routers. I also have one of the bases that fits those routers and it is just as Stevem reports above you stick an auxiliary T handled allen key thru the table into the micro adjust knob on the base and you can lift or drop the router. I don't use it that way because i have a Jessem lift, but it will definitely work. The base comes with one model of the 1617 or as an option if you have a 1617 which is all you will ever need. I spin 3-1/2 inch raised panel bits with it. You should b able to find it on the net.
                      "Do it Right!"

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                      • #12

                        Re: Router Table Recommendations

                        This is the base you want if you choose to go that route. Bosch RA1165 Under-Table Router Base with Above-Table Hex Key

                        "Do it Right!"

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                        • #13

                          Re: Router Table Recommendations

                          Thanks for all the comments and advice. I had originally thought of using my existing table top and purchasing a plate and other accesories to upgrade it but the cost to do that seemed to be about the same as a new reasonably priced table, especially since I would have to cut out the hole for the router plate as my current set-up only has a hole for the bit.

                          After reading your comments about a lift, I will revisit that option or buy the parts and build a new table to accept them.

                          Thanks again.

                          John

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                          • #14

                            Re: Router Table Recommendations

                            I had a variety of set ups over time, but I needed space and versatility so now I have a Festool table and I have a Festool router in it. Very versatile, can use it sitting on a bench or standing up on its legs, good dust collection and it can travel to jobsites. Not inexpensive but amazingly functional. If I was building another table I would incorporate lots of the feature from the festool into it.

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                            • #15

                              Re: Router Table Recommendations

                              A semi-off topic question for those with a Bosch 1617 router in a table:

                              Do you do bit changes above the table, or do you remove the motor from the table to do bit changes?

                              This question applies to both those using the Bosch mounting, and a third party router lift.

                              Thanks!

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