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I am looking to get a good router table for my garage. I don't need a lift, I just need the table, fence, and stand. My router setup will consist of a Porter-Cable 7538 with Router Raizer installed. This is a pretty big router so a good top and mounting plate that won't sag would be ideal. I am not interested in something that mounts to another tool/table I just want a stand alone floor standing unit. I have heard the phenolic tops can be hard to work with/hit or miss so I would probably go with a cast iron top if I can.

 

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I am looking to get a good router table for my garage. I don't need a lift, I just need the table, fence, and stand. My router setup will consist of a Porter-Cable 7538 with Router Raizer installed. This is a pretty big router so a good top and mounting plate that won't sag would be ideal. I am not interested in something that mounts to another tool/table I just want a stand alone floor standing unit. I have heard the phenolic tops can be hard to work with/hit or miss so I would probably go with a cast iron top if I can.
 
Any suggestions?

Honestly I’d shoot over to a Rockler or Woodcraft if you have one and check out what they have, quite a few table set ups, the Incra are supposed to be pretty good


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3 hours ago, JimboS1ice said:


Honestly I’d shoot over to a Rockler or Woodcraft if you have one and check out what they have, quite a few table set ups, the Incra are supposed to be pretty good
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The nearest woodcraft is 2-3 hours away no idea where the nearest rockler is.

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32 minutes ago, JimboS1ice said:

That sucks, they usually have good displays to get a good feel for what your looking for


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I am thinking I would probably go with either the Benchdog cast iron, SawStop cast iron, or Jet cast iron. All have their pros and cons. I am leaning more towards the Benchdog because it includes the correct mounting plate for my specific router. It may not include wheels, an on/off switch, or a lift but I already have a lift kit that is compatible, the wheels shouldn’t be too hard to add, and there are plenty of on/off switches available. The switch should be reasonably easy to install.

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I would also take something from Woodcraft, because for the last couple of years they sold me nothing but quality goods. When I was looking some great table for my router DeWalt DW618PK 12-Amp, it was also not so easy, but i looked for some reviews and some examples from my friends, who already owned it, and purchased too different parts, connecting them into one table.

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The cast iron tables are nice but they are kind of small depending on what your are doing. If your going that route I'd look for a used shaper that accepts an adapter to run 1/2 in router bits.

 

At work we typically make router tables.  At home I have one mounted in a 4x8 work table which is nice as there is plenty of area to support the material.

 

A lot depends on how much you plan on using it.  a couple of months ago I bought this one on craigslist for 200.00with the routers 

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A shaper would be fine except they are so big and heavy especially for half a 2 car garage. Also I already had a router to go in it. I needed something that could easily be moved around. I went with the bench dog from rockler. It was on sale at the time. The porter cable router I already had wasn't light. I didn't want to risk having sag by going with a laminate or phenolic option.

 

 

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I will also take something from Woodcraft, since they have sold me nothing but quality products for the last couple of years. It was also not so easy when I was searching for a great table for my DeWalt DW618PK 12-Amp router, but I looked for some feedback and some examples from my friends, who already owned it, and bought too many different pieces, connecting them to one table.

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