In his book Woodworking with the Router, Bill Hylton has this to say about router tables:
"Of all the accessories made to use with a router, the router table is the most useful. It turns the portable router into a precision stationary machine."
The key word is 'precision'. I regularly rout to an accuracy of 0,1 mm, but I am quick to add that you can't do this on a table that has 1mm of play. By the time a woodworker is ready to use a router table they are ready to build their own. There are lots of plans (many of them free) on the internet. I market a number of components that can help you build a router table.
The router table was not invented by one of the big woodworking machine manufacturers. It evolved as a shop improvised tool. Woodworkers, frustrated with some of the shortcomings
of a hand-held router, mounted their router in an inverted position under a some sort of a table.
I maintain that most commercial router tables are over-designed, under-engineered and over-priced. Perhaps the marketing strategy is let's add features that the average woodworker can't build themself and then they will buy our table.
Are you trying to decide whether to build or buy a router table? Perhaps one of the following sections will help you:
- What to look for in a router table - MORE ...
- The Routing with Denis router table package - MORE ...
Last updated 26 April 2017