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    Score? or waste of money?

    I figured for 70 bucks, I can get some type of experience using a router table.
    It all works, all the pieces including the instruction booklet is included, even a set of cheap router bits(to play with)
    Not sure if I made a score, or threw away 70 dollars.

    (I checked my other Ryobi router I use only for rounding over edges of all the outdoor furntiure I make. It seems to fit this table also, Ill experiment eventually)
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    Allen,

    It's a score! We all started with something like that. I used mine for over a year before I upgraded. It really does open a whole new world...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    I started with one like that. I got plenty of experience on it before I built my own, larger router table/cabinet.
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    I've never liked router tables with small surfaces either narrow or short in length. To easy with a moderately large piece to route to lose control. If you can make the top wider & a bit longer for safety do so. I picked up a Rockler router-table top for $20 & also have a shop built router-table on the left side of my Unisaw. Once bit twice shy routers don't know where the project ends & the fingers begin. DAMHIKT. I had 2 of them both went in the dumpster after I disabled them so someone else couldn't use them & get hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    I started with one like that. I got plenty of experience on it before I built my own, larger router table/cabinet.
    this is exactly how I figured it. Before I build and spend on parts, I want to try a router upside down.

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    Allen, I picked that very one up about a year and a half ago on close out at HD....It's served it's purpose for me, but only limited use, (I like spinning wood not bits) The fence is a little weird, if you ask me and I've considered making a new one, but haven't yet.
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    Not a whole lot different than the Craftsman table I'm currently using - good score!
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    I think it is a nice score Allen . Heed the advise of others about the smaller table and be carfull. Even so after a while and you want you now have a nice spare plunge router that you can build a larger router table for

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    this is exactly how I figured it. Before I build and spend on parts, I want to try a router upside down.
    Allen,

    Your logic is very sound. My response to first-time router tablers is to try it before they buy or build one. Slap a router onto a scrap of plywood and use a 2x4 for a fence until you learn what YOU want in a router table.

    No way you can tell what your table needs until you've used one upside down a few times. Ya done good
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    That would be a big upgrade for me.

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