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    Bench dog router table extension

    Anyone have this? I'm not happy with my Bosch router table, and I'll need the cabinet it's mounted on for the planer I want to add to the shop. I have the TS3650 and would replace the left extension with the Bench Dog table. Any comments would be appreciated, especially about the phenolic insert and the fence.

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    Last edited by Tony Maio; 01-13-2009 at 10:29 PM.
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    A lot of folks really like these. You are, of course, restricted to their plates and lifts. I'm not sure what the whole status is with Bench Dog now. Did Rockler buy them whole or just some products? Anyone?
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    I got the impression that I could mount my Bosch RA1165 under-table base to the Bench Dog plate. The plate is described as being pre drilled to accept the Bosch 1617 series, and I assumed that I could drill a hole to access the bit adjustment mechanism if necessary. Am I missing something? (Wouldn't be the first time.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Maio View Post
    I got the impression that I could mount my Bosch RA1165 under-table base to the Bench Dog plate. The plate is described as being pre drilled to accept the Bosch 1617 series, and I assumed that I could drill a hole to access the bit adjustment mechanism if necessary. Am I missing something? (Wouldn't be the first time.)

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    If the RA1165 is the same bolt pattern, I would think you're OK. Drilling the hole for the wrench should be no problem; I did the same on my aluminum Rockler plate to use my Mil 5625 wrench before I got a lift. A quick email or call to them should remove all doubt .

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    Update

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    A lot of folks really like these. You are, of course, restricted to their plates and lifts. I'm not sure what the whole status is with Bench Dog now. Did Rockler buy them whole or just some products? Anyone?
    I talked to Bench Dog tech support today. Rockler bought the whole operation, but they expect to continue selling thru Amazon as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Maio View Post
    I talked to Bench Dog tech support today. Rockler bought the whole operation, but they expect to continue selling thru Amazon as well.

    Tony
    Good info Tony, thanks. But, more importantly, did they say your router base will fit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Maio View Post
    I talked to Bench Dog tech support today. Rockler bought the whole operation, but they expect to continue selling thru Amazon as well.

    Tony
    that would explain Rockler's fire sale of all of their aluminum plates earlier this year.
    -Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Good info Tony, thanks. But, more importantly, did they say your router base will fit?
    I spoke to Bosch about that. They said the hole pattern on the under-table mount is the same as the router, so I should be able to do it as hoped.

    I'm enjoying the weather down here, but it's no fun being 1400 miles away from my shop. All I can do in the WW area is play with my Christmas toys, and you can only cut so many dovetail joints!

    Tony
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    Tony, I've got a Bench Dog cast iron table extension mounted to my Craftsman TS. It was very easy (and very heavy) to mount to the saw. The fence is well made and well designed. I've got my Bosch 1617 router mounted to it. When I bought the table, the plate had to be drilled for my router.

    The table is solid and easy to use. If you buy it, you're gonna love it. Yes, it's pricey but it's also something you will be able to hand down to your grandchildren.

    Doug

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    Bench Dog extension

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    A lot of folks really like these. You are, of course, restricted to their plates and lifts.
    Woodpecker's QuickLift 350ABD looks like it is meant to fit the Bench Dog tables. If so, I might go that way. http://www.woodpeck.com/quickliftalum.html

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    Last edited by Tony Maio; 01-27-2009 at 02:35 PM.
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