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Router related question...
« on: May 13, 2003, 04:22:57 pm »
Hi All:

I have a router related question.....

I want to build a router table before building my cab.... (well... to trim the edges.... give it a nice little touch....)

and I have a porter cable 7529 plunge router... (I think that's a very nice router...)

Instead of dishing out $200 to get a router table, I want to just buy a router table plate, get a piece of hardwood / nice plywood and route the opening... then mount the router on to the plate, then I can hang that thing upside down....
(this way... I should at least save $50+ and still have a useable router table....)

I did some research....

Rockler does have that... the table package is like $200.... and they also sell the METAL router table plate for $50... (after tax and S&H.. becomes $60+...)  
http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/showdetl.cfm?offerings_id=1385&objectgroup_id=432&catid=80&DID=6
that's a little expensive...

so, I'm looking for other alternatives.... (cheaper ones...)

Lee Valley does have a cheaper alternative...
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?SID=&ccurrency=2&page=41776&category=1,43000
Their's is like $30.... but its not METAL... its something called Phenolic... I search... and it seems like its some kind of hard plastic like material.....

Does anyone knows if this is strong enough ?? (Rockler's website claims that plastic plate will sag.... and my router is big and heavy....)

ok.... then I went searching for more.....

and in MLCS... I found this clear plastic thingy....
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/routacc1.html
go lower of the page and you see this "CLEAR PLASTIC PLATE" sells for like $15 or so for 3/8"....

They also have a router plate kid for $40... which is made of that 3/8 inch thick Phenolic also...

My question is.... I'm NOT a professional woodworker....
but I do like building cabs, and general wood working...
so, I WANT to buy something that will let me use easy and NOT BREAK EASILY....

Do I need to dish out the $$$ and buy the METAL plate ?? (I guess that would be the strongest !?!?...) or, will I be good enough getting the Lee valley Phenolic plate ??....
or the MLCS Phenolic plate ??... or even that clear plastic plate ??

Anyone uses any of the above ??... have any advises ?? Opinons ?? Suggestions ?? Experiences ??

Anyone has a router table setup which is easy to work with and would like to share the idea ??....

Thank you thank you for your help....
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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2003, 05:08:16 pm »
I have a router table that I made from a piece of corian.  I made a plate with 3/8" lexan or plexi.  If I did it again I would go with the metal plate because with my 3hp makita, the plastic sags a little giving inconsistant cuts.  What you make the table out of is not as important as the plate as long as its flat.  MDF covered on both sides and edges with formica is a good chioce.  Now that I've said all of that,  I see no need for a table in building a cab.  It'll be interesting to see you trying to feed large cab sides to the bit.  I do quite a bit of wood working, I build period furniture for fun and only use the table for moldings, drawers, smaller pieces etc.  They are selling a lot of fancy things for a router table that you won't really use.  They'll sit in the corner getting covered with sawdust.

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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2003, 05:23:13 pm »
when trimming the edges of the big pieces... I don't think I'll need the table.... but for smaller pieces... I want to route the edges curve or some shape to give it a little nice touch....

I want to at least plan out so that if I do need a router table... I know what to get.... how to get... what to do... etc.

Last thing I want is have a few pieces cut... and then found out I need something extra to complete... and I have no clue how to do it.... (well.... usually... that will happens... haa haa.... life is full of surprises... but I'm trying to minimize it... hee hee...)

thanx.... I'll seriously think about the metal plate.....
it might worth that $60+.....
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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2003, 05:43:35 pm »
Phenolic will work fine, many very professional router tables use it.

http://www.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=BP--
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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2003, 10:57:23 am »
A:  Phenolic will work, they do say its guaranteed not to sag but, why not buy metal when you know it will never sag.

B:  There is no such thing as a "professional router table"  pro shops use a shaper.  Although there are some very nice tables out there with heavy duty features, the router table is mainly for the hobbyist that doesn't have room or cash for a shaper.

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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2003, 11:38:40 am »
I think, perhaps, he means professionally made router table, not necessarily a table that professional woodworkers use.
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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2003, 01:17:51 pm »
"I think, perhaps, he means professionally made router table, not necessarily a table that professional woodworkers use. "


Ah I see what you mean.

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Re:Router related question...
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2003, 02:03:57 pm »
Norm Abrams has a router table and a shaper.  ;)

I have this "Professional Router Table" that I got at Sears.  It is pretty good for most home/hobby use.

However, I did not use it at all while building my cabinet.

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