There are times that a power tool’s versatility can be greatly improved with accessories. A router table is one such example. With some projects, you will want to use a router table instead of working with your router held in hand. These devices help create great results, no matter what your skill level might be.
Let’s learn more about these accessories as well as look at some of the best router table models you might want to add to your shop.
In this article, we will be reviewing these 5 router tables:
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Running The Tables With Your Router
A router table will allow you to operate the router with an incredible spin on the vertical spindle. They also provide greater stability for the power tool as well as the project you are working on.
Router table vs hand-held routing
To begin with, a hybrid table saw is larger and more powerful than a benchtop, compact, or job site table saw. It will provide a more durable frame and tabletop (the best hybrids will make use of cast iron here) while using a larger belt-driven motor. It will not be as portable as these portable table saws, but it will handle larger pieces of lumber while providing more accurate cuts.
Traditionally, a hybrid fits in between the contractor and cabinet table saw types. It is less bulky and lighter in weight when compared to cabinet table saws. A hybrid will use a similar motor configuration as a cabinet table saw, but it will not provide the same level of power. A true cabinet saw will also be able to handle larger projects than a hybrid table saw can.
Conversely, most hybrid table saws will provide more stability than even the best contractor saw will by sacrificing mobility. Many older contractor saws used outboard motors similar to smaller saws and not the inboard mounting that a hybrid has. The extra stability and larger motors allow a hybrid to handle cuts that could prove impossible with most contractor table saws.
Buying A Router Table vs Making Your Own
If you have done any research on the subject you will have discovered that are a variety of opinions about building or buying a router table. It is not an imperative to buy one, but if your budget allows it, I suggest buying your first router table.
Gaining woodworking experience is often cited as one of the major reasons to build your own table. This might be intimidating for someone new to woodworking and such a project can even challenge those with some experience.
The tools needed to build a table are also a consideration. If you are new to woodworking, it is likely that your tool kit is limited and you might find yourself needing to purchase tools just to build the table.
Many woodworkers suggest building a router table as it is cheaper for those on a tight budget. This may not always be the case, as the price will depend on what materials you use as well as the features you put into the table. Again, having to buy tools just to finish the job will also factor into the total cost.
Customization of features and size are also cited as reasons to build a router table. While a DIY project can be built to your specific needs, it should be pointed out that there is a wide variety of router tables available with as few or many features that you want, in multiple sizes and configurations.
All of the issues mentioned above can be avoided by purchasing a router table. Buying a table lets you take the guessing out of the building process, provides you with an adequate table surface, and lets you get to other projects you wish to build.
How to choose the best wood router table
Best Router Table Designs Reviewed
Bosch Benchtop Router Table RA1181
- Benchtop router table; Attaches to any workbench
- 2 Adjustable feather boards; Dust collection port; Dual outlet switch; 6 feet power cord
- Aluminum fence with MDF face plates; Aluminum router mounting plate
This compact table will fit on most workbench designs while providing you with a solid platform to work from. The smaller size also generates a low price point, a feature that could prove important for those looking at their first router table.
Skil RAS900 Router Table
- Accessory storage containers protect and store accessories with router table
- RAS900 comes with 2 containers and includes quick clamp system
- Two feather-boards help guide work-piece for more accurate routing
If you need to store your table when it is not in use, this model is worth considering. It also comes with two storage containers, something I could have used with my first router table for storing bits and other accessories.
KREG Precision Router Table System, PRS1045
- 24" x 32" router table top includes a router insert plate with three molded Level-Loc reducing rings
- 36" T-square style router table fence features a micro-adjust wheel for precise setups
- Outfeed anchor has been redesigned for more usable table space and easier removal
The 24 by 32-inch tabletop on this model will be an upgrade in size. This will provide you with more support area for many projects that beginner and intermediate woodworkers might be working on.
Kreg PRS2100 Bench Top Router Table
- Industrial-quality fence containing adjustable faces, dust collection, vertical jointing and new cam clamps
- Full-size router insert plate with precision plate levelers and new Level-Loc reducing rings
- Extra-large 16" x 24" MDF table top with an Easy-Slide surface
Kreg’s second entry on this is more compact than their previous entry. It will fit nicely on medium-sized benches and provides you with a 16 by 24-inch tabletop for greater project support than found on some benchtop models.
Grizzly Industrial G0528 - Router Table
- Accepts any brand of portable router from 3/4 HP to 5 HP
- Cast iron table can be tilted 45° for convenient router installation
- Extruded aluminum sliding table and fence
Grizzly is a trusted woodworking power tool brand known for solid craftsmanship, and this router table showcases that in the build. This product incorporates a lot of features, making it ideal for serious woodworkers or those who use their router often during the build.
Which Router Table Offers The Best Support?
All five products will help you with your woodworking projects. However, the KREG Precision Router Table System, PRS1045 represents the best router table, in my opinion.
For starters, it offers a larger table surface than many of the benchtop models. That MDF tabletop is covered with a high-pressure laminate for extra support as well as workability.
It has a solid insert plate that can accept a wide variety of routers, something some of the other tables will struggle with. That plate insert also uses multiple reducing rings that help with leveling.
A micro-adjustment wheel will make small adjustments on the fence easy to do while saving you time in the process.
Finally, an adjustable table height more than makes up for the lack of casters on the legs.