The Bosch RA1181 is an open style, benchtop table made from quality components, with a good sized tabletop plus an excellent fence, giving you two of the main advantages of larger router tables in a compact, portable form and at an excellent price too. If space is at a premium and you are looking for a router table to get out and clamp to your bench each time you use it, the Bosch RA1181 should be on your list.
The Bench Dog 40-001 Router Table is the sturdiest, most robust job-site/benchtop router table on the market with a cabinet base that will last a lifetime. Equally important in a category where portability competes with table top real estate, you get Bench Dog’s unique dual position fence slots that allow you to move the fence to accommodate larger panels, maximizing your usable tabletop space.
The Bench Dog 40-102 ProMax Router Table is the perfect solution for woodworkers who want all the benefits of a freestanding router table with a cast iron table top but have limited workshop space. It’s got a similar sized tabletop to a benchtop router table like the Bosch RA1181, and has the added advantage of the stability that that comes with a heavy freestanding table.
Router Combination Kits are the most popular type of router on the market. You get a single 2-1/4 HP motor with both 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch collets plus a fixed base and a plunge router base, which gives you maximum versatility and incredible value for money. For most woodworkers they give you all the routing capabilities that you are likely to need on a regular basis including the ability to use them in a router table.
If you’ve ever had tearout while running your pieces through your router table, adding a zero-clearance fence to your table is the answer. You probably can’t believe something as simple as this zero clearance fence can have such a dramatic effect on the quality of the cut. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference.
Plunge and fixed base routers both have a place in the workshop, and each one is best suited to specific routing tasks. Basically, use a plunge router when you want to rout in the middle of the workpiece or when making a stopped cut that doesn’t go all the way to the edge of the workpiece e.g. a mortise; use a fixed base router when you are not making a stopped cut and routing the edge of the workpiece.
Following the success of last year’s event, Irwin Tools are hosting the second National Tradesmen Day on September 21, 2012. The plan is to hold the event each year on the third Friday in September to encourage all Americans to make plans to recognize America’s tradesmen.
You don’t need to be doing woodworking very long before you decide that you want a router, but the question is how to choose the best one out of the enormous choice. As a beginner there are a couple of major considerations that will influence your choice – first, you probably don’t want a high end router with a bunch of features that you don’t yet have the skill to use, and second, you do want a router that has sufficient features and capabilities that will last you for some time – you don’t want to be looking to replace it as soon as you progress a little bit.
A lot of experienced woodworkers would agree that mounting your router in a router table is the single biggest thing that you can do to increase your routing capabilities. A router table increases the range of jobs you can perform with your router and allows you to easily take on advanced projects such as raised panels, use larger cutters that are too big to control freehand as well as making it easier and safer to do things like putting edge moldings on narrow workpieces. But which is the best one?
Router combo kits have both a fixed and a plunge base which share one motor unit. In addition, most of them also come with both 1/4-in and 1/2-in colletts, giving you maximum versatility from one machine. Our side by side Router Combo Kit comparison chart lets you easily compare the specifications of all the best selling router combos on the market in 2017.