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Aug 4th, 2016 at 8:08pm
 
I lost my shaper in a fire and considering a router table.  I have no knowledge what so ever about tables and routers.  I have a couple of old Craftsman routers and I don't know if they will fit or not.  I will be using it for furniture.  Thanks
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Reply #1 - Aug 4th, 2016 at 8:49pm
 
Are you looking to build or purchase.
Many tables these days use an insert plate. These plates come in a variety of hole patterns to fit many routers. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #2 - Aug 4th, 2016 at 8:50pm
 
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Reply #3 - Aug 5th, 2016 at 10:07am
 
I have three Craftsmen, 2 Porter cables and 1 Milwaukie.  The Milwaukie is a 3 HP variable speed, mounted in a Norm Abrams design router table. It is in an JessEm lift carriage.  It can handle raised panel bits and anything else I can throw at it and not slow down.  With dust collection added its a beast on a choke chain!
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Reply #4 - Aug 5th, 2016 at 12:20pm
 
Thanks for the reply.  Does your have a 1/4" or 1/2" collet.
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Reply #5 - Aug 5th, 2016 at 12:59pm
 
Philip Haynes wrote on Aug 5th, 2016 at 12:20pm:
hanks for the reply.  Does your have a 1/4" or 1/2" collet.


I have several routers, some have interchangeable inserts to give you 1/4", 8mm or 1/2" capacity. Typically the smaller routers and less expensive/quality routers have a 1/4" fixed size collet. For something mounted in a table it's common to have at least 2hp and ability to accept 1/2" bits.
As always, it's up to you
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Re: Router Tables
Reply #6 - Aug 8th, 2016 at 2:13pm
 
If you're doing small pieces you can purchase a bench top variety from Bench Dog or something similar.  Now, if you're looking for a premium type system then suggest you go to Woodpecker tools and review their Incra brand systems.  It's a phenomenal set-up with tremendous precision but you need to use it a lot to make it worth the amount of money you'll spend.
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