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To get the most out of your router, you need a Router Table. Our Router Table Reviews rate and compare the best on the market along with the top Router Lifts, Fences and other essential accessories that will help you produce  professional quality results quickly and easily.

Router Table Reviews: Essential Router Table Accessories

JessEm, Router Table Accessories

Review: JESSEM Clear-Cut Precision Stock Guides

JESSEM Clear-Cut Precision Stock Guides are innovative roller-type hold-downs that mount in the T-track of your router table fence that are faster, easier, safer, and more flexible than traditional feather boards. Guide rollers angled at 5° toward the fence simultaneously pull the stock tightly against the fence and hold in down to the router table top for absolute control. 190
Incra, Router Table Accessories

Review: INCRA I-BOX Jig for Box Joints

The INCRA I-BOX Jig is an extremely accurate micro-adjustable box joint jig for creating a stunning variety of box & finger joints on the router table. It's safe, precise and with easy repeatability, and has the quality and attention to detail that characterizes all of Incra's precision woodworking products. 199
Leigh, Router Table Accessories

Review: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig

The LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig is a serious alternative to bench-mounted dovetail jigs. It's extremely versatile, easy to set up and makes precise, accurate joinery like dovetails and finger joints easy on your router table. 127
JessEm, Router Table Accessories

Review: JessEm Mite-R-Slide Miter Gauge

The Jessem Mite-R-Slide™ Miter Gauge glides smoothly and easily on a polished steel shaft attached to your router table fence and offers greatly improved performance and increased precision over end grain cuts made with a miter gauge traveling in a miter track in the router table top. 98
Router Table Accessories, Woodpeckers

Review: Woodpeckers Coping Sled

If you're looking for a well-made (in the USA) coping sled that allows you to make safer, more accurate joints on your router table, the Woodpeckers COPESLED1 is an excellent choice and will last a lifetime. Perfect cope and stick joints, rail and stile doors, lap joints and tenons time after time. 157

Router Table Reviews: Top Picks

BEST BENCH-MOUNTED ROUTER TABLE

Bosch RA1181 Router Table Review

With its cast aluminum table top, high quality fence, removable mounting plate and dual outlet power switch, the Bosch RA1181 router table is the best bench-top/job-site router table on the market—all for the amazingly low price of $159 8022

BEST FLOOR-STANDING ROUTER TABLE

Kreg PRS1040 Router Table Review

The Kreg PRS1040 is a top quality freestanding router table with a number of innovative features that make it stand out from the competition like the innovative table saw style T-square fence which keeps the fence permanently parallel to the miter slot, even while you are adjusting it. 4823

Advice And Buying Guides

Router Table Reviews, tips, expert advice & buying guides to help you choose the perfect Router Table.

Anatomy Of A Router Table

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Router Table Comparison Chart

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Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table

Choosing A Router Table

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Best Router For Router Table Work

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Mounting your router in a router table is the single biggest thing that you can do to increase your skills and routing capabilities.

Simply mounting your router in a router table immediately gives you a massive increase in your routing capabilities allowing you to easily and safely perform tasks that would be difficult,  sometimes impossible and/or dangerous freehand. Straight out of the box, 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 or 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 that’s only the beginning. Everything that you want to accomplish can be made easier and a better end result obtained by investing in the huge range of router table add-ons and accessories. From router lifts to high-end router table fences and from coping sleds to box joint jigs, the range of specialist accessories has never been greater, or more affordable. Results that were previously only available to the professional are now easily achieved by everyone, but the choice of the right equipment can be daunting so check out all our router table reviews to find what’s best for you.

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Router Table Advice & Buying Guides

Router Tables come in all different shapes and sizes with lots of different features and can cost anything from $150 to almost $1000. Here at Router Table Reviews, we’ve put together a handy comparison chart comparing some of the bestselling router tables on the market from Bosch, Kreg and Bench Dog so you can compare the features and specifications at a glance and choose a router table that’s right for your requirements and budget. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for and want to jump straight to our full router table reviews, our top picks are the Bosch RA1181 if you are looking for a benchtop/jobsite model and the Kreg PRS1040 if you’re after a fully-featured floor standing router table.

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 Bosch
RA1181
Kreg
PRS1040
Bench Dog
40-102
Bosch
RA1171
Bosch
RA1181
Kreg
PRS1040
Bench Dog
40-102
Bosch
RA1171
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PRICE$159$499$315$141
STYLEBench TopFloor StandingExtensionBench Top
TABLE TOPAluminumMDFCast IronMDF
TABLE SIZE27" x 18"32" x 24"27" x 16"27" x 18"
MOUNTING PLATENot included
MOUNTING PLATE SIZE9-1/4" x 11-3/4"9-1/4" x 11-3/4"8-1/4" x 11-3/4"9-1/4" x 11-3/4"
PRE-DRILLED MOUNTING PLATENot included
MITER SLOT
T-SLOT
FENCE SIZE25-1/8" x 4-7/8"36" x 3-1/2"28" x 3-1/2"25-1/8" x 4-7/8"
FENCE CONSTRUCTIONAluminum + MDF100% AluminumAluminum + MDFAluminum + MDF
ADJUSTABLE SUB-FENCE
DUST EXTRACTION
FENCE ADJUSTMENTTwin slotT-squareTwin slotTwin slot
BASE TYPEOpenOpenN/AEnclosed
BASE CONSTRUCTIONHard PlasticSteelN/ALaminated MDF
CHIP GUARD
FEATHERBOARDS
WARRANTY1 year1 yearLifetime
1 year
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Once you’ve bought a router there are a number of accessories that most woodworkers buy, and the most useful of all of them is a Router Table. A quality 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.

Router tables all operate on the same principle with the router mounted upside down under the table top and the bit projecting through an opening in table top. A router table holds the router securely, leaving the woodworker free to keep both hands on the workpiece during the cut.

They fall into one of a number of basic types and there are a number of features you should be looking for whichever type you decide to buy.

Router Table Features

  • Large, Flat, Rigid Router Table Top
  • Removeable Router Baseplate for Easy Mounting & Adjustment
  • Accurate, Easy to Adjust Router Table Fence
  • Router Table Split Fence or One-Piece Fence

Large, Flat, Rigid Router Table Top

Kreg router table topThe quality of the table top is the most important factor, and the requirements are the same as for any other woodworking machine – it needs to be as flat as possible, completely rigid and large enough to provide sufficient work space for the job. If the table top does not fulfil these basic requirements you lose the benefits of putting your router in a router table in the first place, which are increased control and precision.

Any irregularities in the surface of the table top will be transferred to the stock as you feed it across the table top and through the cutter. This means that if you are doing precision work like router-cut joinery you can end up with joints that don’t fit.

The table top also needs to be rigid so that it doesn’t flex when you push apply pressure to the workpiece, pushing it down into the table and against the fence

Lastly, the larger the tabletop, the more stable the work surface that it provides. With a wide tabletop you have a larger area on which to rest the workpiece as it is fed onto the cutter and out the other side, which stops it from wobbling. This results in a better finish to the cut and is also much safer – trying to feed a long workpiece onto a small tabletop can be quite a struggle and means you are concentrating more on holding the workpiece steady than actually making the cut.

Cast Iron Router Table Tops
cast iron router table topCast iron is probably the best material for flatness, stability and durability as evidenced by its use in high end woodworking machines such as cabinet saws. Cast iron is also good for absorbing vibration making it less tiring to use, and its weight means that the whole router table stays put on the shop floor. This weight is also its major downside because the heavier the router table, the more difficult it is to move around. Cast iron is best for woodworkers who are likely to keep their router table permanently in the workshop and have enough space to not need to move it around. All Bench Dog router tables like the Bench Dog 40-001 and the Bench Dog 40-300 feature cast iron table tops.

Due to its weight, cast iron is not used as much as other materials. Most router table tops are made from either MDF or solid phenolic resin, which is less expensive and much lighter than cast iron, making them a good choice for portable router tables. You may need your router table to be portable either because you want to take it on-site or because you have limited space in the work shop and have to move all your woodworking machinery around as and when you need it.

MDF Router Table Tops
Because of its low cost and acceptable stability MDF is the most common material used for router table tops. To maintain rigidity and provide good workpiece support, it  should be at least 1’’ thick and  should be surfaced on both sides with a material that has low friction and is hardwearing. Many MDF table tops are surfaced with melamine, or with a proprietary surface – Kreg router table tops are topped by a micro-dot skin which makes it easier to slide the workpiece over the surface – the smoother you can feed the workpiece onto the cutter, the better the finish.

Alternatively, some MDF table tops are surfaced with HPL (high pressure laminate), which is much harder and stronger than melamine. HPL is a composite sheet that has been subjected to high temperature and pressure to form an irreversible chemical bond between the specific layers, and will remain flat and stable for longer.

Solid Phenolic Resin Router Table Tops
Other router tables are made from solid phenolic resin, one of the strongest, most stable and durable materials available for an industrial strength work surface. It’s naturally rigid and tough, and is impervious to moisture, with extremely high impact resistance.

Removeable Router Baseplate for Easy Mounting & Adjustment

Kreg router table insert plateWith the majority of quality router tables, the router is mounted on a removeable baseplate (mounting plate). The advantage of a removeable baseplate, compared to mounting the router directly to the tabletop, is that it makes it much easier to mount the router to begin with and then it simplyfies changing the router bit.

If you’re planning to use your router both in and out of the table, you’ll want to consider how much work is involved in getting the router mounted. With a base plate you remove the baseplate from the table with the router still attached which gives you much better access – the alternative is to fiddle around under the table which is difficult and greatly increases the chances of skinning your knuckles.

The base plate fits into a rabbeted opening in the table top, and obviously needs to be solid and substantial – there is not much point in having a rock solid table top and then fitting a base plate that isn’t up to the job of supporting the router and flexes. As a result the top quality base plates tend to be made of aluminum rather than phenolic.

Some manufacturers  supply a baseplate pre-drilled for the most popular routers whereas others like Kreg comes without pre-drilled mounting holes – you drill them yourself using the supplied template. There’s advantages and disadvantages to both – it’s more work for you to drill the holes but the end result is that you only have the one set of holes to match your router without a load of redundant holes, which offer more opportunity for dust and debris to accumulate and potentially interfere with the feeding of stock.

Having bought a perfectly flat router table top you will obviously want the base plate to sit completely flush with the surface, and each manufacturer tends to have their own base plate levelling system with differing degrees of adjustment. Basic leveling systems often only have a leveling screw at each corner adjusted from the underside of the table, whereas more sophisticated systems will have more points of contact.

Accurate, Easy to Adjust Router Table Fence

Kreg router table fenceOnce you’ve got a quality router table top and a nice flush base plate, the next component that you need to consider, and which has a huge impact on the level of precision that you can bring to your work, is the router table fence, and these vary quite considerably in their quality and features.

There are a number of important basic qualities that all router table fences should have – they need to be completely straight and rigid, easy to adjust and lock in position, and have dust extraction capabilities.

When you buy a more sophisticated after-market fence the main improvements tend to be in the ease of positioning and the degree of accuracy. The Kreg router table fences, for example, use a table saw style T-square fence which means that the fence is always suare to the table top and you only have to measure from one side.

The most advanced fences of all, made by Incra, use an incremental micro positioning system that allows you to make adjustments down to 1/1000″ accuracy. Not something you can do by hand.

The amount of adjustability that you need depends on what you want to do with your router table – if you only want to put edge profiles on your workpiece then you do not need the critical degree of accuracy that you need if you are using it to make dovetail joints which you can do with the Incra fences.

Router Table Split Fence or One-Piece Fence

As well as the general quality of the fence, there are two basic types of fence to consider – the “split” fence and the one-piece fence. A split fence has two independently adjustable halves, so that the in-feed side of the fence can be positioned at an offset to the out-feed side of the fence. The reason you would want two independently moving sides of the fence is so that you can offset the in-feed and out-feed sides of the fence when you arel removing wood from the entire width of the workpiece during a cut. If the two sides of the fence are not offset, the workpiece would not be supported on the out-feed side.

Router table split fenceThe split fence facility is very useful, but it has a drawback – whether or not the in-feed and out-feed side of the fence are offset or in-line, it’s is extremely important to have both sides in parallel alignment. With all but the most sophisticated split fence systems like the Incra LS17 Super System, getting the two halves in acceptable alignment can be tricky.

With a one piece fence, the alignment problem doesn’t exist. The fence is one solid, straight piece that covers both the in-feed and out-feed sides of the table. In situations where you need an offset, a one piece fence can be fitted  with a split “sub-fence”, (or “fence facing”) and you can shim the sub fence on the out-feed side of the table, to allow for the thickness of material removed and so support the workpiece on the outfeed.

WHICH IS THE BEST ROUTER FOR ROUTER TABLE WORK?

It stands to reason that to get the most out of your router table, you need a router that’s up to the job and preferably one that’s been specifically designed to be mounted in a router table. For that reason you’ll generally be looking at a dedicated fixed base router rather than a plunge base router because they’re designed with router table work in mind.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A ROUTER FOR ROUTER TABLE WORK

Because a router table increases the range of jobs you can perform with your router and allows you to take on advanced projects such as raised panels which use larger cutters that are too big to control freehand, there are certain features that your router needs to have as a minimum requirement.

A powerful motor that’s up to the job of removing large amounts of stock – a minimum of 2HP and preferably 3HP
Variable speed – the golden rule is, the larger the router bit, the slower the speed, so you need a router that allows you to slow it right down for the largest cutters.
A 1/2-inch collet – large cutters only come on 1/2-inch shanks, which are stronger, more durable and vibrate less giving you a better quality cut.

And since you’ll be mounting the router upside down under the router table there are a couple of other features that will make life easier:

The motor must be easy to remove from the base – you don’t want to be fiddling around under the router table to change bits. It’s much easier to completely remove the motor from the base, and you need a quick release mechanism to facilitate this.
Even better – the facility to perform bit changes and make depth adjustments from above the table – some routers come with a bit wrench that you insert through a hole in the table to make depth adjustments or crank all the way up to change bits.
The ability to completely remove the motor unit from the base is essential if you want to use a router lift – all router lifts, whatever manufacturer, are designed to accept the motor unit only.
A good range of depth travel – you’ve already lost the thickness of the router table top, so you want a good range to let you make deep cuts above the table.

TOP 2 CHOICES FOR ROUTER TABLE WORK

porter-cable-7518-fixed-base-routerPorter Cable 7518 Heavy Duty 3-1/4 HP Router

The Porter Cable 7518 is a heavy-duty, five speed, 3-1/4 hp fixed base router designed to be primarily used in a router table, and has all of the important features that you need for heavy-duty router table work, such as a 1/2-inch collet, good range of depth adjustment and the motor unit is easy to remove from the base to enable quick and easy bit changes without skinning your knuckles. buy-now-amazon-button4

Milwaukee 5625 Heavy Duty 3-1/2 HP Router

The Milwaukee 5625 is Milwaukee’s top-of-the-range, heavy-duty, fixed-base production router with a massive 3-1/2-hp motor which will eat anything you can throw at it. It has a number of features such as an integrated router lift that make it an excellent choice for router table work, and the large, angled D-handles are more comfortable and give you more control than conventional handles when routing freehand. buy-now-amazon-button4

WHICH ONE TO GO FOR, AND WHY?

Here at Router Table Reviews we’d go for the Milwaukee 5625. It’s a true production router and has a number of useful features for use in a table such as an industry standard bolt-hole pattern for maximum compatibility, removable handles to allow for easier fitting into the table and the easy above-the-table height adjustment with the supplied T-wrench. Along with its powerful motor with soft start and variable speed it has all the key features you should be looking for if you’re planning on doing a lot of router table work. buy-now-amazon-button4

Router Table Reviews Recommended

We’ve put together a collection of router table ‘how-to’ videos to show just how versatile a router mounted in a router table is. Some of them cover the basics and others cover more advanced techniques, but what they all demonstrate is that the router table is the essential piece of equipment after the router itself. Not only that, you’re able to produce results on your router table that would otherwise require specialist equipment such as a jointer or a dovetail jig. There isn’t much you can’t do on a router table.

Router Table Videos

Video: How to Cut a Rabbet Using a Router Table

A rabbet is simply an open-sided channel or recess along the edge or across the end of a board or panel. It provides more of a mechanical connection than a butt joint and it’s also great for aligning various components in cabinetry, and even simplified drawer construction. This versatile joint is easy to cut on a router table using a conventional straight-cutting bit.0 31
Router Table Videos

Video: How To Use Your Router Table as a Jointer

Most people think that you have to have a staionary jointer if you want to put a flat, straight edge on a rough board. However, if you've got a quality router table, especially one with an offsettable fence like the Kreg PRS1040 Router Table or the Bosch RA1181, joining a nice flat straight edge couldn't be easier. Watch the video to see how quick and easy it is to get a perfect finish.0 39
Router Table Videos

Video: Using a Zero Clearance Router Table Fence to Avoid Tear-out

If you’ve ever had tear-out spoiling your projects while running your workpieces through your router table, adding a zero-clearance fence to your router table is the answer. If you don’t know what that is, watch this video to find out, as well as learning how to set one up for perfect, clean cuts every time.0 36
Router Table Videos

Video: How to Build Cope and Stick Doors

Making cope and stick doors is a great project to show off the benefits of a mounting your router in a router table, in particular when coping the ends of the top and bottom rails. Using just a pair of cope and stick router bits and a coping sled you can create beautiful paneled doors time after time.0 38
Router Table Videos

Video: How To Make a Drawer with Dovetails on a Router Table

Dovetail joints are an integral part of making drawers due to their mechanical strength - if the glue fails, the joint is still good because of the design of the dovetail. A purpose made jig like the LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig is one way to cut dovetails on your router table, but it's possible to do it without using any kind of jig at all.0 44
Router Table Videos

Video: Make Router Table Work Easy – Use A Router Lift

For the serious router table user, the benefits of using a router lift are huge. With a 3-1/2 HP router mounted in one of these lifts, you've got a routing system that can't be beat for convenience, power and accuracy. With a router lift, all your height adjustments can be made from the top of the table instead of underneath and bit changes no longer require removing the router from the table.0 38
Router Table Videos

Video: How to Cut a Rabbet Using a Router Table

A rabbet is simply an open-sided channel or recess along the edge or across the end of a board or panel. It provides more of a mechanical connection than a butt joint and it’s also great for aligning various components in cabinetry, and even simplified drawer construction. This versatile joint is easy to cut on a router table using a conventional straight-cutting bit.0 31
Router Table Videos

Video: How To Use Your Router Table as a Jointer

Most people think that you have to have a staionary jointer if you want to put a flat, straight edge on a rough board. However, if you've got a quality router table, especially one with an offsettable fence like the Kreg PRS1040 Router Table or the Bosch RA1181, joining a nice flat straight edge couldn't be easier. Watch the video to see how quick and easy it is to get a perfect finish.0 39
Router Table Videos

Video: Using a Zero Clearance Router Table Fence to Avoid Tear-out

If you’ve ever had tear-out spoiling your projects while running your workpieces through your router table, adding a zero-clearance fence to your router table is the answer. If you don’t know what that is, watch this video to find out, as well as learning how to set one up for perfect, clean cuts every time.0 36
Router Table Videos

Video: How to Build Cope and Stick Doors

Making cope and stick doors is a great project to show off the benefits of a mounting your router in a router table, in particular when coping the ends of the top and bottom rails. Using just a pair of cope and stick router bits and a coping sled you can create beautiful paneled doors time after time.0 38
Router Table Videos

Video: How To Make a Drawer with Dovetails on a Router Table

Dovetail joints are an integral part of making drawers due to their mechanical strength - if the glue fails, the joint is still good because of the design of the dovetail. A purpose made jig like the LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig is one way to cut dovetails on your router table, but it's possible to do it without using any kind of jig at all.0 44
Router Table Videos

Video: Make Router Table Work Easy – Use A Router Lift

For the serious router table user, the benefits of using a router lift are huge. With a 3-1/2 HP router mounted in one of these lifts, you've got a routing system that can't be beat for convenience, power and accuracy. With a router lift, all your height adjustments can be made from the top of the table instead of underneath and bit changes no longer require removing the router from the table.0 38

Review: Kreg PRS3400 Precision Router Table Set Up Bars

Accurate router bit height adjustment on the router table is essential for top quality results, so if you want some well made, accurate set up bars that are quick and easy to use, the Kreg PRS3400 Precision Router Table Set Up Bars fit the bill perfectly and will last a lifetime. 151

Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table Review

Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table
The Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table is Bench Dog's top of the range complete router table package which includes all of their top router table components - the ProMax RT Cast Iron Router Table Top, the 32-inch ProFence32 and the ProCabinet Baltic Birch Base. If you want a professional quality router table that will last your whole lifetime, the Bench Dog 40-300 ProMax Router Table is very likely it. 2230

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