Bosch RA1181 Router Table ReviewIf 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.
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Tips and advice to help you get the most out of your router table, plus our recommendations for the best products.
Getting the most out of your Router Table
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.
What To Look ForRouter 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 the table top. The 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. Some of the considerations are
- A Large, Flat, Rigid Router Table Top
- A Removeable Router Baseplate for Easy Mounting & Adjustment
- An Accurate, Easy to Adjust Router Table Fence
Make Sure It's Up To The JobOne of the reasons for using a router table is to use larger router bits like raised panel cutters, so you need to be looking at a router with
- 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 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: