May 14, 2013

I bought a new router table!

I borrowed my brother's router table back in June of 2012 to build the hall tree.  It is a beginner's Ryobi table.  You can pick them up for $99 at Home Depot and it comes with a router.  He moved a couple of moths later and I asked him if he wanted me to bring it with me when I helped him move and he said no.  I then offered to bring it at Christmas and he said no.  He's come to my house a few times and declined to take it with him.  If I offer to give you your tool back 8 times and you decline then I stop asking.  So last week out of the blue I get a text message asking if I have his router so of course I said yes.  We met for lunch yesterday and he totally forgot that he was supposed to pick it up until I went and took it out of my car.  Long story short, I had to go buy a new router, router table, and router bits.  I was sorely tempted to pick up the $99 table like my brother's but I think that I have progressed enough in my wookworking skills to warrant a better table.  I have a Lowes and a Home depot both near my house so I went and took a look at both places.  I finally decided on the Ryobi table and router because of price, size, and construction.  The Skil table looks cool but didn't feel very sturdy because of the folding legs.  The Ryobi table is also much longer which may be good or bad as I might have to build a small table for it.


Here is the old table that I had to give back.  I was perfectly happy using this table and was sorely tempted to just buy another one like it.

This is the Skil table at Lowes

And the basic router to fit in it.

Here is the table that I bought for $99.  It is much longer and feels sturdier.

This is the Ryobi router that I bought for $59 to put in the table.  I plan on just leaving it in there full time and buying a plunge router later.

This is a basic 15 bit set that I picked up for $59.


11 comments:

  1. Very cool. A router table is on my wish list. Does that router take 1/2" shank bits?

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  2. I believe that it is has a 1/4" collet.

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  4. Excellent job. It can be said that, within a week they will start to understand how worth it is to buy and then will start suggesting others to get that.

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  5. It seems a good tools. Router table is one the most important tools for woodworker. But I didn't use any router table. I used the router only. I think it is enough.

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  6. I just purchased the blue version of this from Home Depot and used it for a project. I know there are some minor annoyances, but overall, this product was simple and straight ford to use and produced quality results in my first project using it

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  7. only 99$ , such good price !

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  8. a nice tools with good price.

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  9. Yes!! this is my next project! I think you read my mind!

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  10. That looked so pretty - I love it! I was planning to buy one for myself but got short with the funds so I had to resort to DIY instead. Hopefully, I can manage to get the funds for this!

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  11. I hear you. Cheaper tools are ok to start with, but you want to treat yourself if your skills warrant it. Ryobi is also a sound choice - have fun!

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