Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Panama City, Florida
Router table advice - Do I build it or buy it?
I still haven't done anything in regards to getting a router up and working again since my HF return, hence my dilemma....
So, my big project for next month is going to be one of 2 things:
Purchase a Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table
Build a table using Steve Ramsey's build as a guide with a Kreg PRS3038 TL-Blank Insert Plate plus the spacers for it.
My dilemma stems from the price:
The cost of the Bosch is $170 (approx. tax included from Amazon) - however I would still need to build a base for it (I'd do another rolling cart for it with drawers). I'm thinking tops add in another $50 in plywood for the cart build. The Bosch also comes with the dust port, fence, T slots, and feather boards.
If I build the Ramsey table from scratch the price is around $160 - $200 (approx no tax depending which wood I go with) just for wood, the Kreg plate and spacers. However, I would still have to build a fence, dust port, T slots and buy or make feather boards - this would add an additional $100 - $150 to the cost of the build - this is putting this project at a 2 month budget instead of one month.
I'm kinda torn between the 2 - I don't mind making the Ramsey table which would take 2-3 days and an additional day for the routing top - although my budget would be shot until July for any additional purchases except for maybe a sheet or 2 of plywood.
The cart with drawers I can do them in 1 day now and I'm ready to go as soon as the Bosch router table shows up.
Any thoughts one way or the other?
Thanks as always in advance