Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Central North Carolina
When I got my first router, a 1 hp B&D fixed base, I had a piece of plywood with a hole in it for the bit to stick through, and a couple of bolt holes to attach the router. When I needed to use it, one edge got screwed to the edge of my workbench. A piece of 2 X 4 with a notch in it to go around the router bit and two clamps to attach it and keep it from moving was the fence. It had a switch box mounted to the under side of the opposite edge that the router plugged into so I didn't need to use the switch on the router to turn it on and off.
That router table was all I had for almost 10 years, and I made a lot of projects using it. Yes, I had to reach under the table to adjust the bit height, and the fence was a little crude, but I made a lot of projects using that router and router table. I am now about on my 4th router table since then, but it still has no high dollar precision lift. I now own 12 routers too, and that old 1 hp B&D is one of them. It still runs fine, but I tend to use my other more modern routers for most of my work now.