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I guess I was lucky, I was doing woodworking for a living before the internet, I did not not know my 3/4 HP, 1/4" shank Black and Decker routers were not capable of doing any real work.

As for tables with a budget of $300, I had several of those B&D routers in tables set up for specific tasks, probably didn't spend more than $3.00 on any one of them.

Big new tools are great if one can afford the bragging rights, others just want to have some fun making sawdust without getting a second mortgage on their home.

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I built my own "table". It was easy. Cheap.
Clamps to the bench top in a few seconds.
Has a fence and dust port. Works very well.
I make trim. Got a slot cutter to do biscuits.
Use it to flush cut the edges for doing inlay.
Comes off the bench in a few seconds and goes away.
It's too easy.

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I guess I was lucky, I was doing woodworking for a living before the internet, I did not not know my 3/4 HP, 1/4" shank Black and Decker routers were not capable of doing any real work.

As for tables with a budget of $300, I had several of those B&D routers in tables set up for specific tasks, probably didn't spend more than $3.00 on any one of them.

Big new tools are great if one can afford the bragging rights, others just want to have some fun making sawdust without getting a second mortgage on their home.
I have a Black and Decker router with a light I've used for many years. The 1/4 shank and light are perfect for round overs on all the cabinet boxes... I think they put lights on a few these days.....
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I've been looking online for free plans to make one, but so far I haven't found any simple and decent ones. I'm afraid of buying the materials and messing it up.
Better to learn on a router table built with plywood or MDF than to buy a router table and learn on expensive hardwood. My first ww project was a router table. It was MDF and was screwed together. The top was two layers of MDF glued together with laminate on top. The hole I cut for the router plate wasn't perfect so I filled in around it with Bondo. I still have it. Some day I will make a new "perfect" top for it
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I'm looking into one also, presently thinking buying the table with fence, etc along with height adjustable lift. Since my Jet TS has rails extend Would make some way of quick mounting for installing/removing. Wondering if I can live without top adjustable lift?

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I'm looking into one also, presently thinking buying the table with fence, etc along with height adjustable lift. Since my Jet TS has rails extend Would make some way of quick mounting for installing/removing. Wondering if I can live without top adjustable lift?
Some routers can be adjusted from the top. They have a special hole in the base plate that leads to the adjustment screw. You insert a crank through the top into the hole and adjust the router height. It is not as precise as a router lift, but it may suffice for your needs.

The Porter-Cable 892 (890 series) mid-size router has the top adjustment feature. Bosch makes routers with it as well. I do not know about other manufacturers or specific models, but it is something you can think about and research.
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I haven’t been on here for a while. I ended up buying a Bosh RA1171 and Hitachi M12VC router for $120. Both units looks brand new. The guy selling was going through a divorce and sold all of his woodworking tools. Someone else got lucky and bought his table saw for $300. So far the router table works okay. I’ve had to tweak the aluminum plate since it doesn’t fit flush. The router is okay.

I’m thinking of possibly switching the aluminum plate and router for something that I can adjust the height through the top, but that’s not going to happen any times soon.
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