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I'm looking at buying a router table. Some day I'll build my own but for now I need a good one that is simple for under $200. ( I ordered the dvd of Norm Abram deluxe router station but I have a few projects I want to build first before I dive into that) After doing some research I realized there must be hundreds to choose from. I already have a good router, A Dwalt dw618, but was shocked to find out that Dwalt doesn't make a router table to go with it. (If they do I can't find it) If I can find a good table I wouldn't be opposed to buying a second router to fit it.

The first question I have is... What are the most important features to look for in an affordable router table.

Second, how do you mount a router on a universal plate, Do you drill your own holes to match your router.

Here are a couple that I've been looking at.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Table-with-Stand/T10432

http://www.cpoworkshop.com/porter-c...8&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=33-193065314-2

Thank you very much
 

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I'm looking at buying a router table. Some day I'll build my own but for now I need a good one that is simple for under $200. ( I ordered the dvd of Norm Abram deluxe router station but I have a few projects I want to build first before I dive into that) After doing some research I realized there must be hundreds to choose from. I already have a good router, A Dwalt dw618, but was shocked to find out that Dwalt doesn't make a router table to go with it. (If they do I can't find it) If I can find a good table I wouldn't be opposed to buying a second router to fit it.

The first question I have is... What are the most important features to look for in an affordable router table.

Second, how do you mount a router on a universal plate, Do you drill your own holes to match your router.

Here are a couple that I've been looking at.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Table-with-Stand/T10432

http://www.cpoworkshop.com/porter-c...8&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=33-193065314-2

Thank you very much
IMO - The grizzly you linked to is about the best bang for the buck you will find. It is a much better table than the Porter Cable and preferable just because of the table top size, if nothing else. The other tables referenced are good tables, just not the value of the grizzly. JMHO

You got the code on the "universal" mounting plate right, it comes with no holes at all. Not a biggy, just remove the base plate from your router and use it as a template to drill the holes. The most difficult part is centering your base plate over the hole in the mounting plate. That isn't particularly critical unless you plan on using guide bushings on your table, which I do on occasion.:yes:
 
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