Best Router Table 2020

Best Router Table 2020 Reviews & Comparisons

If you need to get a lot of work done, you might need to buy a router table. This type of table may fit different table saws while allowing you to work with relative ease. The issue is that there are so many different router tables out on the market right now that it can be hard to know which is the right one for you. Here is where we can come in and help. Below you will find 5 of the best router tables out there, making it so much easier to find the right router table for you.

Product

Price

Max Weight

Type

Freestanding/Bench Top

Rating

$ 74.99

1000lbs

Freestanding

$ 131.80

300lbs / 1000lbs

Freestanding

$ 229.00

1000lbs +

Bench Top

$ 89.99

700lbs

Freestanding

$ 249.00

1000lbs +

Bench Top

Products Review

Price

$ 74.99

Max Weight

1000lbs

Type

Freestanding

In our number one spot is the Keter Folding Worktable, it is actually our cheapest product on our list however that doesn’t mean it isn’t top quality. Weighing less than 30Lbs this table is perfect for any job from DIY product to commercial construction. Standing the table is (L) 33.46” x (W) 21.65” x (H) 29.75 but can be folded into a compact (L) 33.46” x (W) 21.65” x (H) 4.4” complete with a handle perfect for easy maneuverability. The body of the table is made from heavy duty resin with aluminum legs covered in water-resistant polypropylene preventing rusting, peeling, and denting. Due to its innovative design this table can withstand up to 1000lbs, whilst also facilitating storage for bits and bobs underneath. It takes less than 30 seconds to construct and when down due to its 4.4” thickness is easy to store in around the house or transport in a van. As an extra bonus it is accompanied with two 12” clamps for securing material into place ready to cut.

Price

$ 131.80

Max Weight

300lbs / 1000lbs

Type

Freestanding

In second, we have the Pegasus Worktable WXO51. This is one of our free-standing router tables at (L) 31” x (W) 25” x 32” weighing 30lbs. this lightweight table also fold to 5” thick is perfect for carrying around from job to job. This table has three different settings; the table setting, folded down or the sawhorse setting. The sawhorse setting is an A frame shape and can be paired with another to increase maximal weight and ensure greater stability. In its table setting it can take up to 500lbs however in its sawhorse setting can take up to 1000lbs. The transition into easy setting is effortless and can be done in a matter of seconds. In addition to the workbench it comes with two quick clamps and four clamp dogs ideal for securing various materials to the table.

Price

$ 229.00

Max Weight

1000lbs +

Type

Bench Top

Contrary to the top picks this is a benchtop router table and is more of a specialized product for routing. It has a dust-collection port fitting a standard 5/2” vacuum hose to allow a debris free cut saving time spent clearing up. IT has a tall aluminum fence, with adjustable faceplates and feather boards for maximal precision and versatility. The feather boards attach to the fence and provide additional guidance and kickback protection. For safety, this router table has a power-cord lock to prevent unauthorized use. Router bits are expensive, and you do not want to lose them so as an extra feature this router table has additional storage pocket for all your router accessories. The pre-drilled aluminum mounting plate is compatible with a variety of routers with and above-table height adjustment. Furthermore, the cutting surface features a large aluminum top 27” x 18” perfect for extended work area, durability, and precision. You also do not need to feel constricted by the distance from a power socket as this router table has a 6ft power cord, complete with 1 year warranty.

Price

$ 89.99

Max Weight

700lbs

Type

Freestanding

4th place we have the Keter Compact Workbench, similar to our tope pick this table has aluminum legs extended to add an extra 4” from 29.75” to 33.75”. This transition takes 30 seconds max, whilst also being able to fold away to 4.4” thick with a handle ideal for easy transportation from job to job. The top is made of a durable resin compound holds up to 700lbs, 300lbs less than its first-place counterpart. With the use of lightweight materials like aluminum and resin this workbench less than 30lbs. It comes with two adjustable holding clamps so you can make sure your work materials a securely in place for maximal precision. Complete with 2 year warranty for any manufactures defects showing the manufacturers confidents there design and quality.

Price

$ 249.00

Max Weight

1000lbs +

Type

Bench Top

Our last pick is this Kreg PRS2100 Router Table, this like the Bosch is a bench top table and router specific. The working surface is edge-banded, vibration and noise resistant MDF with an easy-slide micro-dot skin. Combined provides you with a sturdy easy slide surface for a flawless cut. This table supports even the biggest routers with a 3/8”x 9-1/4” x 11-3/4”insert plate. Not only than but it has Kreg Level-Loc reducing rings which can be twisted into place to lock perfectly flush on the place surface. For guidance it has a heavy-duty aluminum fence with quarter turn locking levers perfect for quick fence adjustment. It also includes jointing rods to allow the use of vertical jointer on the table. This table has been tested for its noise level and turned out it was quieter than most enclosed router tables due to its combination of noise absorbing MDF table on a rigid steel base complete with vibration dampening rubber feet.

Buying Guide

Size

The size of the router table that you end up buying could depend on a few factors:

How much room you have to spare?

Some tables are ideal for small locations, the Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Router Table Extension, for example, can be added onto a table in a workshop. This means that if you do not have a lot of room, this extension could come in very handy. However, if you do have a lot of room, you may wish to opt for a larger table that has more space.

How much you wish to pay for your table?

If you would like to pay as little as possible for your router table, again you may want to opt for the Bench Dog extension or the SKIL RAS900 Router Table that comes with additional storage. If on the other hand, you are looking for a large router table, you should be prepared to pay more for it, as it will need to be a sturdy piece of equipment that supports your saw, and other accessories.

Router Mounting Plate

Phenolic or cast-iron router plates are thought to be very durable and safe. When you’re on the look-out for a new router table, you may want to look for tables that have been made from these materials. Not only are these materials strong, but they also help to reduce vibrations which means all of your cuts are more exact.

If you purchase a router table that has a small plate, it will not be as compatible as some of the larger ones. The larger plates fit most router tools, so you may want to opt for a good sized plate so you and other people can use the router table with ease.

If you are determined to buy a router table with a small plate, please find out which routers it is compatible with, as you may be disappointed. If you have already purchased a router, make sure that any table you consider is compatible with your brand to avoid disappointment.

Mobility

Some router tables can easily be moved from place to place, but some are not as portable as you may like. If you are looking for a router table that is portable, you may want to opt for a benchtop table, as they can sit just about anywhere that has a flat surface. Weighing approximately 40 pounds, benchtop tables are not light, but they can often be moved with relative ease.

Some router tables allow you to adjust the table from a benchtop table to a free-standing one. If this is the type of table that you would like, please make sure you look for a brand that offers you this. If you come across a table that can be adjusted in this way, it will have legs that fold, while being light enough for you to move from place to place.

Questions

Why would you use a router table?

Many people like to use a router table because it allows them to create smooth edges while working to a specific size and shape. Router tables also allow users to work with tall or curved stock. Routers can do quite a good job themselves, but if you would like your work to be a lot more accurate, here is where a router table could come in and help. If you’re constructing a new door frame, or you simply want to have a good finish, a router table can help you guide your lengths of wood a lot more easily.

Router tables are also ideal when you are lacking in space, particularly as some can be added as an extension to the table you usually work on. This means you technically have a lot more room, and you can do different types of work without needing to pay for a whole new table, or taking up even more space.

Router tables can also be very quick to use, allowing you to move from one area of the workshop to your router table, where you can cut that piece of wood, giving you a smooth finish, before you move onto the next stage of construction.

Can a router table be used as a jointer?

A router table can be used as a jointer because if you need a narrow jointer for edging, a router table is thought to be ideal. You can use a table mounted router if you wish to straighten some edges that have been narrowed, however, it can take a while to set up the fence with the ideal offset. Once you have the right offset, you’re good to go.

If you need a narrow jointer, simply ensure that your infeed and outfeed guides are tough enough, and long enough too, so that they can cope with the jobs you need doing.

What other things can you use a router table for?

If you wish, you may want to use your new router table as a saw, all you would need to do is set the router to a very deep threshold, preferably one that is a lot deeper than you would ordinarily use. Once you have the threshold set, you’re good to go. You may also want to think about turning the piece of over and routing the underside, as this has been proven to work.

Dovetails can be cut using a router table, in fact using a router table to cut this type of joint is fast and very effective. Clamp the tail board into a template, and then use a straight bit to cut all of the pins. This can be a little tricky to do, but a router table usually makes cutting dovetails so much easier than if you were to cut them by hand. Ideally you should make a few test-cuts just to see how effective your dovetails will be, then you’ll be good to go.

Another use for a router table includes cutting straight bits of wood, whether they are long or short. Giving a smooth finish, perhaps a smoother finish than if you were to cut the wood by hand, if you have a big job to get on with, here is where a router table will come into its own. Just make sure you have enough room on either side of the table so that you can cut large or small pieces of wood, and wood that has a curve to it.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a new router table for your workshop or garage, you should find the perfect table in the list above. Take a look at each of the tables and don’t forget to review their pros and cons so you have a good idea as to how they perform, so you get one step closer to finding the right router table for you.


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