Although a router can technically be used without a router table by a professional, most carpenters and woodworkers agree that one of these tables significantly makes it easier to cut dovetails, routing decorative moldings and working with smaller pieces. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that using one of them significantly increases safety levels during the job.
Of course, it really isn’t all that easy to find the best router table possible. After all, there seem to be countless brands making a seemingly endless supply of tables. And that’s why I’ve decided to go ahead and list ten of the best router tables currently available. This saves a ton of research and footwork and allows you to find the table that suits your needs immediately.
10. Jessem Mast-R-Lift Excell II System
This system features a 32-inch by 24-inch phenolic table that has an aluminum extruded T-track and a miter track. It also comes with an extruded table fence and a durable steel table stand. Although it does not come with the optional digital readout attachment or the Pow-R-Tek remote power switch, the user can purchase these items separately and add them on. As this system stands, it’s a well-built table that should provide many years of service and can be used with a number of different routers. It may be more expensive than other models available, but it is ideal for most workshops.
9. Goplus Electric Aluminum Table
Made for professional and amateur woodworkers who need a durable and stable surface, this table is made from aluminum and steel and is ideal for most projects. It’s manufactured for routers with up to a 6-inch base plate and has a 13.1-inch by a 17.7-inch main table and a 7.8-inch by 17.7-inch extension table. It’s designed to hold routers securely and provides more than an adequate size surface for most jobs. It’s sure to be a table which will be used for a variety of different routing tasks.
8. Porter Cable Bench Top Table 698
Designed using a lightweight machined aluminum, this bench top table is designed not only to be strong but also to be quite mobile as well. It has a large 19-3/4-inch by 16-3/4-inch top with a cast-in lip that allows it to be used with extensions and has a 3/4-inch miter gauge slot. This unit also has a quick-adjust split-fence that have independently adjustable halves. This makes this a useful piece of equipment for just about any woodworking job that needs to be finished. And it’s built in such a way that it should provide the user with years of service.
7. Woodhaven 6000 Horizontal Table
This horizontal table has an ideal design for getting a variety of different woodworking jobs done quickly and effectively such as working with tenons and mortise joints or doing vertical panel bits. This table has an assembled size of 23 & 3/4-inches wide, 24-inches tall and 18-inches deep and weighs approximately 30-pounds before the user installs their own router on it. It also has phenolic sides that make is very stable and durable and has knobs for coarse height adjustments. Best of all, it’s backed by a lifetime guarantee against defects in quality or workmanship.
6. Kreg PRS1045 Table Set
Carpenters and woodworkers who don’t like the current assortment of tables on the market may enjoy the chance to put together their own. Which is exactly what this unit provides. It comes with a large table top, a durable steel stand, a T-square style fence, and casters that all come together to form a great table for working. Other features which can be found in this unit include a jointing feature and a built-in dust collector. This customizable and adjustable system will allow the user to tweak this table to their particular needs.
5. Bench Dog 40-001 Pro Top Contractor Table
Designed with a number of practical features, this compact table is one of the top models currently available. It is 16-inches by 22-inches and has a durable plastic non-marring laminate top. It also comes with a Bench Dog 22-inch fence, aluminum miter accessory track and rubber feet that are resistant to vibration. While this unit does require assembly to be used, once assembled it provides a rock solid surface that will give the user a stable platform for all of their router work and should provide them with many years of faithful service.
4. Kreg PRS2100 Bench Top Table
Ideal for a variety of routing projects, this table features a 16-inch by 24-inch MDF table top, a full-size router insert plate, 3 level-loc reducing rings, an anodized aluminum fence, insert plate levelers and a vacuum shroud for easy cleaning. This unit also sits on a steel stand which has rubber feet designed to dampen vibrations while the user is using their router. The combination of these rubber feet and the MDF table top make this table a lot quieter than most enclosed models which are currently available. This makes it useful for using at home or on the job site.
3. Skil RAS900 Table
Pre-assembled for the user’s convenience, this table is ready to immediately be pressed into service. It has a laminated MDP top and an integrated accessory storage bag, along with a feather board, miter gauge, a guard and bit inserts. It also has a starter pin and guards help support that allows for the routing of curved edges. This unit also has legs which fold up, which allows it to be easily stored, but are quite stable when they are in use. All of these features mean that this table is ideal for most work working projects that have to be done around the home.
2. Bosch RA1171 Cabinet Style Table
Although it may not be as large as other tables, this unit is more than versatile enough to get just about any job done. It has an aluminum fence that’s 4-7/8″ high and 25-1/8″ long, which enables it to handle some fairly tall stock. It also comes with an aluminum router mounting plate that’s flat and true for accurate cuts and is predrilled to fit a wide variety of routers include Craftsman, Makita, DeWalt and Porter Cable routers. This table comes with three mounting plate rings, two adjustable feather boards, a starter pin, adjustable clear guard and two out-feed fence shims.
1. Bosch RA1181 Bench-Top Table
Some of the features that are loved by woodworkers and carpenters are found in this unit. Its bench-top design allows it to be attached to just about any workbench and it has a 27-inch by 18-inch table surface. This unit comes with an aluminum fence with MDF face plates, an aluminum router mounting plate, three mounting plate insert rings, two feather boards, a starter pin, guard, out-feed fence shims and the mounting hardware for most of the Bosch routers on the market. Other features which can be found on this unit include a dust collection port, a 6-foot power cord, and a dual outlet switch.