Whether you are a professional woodworker or a hobbyist, you will need a router table if you want to work on your projects safely and create some wooden master pieces. There are many projects which you simply cannot complete with a hand router alone and that is when you realize how essential a router table is.
But how do you pick the right model for your kind of work? With the market filled with various kinds of router tables, it is not easy to decide on just one and that is why we are here to help.
The kind of projects you take on, your work environment and of course your budget all matter when picking the perfect router table out of the lot. In this post we have explained the different kinds of router tables you can find, what the features are used for and what all you must consider during your search. You must be familiar with what is popular right now and also be able to compare the different models so you can decide on the ultimate table.
If you do not know where to start then we suggest you start by checking out the router tables which we have listed in this post today for you. We have reviewed 10 of the best router tables with pros and cons for each one and also included a buying guide for you later in this post.
TOP 10 BEST ROUTER TABLES
Bosch is a good name in the woodwork industry and their router tables are affordable yet highly equipped with all the features that a woodworker would want to work with.
The RA1181 model is a bench-top style router table that comes with an aluminum mounting plate that is sturdy and flat, allowing you to mount your router firmly to the table. The pre-drilled insert plates provide room for modification and also enable you to use different routers as you please.
You don’t have to worry about space with this model because the work area is a machined 27 inch x 18 inch aluminum surface that is large enough to take on any size of project. With a maximum fence and throat opening of 2.5/8, you can easily work with router bits that measure up to 3 ½ inches in diameter.
The fence is also made of aluminum and measures at 4-7/8-Inches in height and 25-1/8-Inches in length, making this the perfect table to work with tall stock. With adjustable MDF face plates you get a good hold on various sizes of work pieces. Attached to the fence and table are two adjustable featherboards that assist you when feeding your wood to the router bit and moving it across the table. They are adjustable to accommodate various sizes of wood.
- Large working area
- Adjustable featherboards
- Tall fence
- Rigid construction
- Some customers reported that the mounting plate was not as flat
- There have been a few complaints about the fence not being square
The Kreg Precision Router Table PRS1045 is a multi-purpose table that sports a smart design and great features. Although the table is compact in size- which you will love if you have limited work space, you will still be able to fit any size cabinets on it.
It features a steel stand which keeps the table firmly grounded and provides you with the stability and balance required to finish your work smoothly. You can adjust the height of the stand from 31inches to 39 inches. We also noticed
a low resistance on the work surface, thanks to the proprietary easy-slide layer included in the making of the table top.
Also included is an insert plate that measures ⅜” inches thick and 91/4” x 113/4” and comes with 3 Level-Loc reducing rings and 4 precision insert plate levelers. The plate is blank so you can drill holes to fit your router or purchase a pre-drilled plate instead.
For the fence, it features a 36 ‘’ t-square style design and comes with micro-adjustable wheel for the best fit.
- Well built and sturdy construction
- Adjustable steel stand height
- Compact in size yet sports a large work surface
- The price is on the higher end
- The table may seem too complex for beginners
If you are keen on getting a cabinet style router table then the Bosch RA1171 is worth checking out. This style of router table keeps dust down which helps keep your work area clean.
Working with tall stock will not be a problem on this table as the large 25″ long and 5″ tall aluminum fence is totally movable and includes adjustable MDF faceplates to accommodate any size of wood pieces, allowing you to create all sorts of master pieces.
The featherboards are also adjustable so you can rely on them to help you feed the stock across the table in secured motion. You can attach them to the fence and the table as needed.
Other features include accessory slots that can accept a miter gauge (3/4 inch) and feather boards. With two dust ports that also fit into any 2.5 inch vacuum slots you can tackle any leftover debris or waste material with ease.
Inclusive in the packaging- starter pin and guard, out-feed fence shims, mounting plate insert rings, adjustable clear guard, adjustable feature boards, and hardware for mounting Bosch routers.
- Incredibly large, square and rigid aluminum fence
- Adjustable featherboards
- Keeps dust down with two dust ports
- Included bit guards for protection
- Assembling this table can take a lot of time as it comes with a lot of pieces
- As a smaller work surface when compared to the RA1181
- Does not support a wide range of routers
Looking for convenience and stability in a router table that is designed especially for a D.I.Yer? Then the Skil RAS900 could just be the model for you.
This router table is so compact that you can store it away on a shelf or in a cabinet without sacrificing much space in your garage or work area. You can store the fence and router bits within the storage space that comes with the table.
A quick-release router mount system enables you to attach and detach routers fast and easily which also secures routers for better performance.
For easy feeding and moving of stock, the RAS900 comes with two featherboards, which also help you maintain stability while routing. The tall fence has adjustable MDF faces which support various sizes of wood pieces.
Make great use of the starter pin and guard when working on projects that require curved pieces and use the bit height gauge to set up the bit accurately and mould with precision.
We must mention once again that this router table is extremely easy to store and comes with foldable legs and its own storage capacity. In the manual you will be able to check out all the various routers which are compatible with this router table.
- Folding design makes it easy to store anywhere
- Solid construction
- Good size work surface
- Mounting plate features a quick release system
- Some customers mentioned this model to be a bit ‘flimsy’ where the parts do not seem to hold up too well
- Not for heavy duty or large projects
If you have minimum work space and just cannot fit in a full sized router table in your work area then you can complete all your routing work with the same efficiency and finesse using the 40-102 ProMax Extension. This is a router table extension tool made of high grade cast iron that is constructed to provide you with long lasting performance and precision in all your free-hand wood work.
The cast iron top and the 28’’ flat and square ProFence will give you amazing support while working with any size of stock. It features a dual fence slot which enables you to turn around the fence to both direction and work from both sides of the table. This not only adds versatility but also lets you make the most of the surface area. It doesn’t end there; there is also a third slot for a miter which offers you the chance to work with crosscut sleds on your table.
If you are wondering about the fence pack then let us assure you that it will not let you down. The sub fences are MDF and adjustable without the use of any tools and the ProFence also includes a sturdy bit guard and a 2.5 inch dust collection port.
One point to be noted though is that if your table saw is of left tilt cabinet grade then you cannot install this as a left extension replacement, neither can you install this extension table as a right extension replacement on right tilt cabinet grade table saws due to the positioning of the table saws motor.
- Can fit most contractor-grade table saws
- Quick dismounting ProFence
- Extends horizontal workspace
- Strong and sturdy cast iron design
- Some users mentioned that the table was not flat as expected
- Needs a modification on most parts-you will need to drill the holes to mount.
Sometimes getting a full sized router table with all the necessary features may mean that you will have to sacrifice a lot of work space but that is not the case with the Kreg PRS2100 Bench Top Router Table.
This compact sized router table can be taken to your job site or even placed in your workshop to complete all kinds of free hand woodwork. Create your master pieces with ease and precision with the help of this router table.
It comes with anodized-aluminum fence designed with quarter turn locking levers for quick fence adjustments and secured locking. You can use this table as a vertical jointer with the included jointing rods.
The large work space of 16’’ x 24 ‘’ is built of thick MDF which reduces vibration and allows you to create smooth finishes.
For further balance and stability, the stand is made of steel with a wide and stance and rubber feet that also stops the table from wobbling on any ground.
- Features all necessary traits and functions of a full sized router table
- Large work space in compact design
- High grade fence system with adjustable faces
- Insert plates are inclusive of levelers and level-loc reducing rings
- Heavy duty steel stand
- The insert levelers may need adjustments quite often
- The MDF plastic covering on the edges are quite sharp which is a flaw in design
- The clams used on the fences are plastic and require tightening often
Router tables come in all styles and sizes and the Dremel 231 is more of a shaper for small projects rather than your traditional full sized router table.
The table is made of strong plastic and is very durable but not recommended for heavy duty work or large stock. If you are into woodworking for crafts and hobby or just need to complete some quick shaping on your smaller pieces then this shaper/router table is perfect.
Although small in size, it comes with a work surface area of 8’’ x 6 ‘’, the tool sports an adjustable fence and can be attached directly to a workbench.
However, in order to enjoy this tool fully you will need a Dremel rotary tool as it will not work with other products.
There are a lot of mixed reviews about this item so if you are interested in getting this tool then keep in mind that it is not designed or advertised to tackle heavy duty woodwork. Having said that, if you are looking for a decent table to use with your Dremel tool and wish to work on small parts then this will serve the purpose well.
- Attaches directly to the work bench
- Work area of 8’’ x6 ‘’ allows you to work with small and light stock
- Great for shaping small wood pieces
- Not strong enough to handle larger stock
- Only compatible with Dremel products
Getting the perfect router for your router table can sometimes be a hassle as you may worry about the compatibility between the two products. In such cases it is a good idea to invest in a good combo deal.
Craftsman is offering a combo consisting of their popular router and router table for an affordable price. Purchasing this combo allows you to start on your woodwork from the moment the item reaches your doorstep.
The pack includes a 9.5 amp router that runs on a 1-3/4 HP motor with a speed of 27,000 rotations per minute. It is lubricated for life and constructed with sealed ball bearings that extend the life of the motor.
The router table incorporates a large workspace and a thick laminated surface for smooth movement of stock across the table top. The fence is adjustable with infeed and outfeed pullout capability of approximately 2 inches.
Other features of the router table include a double outlet power strip and a miter gauge that adjusts up to 60 degrees either way.
- A combo that allows immediate operation
- Includes a router that runs on a powerful motor
- The router table is robust and sturdy
- Compact sized router table
- Some complaints received regarding the router not turning on after a few uses
- The table has some flimsy parts
With a price tag that is a little on the higher end, the Grizzly G0528 Router Table may not fit your budget if you are interested in something a bit more budget friendly. But considering the amazing features and high grade construction of the table, you wouldn’t be complaining about the price once you start using the table.
The table is sturdy and stands on four strong steel legs. The table is made of cast iron so durability will not be a problem even in the long run. You can tilt the table up to 45 degrees to make router installation easier.
Despite the heavy duty built, the table is extremely portable and takes very little space for set-up. The whole table and its features can be collapsed to create space for storage. The stand also provides space to store your tools and accessories so you can have everything within hands reach.
The router can be attached in a matter of seconds with the quick-clamp system, eliminating the use of screws and other tools.
Accessories included are a bit height gauge, starter pin, a guard system, feather boards (2) and a miter gauge.
- The quick clamp system may not always work perfectly when mounting a router. Some customers mentioned that the system required a lot of fidgeting and adjustments for the perfect fit.