A router is one of the most versatile tools available for cutting and shaping wood. You can make it work even harder when you mount it to a router table. Why Use a Router Table
When you use a router stand, your hands are free to guide the wood instead of having to hold and guide the tool. This means that you can perform repetitive and difficult tasks with consistent results.
Router tables allow you to work on small or oddly shaped stock that would be difficult, or even dangerous, to work on with a handheld tool. You can use large bits and the most powerful routers. Some designs are even made to aid in dust collection.
Router Table Options
Wood router tables hold the router upside-down from underneath, allowing the bit to project above the surface. Choose between standalone tables and portable router tables that you can fold up and stow away when not in use. Here are some things to look for:
• Choose one that accepts your brand of router. Some can accommodate a range of brands and styles.
• Look for a flat, rigid router table top that will not deflect over time. Tops can be made of thick, laminated MDF, aluminum or cast iron.
• Make sure it has a fence that is easy to adjust but stays secure once you lock it into place.
• Check the manual and product reviews to find one that allows you to install the tool and bits easily.
• For a table that can be used for many types of tools, look at tool stands
Router table accessories can also make the table safer and easier to use. Feather boards can help you guide the stock safely. Slots are helpful for mounting miter gauges. Some come with storage to hold your tools. And for quick and simple cleanup, choose one with a port for a vacuum system that collects sawdust.