At the heart of my workshop’s redo is the massive Bench Dog Router Table system I reviewed with ToolSelect.com – see the review HERE. Compared to previous router tables in my shop, this version is a beast! Of course it’s not really a fair comparison, given its predecessors were all bench top models, but that’s beside the point.
The Bench Dog ProMax RT router table system provides woodworkers with a number of great options for customizing their own version. The system in my shop is a cast-iron top on an enclosed cabinet, but it could easily be a phenolic top instead. Or I could choose to have either one of those tops on an open stand.
For me, what really makes this new router table system so invaluable in my shop IS the cabinet. The enclosed cabinet has enough storage space built into it that it’s become my all-in-one router center.
All my router bits, router accessories and even my routers can be stored in it and there’s still room for more. What it takes up in floor space, it makes up for with overall storage space…I actually have some empty shelves…I wonder what I can put on those?
The beauty of the system is the fact it has options! And speaking of options, one that will be making a dramatic change in my operations at the router table is the addition of a router lift. In the realm of router table upgrades this one is like going from a bicycle to a jet plane! See my review of it on ToolSelect.com HERE.
Everyone who’s used a router table knows the frustration there can be when dialing in just the right height between cuts. Having a router lift allows you to raise or lower your router from the top of the table where you can easily see what’s happening versus the old method of reaching underneath and often blindly making the adjustments. How many times have you done this only to realize the bit is much higher or lower than you wanted?
Router lifts are pricey, and to be honest I always had one on my list but I never considered it a necessity as far as I was concerned. But after using this one just for some test cuts and demonstration purposes, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it get bumped up to the top of the list for anyone who uses their router table frequently. The accuracy and ease of adjustability it provides will dramatically help with router operations in my shop.
And then there’s the fence system. Regardless of which table top, base or whether you choose to go with a router lift or traditional insert plate, if you don’t have a good fence system it won’t matter. The Bench Dog Fence system is worth the money!
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