Convertable Benchtop Router Table

Convertable Benchtop Router Table

Rockler’s Convertible Benchtop Router Table provides multiple setup and mounting options and folds up securely for transport or storage, making it ideal for small workshops where space is limited or on the jobsite. This versatile, highly portable router table system also enables the user to switch back and forth from table routing to handheld routing without having to remove and reinstall the baseplate attached to the router.

A sturdy steel leg system and pivoting feet allow for two setup options. When the legs are in the typical “X” configuration, the table can be securely clamped or screwed to a benchtop or other flat work surface for use as a freestanding workstation. Its non-slip feet have notches for clamps and pre-drilled mounting holes for screws. Or, if shop or bench space is limited, the legs can be reconfigured and secured with the tethered, push-button locking pins to mount the table to wooden wall studs instead. The legs have predrilled mounting keyholes located 16 inches apart — the typical spacing for wall studs — and mounting screws are included. The table can be folded down when not in use or for easier transport.

Rockler has incorporated many of the best features of larger router tables into this 16-3/8-in.-wide x 18-1/2-in.-long unit, including a 1-1/8-in.-thick melamine-coated MDF top, a 3/8- x 3/4-in. miter slot to fit a standard miter gauge bar, a sturdy aluminum fence with included 2-1/2-in. dust port and bit guard, adjustable melamine fence faces with T-slots for attaching featherboards or jigs and tall ergonomic knobs that make fence adjustments easier on the knuckles.

The table’s baseplate is round at one end to match the shape of most router bases. Its other square end is ideal for use against straightedge guides during handheld routing. The nested, two-part design of the plates allows the router to be rotated to various positions within the plate so its handles will fit easily into the table opening during installation. A pair of mounting screws secure the plate to the table.

Two versions of the baseplate are available with the table: one is sized for mid-size routers and the other is for compact models. Both include starter pins and have pre-drilled mounting holes to fit most popular routers. The mid-size plate comes with an insert ring with a 2-1/2-in.-dia. center opening; a set of insert rings with additional center opening diameters is available separately. The compact plate has a 1-1/4-in. center opening with a shoulder that can accept standard guide bushings.

Rockler’s Convertible Benchtop Router Table with a Mid-size Router Plate (item 54628; $199.99) or with Compact Router Plate (item 58147; $199.99) are available now. Or, you can buy table with both baseplate sizes (item 57730) for $219.99. The baseplates (Midsize, item 55512; Compact, item 53910) are also sold separately for $29.99. A set of three clear insert rings (item 58028), to suit a wider range of router bit diameters, sells for $29.99.

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