JessEm Benchtop Router Table

JessEm Benchtop Router Table

One drawback to many benchtop router tables is the absence of adequate dust collection below the tabletop. JessEm intends to remedy that problem with its new Benchtop Router Table: it comes with a dust collection bag that completely encloses the router area. This bag doesn’t just trap the debris that falls below the table, however: it has a built-in 2-1/4 in.-diameter (I.D.) shop vac fitting so you can draw dust away as you make it. A pair of “Saddle Bags” attached to both sides of the dust bag provide storage space for collet wrenches and other routing accessories.

The 1-in.-thick tabletop consists of a high density MDF core that’s edge-banded and laminated on the top and bottom faces for durability. JessEm outfits it with an aluminum miter gauge track and a shorter (3-1/4 in. tall x 23-5/8 in. long) version of its Rout-R-Fence®, which consists of an extruded aluminum frame and a pair of adjustable fence facings. You also get JessEm’s 3/8-in.-thick phenolic Rout-R-Plate™ that is guaranteed not to bow or buckle. The plate has a 3-5/8 in. opening to accept even large panel-raising bits, or you can close up the bit opening with the included 2-in. Tab-Loc insert ring. (Other ring opening sizes are available separately.) The router table’s plate opening will also fit JessEm router lifts.


Beneath the tabletop, JessEm provides a 1-1/4-in. tubular steel frame that’s black anodized for rugged use and long life, and it stands on four leveler feet. The base raises the table to an overall height of 18-1/2 inches. An external safety On/Off switch, mounted in the front lower right corner of the frame, makes for convenient router control without reaching inside the dust bag. A 10-ft. heavy-duty power cord may even help eliminate the need for an extension cord. JessEm’s new Benchtop Router Table is available now and sells for about $259.

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