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Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop Contractor Benchtop Router Table

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  • Ample 16-by-22-inch router table with plastic laminate top
  • Clear acrylic insert accepts most routers; melamine cabinet
  • Extruded aluminum fence with T-slots
  • All necessary hardware and assembly instructions included
  • Limited 2-year warranty
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Includes ProTop Contractor Router Table - 40-001

Don't let its compact size fool you. The award-winning Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop Contractor Benchtop Router Table makes use of a unique forward offset router location and the dual-position ProFence to provide as much usable work surface as most full-size router tables. Designed to be durable, easy to move around the job site, and ready to accept any router, it provides the versatility, stability, and guidance you need to complete precision projects safely.

The ProTop Contractor Benchtop Table adds versatility and precision to your router setup. View larger.
Versatile Design for Precision Work
Whether you're a professional craftsperson or a serious do-it-yourselfer, a router table like the ProTop Contractor lets you tackle jobs that would be difficult or impossible to complete precisely with a handheld router.

A top-quality fence is critical to the performance of any router table system, and this system relies on the feature-loaded ProFence. Its heavy-duty, one-piece aluminum frame is fully machined on the front and bottom surfaces to ensure it's flat, true, and square. Easy-adjust sub-fences and bit guard are also included.

The ProTop Contractor provides a flexible setup that can be adjusted to project-specific needs, with an aluminum miter accessory track that is adjustable to fit all standard miter gauges, plus accessory T-slots on both the table and fence that are perfect for mounting featherboards, stops, fence risers, and switches. This allows you to accommodate the full range of router applications, from cutting dadoes and slots to crafting precise joints. For work with large panels, this table also offers dual fence slots, so you can flip the fence around quickly and easily.

An integrated 2-1/2-inch dust port fits standard shop vac hoses to help keep your work area clear of debris for safety, visibility, and operator comfort.

Dependable Construction for Tough Jobs
The non-marring laminate top is built using stress-skin construction for strength and flatness, and it measures 24 x 16 inches to provide a large work area. Exclusive twin steel rails support your router, while the enclosed birch plywood cabinet reduces dust and noise, and its solid panel construction makes it stronger than cheap plastic or stamped steel stands. The cabinet's rubber feet prevent table slippage and double as isolation mounts for dramatically reduced vibration.

This table's setup will accept any router, and the included router plate is predrilled to make installation extra-easy for most popular routers from leading brands like Craftsman, DeWalt, Fein, Hitachi, Makita, Ryobi, and Skil. The 15-inch inside-cabinet height provides plenty of space for whatever router you use, plus room for Bench Dog's ProLift and other accessories (not included).

This portable router table weighs just 40 pounds, and it requires assembly. It is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

About Bench Dog
Bench Dog offers a growing line of router tables, safety accessories, and tools for everyone from building and woodworking professionals to schools and serious beginners.

The company began in 1995 with Norston Fontaine, Karen Slatter, and the simple idea that great tools are the result of great design and solid engineering. Since then, Bench Dog tools have received an enthusiastic response from customers, trade publications, and the woodworking community at large.

What's in the Box
Table top, fence, dust port, bit guard, miter track, pre-drilled router insert plate, mounting screws, and cabinet.

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Technical Details
Part Number 40-001
Item Weight43.2 pounds
Product Dimensions26.8 x 22.8 x 5.1 inches
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Item model number40-001
Item Package Quantity1
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Best Sellers Rank #18,235 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight43.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableNovember 8, 1999
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268 of 272 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2000
Absolutely no complaints about this table. It arrived in A1 condition, carefully packed. Assembly was simple thanks to both the clear instructions and the quality of the components. I doubt that constructing the table took much more than 15-20 minutes after reading the instructions.
The fence is a solid aluminium extrusion. Being a one-piece fence simplifies setting-up when working compared to some 2-piece fences. The sub fences adjust easily making zero clearance work straightforward.
The Lexan table insert supplied with the table has to be drilled and countersunk to accept whatever router you are using, which means a bit of care is required when aligning the centre of the router baseplate with the centre of the hole in the insert. Once this is done and the plate marked, the Lexan drills easily. The Lexan plate is fairly solid and shows no flexing when the router is attached (I use an ELU OF97E - now appearing as a European version of the Dewalt 621) and it works well. This router has the on/off trigger on one of the plunge handles on the opposite side of the router from the fine depth adjuster, which means it can be a bit hard to get hold of once the router is inverted in the cabinet. This can be addressed easily by putting a switch on the outside of the cabinet, if it proves a problem.
At 35lbs this table is portable enough to move around the shop as and when you need it. If I want to use the table I stand it on a Workmate and secure it with four spring clamps. This has provided plenty of stability and a comfortable working height whilst requiring minimal set-up time.
I looked at a lot of tables before reading about this one in a magazine review. I have seen nothing that comes close in terms of solid build and quality/robustness of fence for the price.
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132 of 136 people found the following review helpful By D. B. SLAGTER on November 19, 2005
I just bought the ProTop Contractor Router Table as a second table that I could set atop one of my workbenches in my woodshop at home. I figured "Hey, for a quick round over, or a second set-up in multi-step operation this would be great. I'm happy to say this has far exceeded my expectations. Allow me to brag-on for just a "bit" (no pun intended).

Why a small quality table even if you're NOT a contractor?


The price point of this unit is so attractive that I thought I'd be nuts to not have a second table. The only thing a serious home woodworker lacks is "multiple" machine setups like an industrial shop. I invested almost $1,700 in my first table with a sophisticated permanent lift, a sleek table with just the holes drilled for my router, and of course extremely well machined parts for accuracy with an awesome fence. All this is great, but it still needs to be setup for each and every operation, this takes time.


For many of us we have multiple routers, generally sitting in their cases until used. I thought this was just the reason to put one of them to better use.


A small table is more useful than I would have thought. I mean most of the time you're only routing smaller boards, rails, stiles, etc. These sizes are quite manageable on a small table, and I find myself using this little table more and more.


Fast, easy and accurate use. Let's be honest. It's nice to have the micro-fine adjustments of the higher end tables with a great lift. But, a good router today sells with an above-the-table adjustment tool. So it's entirely possible to get 1/64th adjustments with the turn of a $20 accessory!

So what impressed me the most about the ProTop unit?
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143 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Leon Berkowitz on December 16, 1999
The Pro Top arrived in excellent condition. Nothing lose, rubbing or parts missing. Assembly was easy as long as you follow directions. The individual components are of a very good quality. I tested the assembled unit using a Porter Cable model 6931 without any installation problem. I am impressed with the results and look forward to getting a lot of use from this invaluable addition to my growing workshop. Thank you folks at Bench Dog for a great design with exceptional features.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Spady on November 27, 2001
As an amateur woodworker, restoring a 1911 New York apartment and an 1890's farmhouse, I find this router table to be a perfect fit for my present skill and routing requirements. It is sturdy and heavy so that I don't have to clamp it to my table (but could if necessary), and light enough to store out of the way when I'm not using it and to transport back and forth between my two project areas. A further plus is the connection for a shop-vac which works very well and eliminates a lot of the clean-up necessary with my plunge-router.
Following the concise instructions, I assembled the table easily and quickly; it was probably a little over an hour, though I wasn't timing myself. The instruction booklet also contains some basic router tips as well as important safety information.
Suggestion: order the pre-drilled insert when ordering the table. I didn't and, lacking the proper tools (and patience) to drill the generic insert had to chomp at the bit until the pre-drilled insert arrived.
Three drawbacks, all minor and fixable (but the reason I give this table a 4 and not a 5):
1) To change a bit with my particular router (Porter-Cable 7518), I must remove the router and plate, from the top of the table (rather than the router from the base via the bottom). It's a little awkward and requires removing the two plate screws, but, on the plus side, it forces me to slow down and concentrate on changing the bit properly.
2) It is necessary to open the table door to turn the router on and off. This could be a safety problem, so it is probably a good idea to connect the router to a power strip so that the on/off button is close at hand.
3) The fancy European-style hinges that connect the door to the table are a royal pain. To be blunt, mine just don't work. Easy remedy: replace them with a simpler pair.
On balance, however, this table is exactly right for my needs-a very satisfactory purchase.
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