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Dremel 231 Shaper/Router Table
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240 of 246 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 6, 2007
This is a valuable accessory for your Dremel tool, but it does have some limitations you need to recognize and live within.

It's good at cutting dadoes and doing edging, but not in hard woods. Rotary tools work at high speed, but with low torque. They just cannot churn their way through something like oak. Even with soft woods, it's best to make deep cuts in several shallow passes.

Deep cuts will generate considerable sawdust, which falls down into the tool. I can see that this could damage the tool over time. I deal with this issue by using my regular router for extensive dust-generating work. Again, you need to live within the limitations of your tool.

As with all rotary tool operations, sharp bits are essential. The high-speed, low-torque operation means that they, in effect, shave material away, much like a dentist's drill. If you try to just grind away, the tool will bog down and/or the bits will dull quickly. Unfortunately, the best Dremel brand router bits are VERY expensive. Cheap Brand-X bits work OK, but they wear out quickly. Dremel-brand bits last longer, but they're much more expensive. There's a line somewhere, and you'll have to judge for yourself where it is.

The router table itself is solid, well-designed, and easy to use. It seems to work best if you screw it to a piece of wood or MDF, then clamp that to your workbench or sawhorse.

To me, this accessory is worth the cost, but it does have limitations that you need to consider. I'm glad I bought it, and I'd do it again.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2000
I have been using this for quite a while, and at times, it is a lot easier to use this, to dadoes for small items on soft wood like boxes. I used it to make some boxes out of pire and I used it to do edge work and make dadoes. This is my coolest acessory for the dremel with my wood bit set.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2007
product is a good addition to my dremel collection. ONE WARNING: tool models 400 and 800 require a special adaptor! Dremel corp will send you one at their expense-you just need to call them. other than that the accessory rocks!
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81 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2004
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I'd stay away from this one until the design flaws are fixed. Tons of sawdust from the piece you're working on will fall into your tool and render it useless. I've killed two Dremels, and got maybe a grand total of 5 minutes use out of the table.
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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2006
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It's good for edging and such. But it is no good for cutting groves or if you want to square up a piece to trim an edge. The dremel tool mount flexes too much and you end up with a really sloppy cut. Use the router attachment and make your own table. Do not buy this. Shame on you Dremel. I've seen better tools from Playschool.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2007
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This is an excellent mini router table for scale model making. I use it for building architectural models and it is a great addition to my 6x4 workshop. It works perfectly fine. If you're going to use this table with Dremel 400, you need an adapter. Just call Dremel customer service and get one for free.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2013
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At what point does a company decide that damaging its reputation with cheaply made accessories like this just isn't worth it? Dremel certainly hasn't reached that point, yet.
As I opened the shipping box I found the box for the Dremel Router Table 231 wide open. OK, as I removed the router I could readily see scratches all over this all plastic router (like it had already been used or that it was just poorly made), the clear plastic pieces had a yellowed hue and were also scratched, and the plastic seams looked like someone used their finger to mush it together (really Dremel?). Just like the thumb screws, the knurled screw is also cheap plastic but here it was painted to look like metal (that is just so pathetic isn't it)!
Well I wanted to be fair about this and to not just react to what may end up being only cosmetic issues so I gave it a dry run. Unfortunately, I quickly noticed the cheap plastic screws were already loosening from a little vibration. Also that the overall construction let the Dremel wobble, which would suggest that you'll have a hard time making any straight lines and accurate cuts. Even the darn stickers and Dremel's name tag were put on crooked, bent, & were hanging half off. While this detail doesn't affect functionality it does speak to the overall shoddy production value & lack of any real Quality Control measures in place. C'mon Dremel you used to be so good!!!
Bottom line: Don't waste your money on this shoddy POS! I'm going to follow the advice of another reviewer & return it and go buy a quality made product, even if it ends up at 2-3x the cost. The suggestion: Stewmac Precision Router at [...]
Good luck with this one folks.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
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The Dremel Shaper/Router is a nice attachment but lacks stability in the rotary tool mount which has too much flex to make good clean cuts. I purchased this to mainly make rabbit joints, box joints, and dado cuts in building doll furniture. My first test was a 1/8" deep by 1/4" wide rabbit joint using the 1/4" straight router bit following the instructions for speed and depth of cut for hardwood. At several points the rotary tool grabed the wood and the tool flexed creating several unwanted dips in the cut. I have yet to purchase other router bits but I don't expect much as far as good quality cuts until I can get the flex problem solved.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2006
I got this some time ago and use it with the 400 XPR (adapter necessary). I have used it mostly for edging. Works great for edging.

It lacks in performance for routing out keyholes and slots. Slots I found it necessary to do them a little at a time; start at a low depth and after each sweep raise the depth of the cut a little more until you have the depth you want.

As for keyholes, just about forget it; it's too jumpy. I use another tool I have for keyholes.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2010
I wish I didn't have to make such a vicious statement, but this thing really is poorly-constructed junk. The tool mount flexes too much to guarantee any accuracy in your work. What's worse, on the one I had the tool didn't even mount centered in the hole - preventing me from ever using any wide router or sanding bits without damaging the plastic of the table itself.

If there were an adjustment - a pair of slots of some sort - to which I could center the tool properly, I would have kept the table and given two or three stars. At least it would have been somewhat useful to me. I just don't see how a plastic molded part can get this wrong, and for that I returned it.

I don't expect too much from a rotary tool system like this, the quality is cheap and you get what you pay for - but this is ridiculous.
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