|Item Weight||43.2 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||26.8 x 22.8 x 5.1 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||40-001|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop Contractor Benchtop Router Table
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Make sure this fits by entering your model number.
- 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
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers also shopped for
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Compare with similar items
Kreg PRS3020 True-FLEX Featherboard, Pack of 2
Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Router Table Extension
Skil RAS900 Router Table
Kreg PRS1045 (KRS1035, PRS1025, PRS1015) Router Table with PRS3090 Caster, PRS3020 True-Flex, PRS3100 Router Table Switch, PRS3400 Set-Up Bars, and KRS7850 Router Table Stop
Kreg PRS2100 Bench Top Router Table with Essential Accessories
Exclusively for Prime members
|FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping|
|Sold By||—||Amazon.com||Rockler Woodworking and Hardware||Amazon.com||aSavings||aSavings|
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Although this is an expensive table, you do get what you pay for, and through use likely come to appreciate the features. The build quality is top tier in all respects. The wood parts appear to be high ply count pre-finished Baltic birch, with all parts perfectly machined. The feet work to dampen vibrations, and there is a cord outlet on the back. The mounting system for the plate allows for a very precise level of adjustment, with an array of set screws around the perimeter of insert to make sure it is exactly flush with the table at all points. This is something that is generally not available on simpler table designs, and rather difficult to incorporate on shop made options. The main table top is quality as well, with excellent fit and finish, with a standard 3/4" miter slot running along the front edge. The insert is set up to accept most popular routers; I have used it with Dewalt and Porter Cable models.
The fence is also very nice, with tool free adjustable sliding MDF inserts to close in around the bit, a T slot at the top for accessories, and tool free hold downs for moving it around the table top. The fence also has a built in 2 1/2" dust extraction port, which in my experience is about 85% effective when attached to my dust collection system. Running the table with no dust collection is extremely messy, as shavings will fill the inside of the cabinet as well as be expelled from the collection port about 2' out if the fence is attached. This is probably the only aspect that is a negative when using the table. There is an obvious temptation to use the lower cabinet as storage since there is a lot of space in there, but it will inevitably fill with sawdust and cleaning it out if there are items in it is not ideal; I have just resorted to leaving it empty.
Overall I remain completely satisfied with the choice to get this, though I would concede it is not a necessity item by any means as there are other router setups that will be entirely effective at a lower price point.
#1 Pricepoint – Fell within my target budget.
#2 Portability – I needed something I can move around and store in my garage workshop
#3 Amazon Customer Reviews – Remain consistent and sincere. There’s always the few that are dissatisfied but the vast majority endorse this product well. THANK YOU FOR PLACING YOUR EVALUATIONS!!! They weighed heavily in my decision. I came quite close to purchasing a Bosch Router Table but because of all the negative comments on warping tabletops I steered myself towards the Benchdog.
I own four (4) routers but this is my first router table. My experience is “novice” which I hope to expand to a greater level in the near future. Based on this my evaluation may be less focused than those with a greater knowledge and experience using a router table.
Features I LIKE about the ProTop Contractor:
#1 Solid Construction – The majority of the unit (with the exception of the table top) is made from 12-layer Baltic plywood and is nicely finished. The unit assembles tightly and is a “solid” workstation when complete.
#2 Adjustability of the fence & face boards, dust collection, and miter gauge track. Great flexibility for fine-tuning.
#3 The insert plate accepted my Porter Cable 690 perfectly. The instructions indicated which holes to use for mounting. Saved some time in manipulation of the router to determine proper alignment.
Features I DISLIKE about the ProTop Contractor:
#1 Assembly Instructions – Instructions have lack of detail. Despite the narrative identifying the proper screw/fastener to use (2 of which are incorrect!), It would be far more user-friendly if Benchdog provided insets in the instructions of the connection details which contain the proper fasteners. Take your time and use common sense when assembling the unit.
#2 Router Insert Plate & Alignment – The Insert Plate is a “phenolic type” material and lacks rigidity. It bows easily when the attachment screws are adjusted and takes some time to get it properly leveled. I still am not completely happy with the final adjustments. I feel this product should have had a more rigid aluminum insert plate included in the design. I will purchase a replacement insert from Rockler in the next few months.
The insert plate leveling system is good; there are locking bolts which hold the eight (8) adjustment screws in place once properly aligned. The problem is the adjustment screws are only located on the sides of the insert plate and not in the middle of the top/bottom. Because of this design anomaly, the plate is unsupported at its weakest location, the middle. Another reason to purchase an aluminum insert.
#3 As mentioned in previous Customer Comments it’s somewhat of an inconvenience to open the unit to turn the router on/off. Other buyers recommended that a separate external safety on/off switch be purchased and installed to overcome this inconvenience. I purchased the Rockler Safety Power Tool Switch when I purchased my Benchdog Router Table. I cut a hole in the vertical side (right) of router table and installed the switch with minimal external protrusion. There’s plenty of room on the inside of the table to accommodate the switchbox. Works and looks great and it's so much easier to turn the unit on & off not to mention the safety feature it now offers. Thanks again for those recommendations in your comments. I’d highly recommend future Buyers do the same.
#4 There are a lot extra fasteners left over after you complete the assembly. It makes you doubt whether you did everything correctly. After I completed assembly I methodically went through the instructions step-by-step to ensure I had assembled everything correctly. I did. There’s just a lot of extra assembly hardware.
Despite the greater amount of ‘negatives’ than ‘positives’ here, overall I give this product high marks. It is a “Solid” product and fulfills my needs perfectly while fitting nicely on my storage shelf in the garage.. I may add add’l comments as I grow my knowledge and experience in using the table.
Assembly was more effort than I had expected. The instructions are succinct. Sufficient information is given to assemble the table, but there are not a lot of pictures for reference and I found myself making a few mistakes for brief periods. All of the mistakes were reversible (I started bolting the wrong parts together, ...) within a few minutes. I did reference the parts list quite a bit to ensure I was using the correct bolts, ... I would guess it took me two hours to assemble.
The biggest downside I see to this unit it that the router is enclosed in a box. It says in the instructions "To prevent router overheating periodically open the cabinet door during use, and never let dust and debris collect inside the cabinet. Always use a vacuum at the fence mounted dust port. For extended operation you must install a dust port in the cabinet or remove the door during operation.". Ok, so this unit is built really nice, with a high quality and well finished plywood enclosure and there is this warning about potentially damaging my router? The fix for me would be to cut into the enclosure and add a dust port. Why didn't dust dog include an extra port? If they had I would have given them 5 starts!
I would still recommend this unit, just recognize the 2nd dust port issue if, like me, you buy high quality tools and like to take good care of them.