Hate to rain on the parade but this is not a fantastic tool accessory. An excellent tool or tool accessory allows you to focus on your work instead of the tool and should bring ease and or precision to the process. First of all this table will take some time to set up and even more time to adjust the side tables to be level and flush with the main table. Next you will note that the included miter quage is useless for any precision work (ie. any work with a router). It has significant play in its (very shallow) slot, so cuts will not be smooth or square. You cannot use your table saw miter guage either because the slot is not standard. Next you will find that the router attachment hardware is cumbersome and of questionable design. In the name of building a universal table Vermont American has designed a system of four metal clips which grip your router in a precarious way. As far as tightening goes, there are no ergonomic handles or wing nuts. You will be tightening the four screws with your socket wrench and a deep socket, or a crescent wrench. Since there is so much going on you will have to flip the entire table upside down to install or uninstall the router, which will be even less convenient if you have the fence installed, leading to my next gripe: the fence when removed leaves you with seven pieces to keep track of until you reinstall. There is nothing convenient or quick about this table. And one more thing- if you own a Porter-Cable plunge router, don't even think of buying this table. The clips hold your router in such a way as to bind its face- making the plunging action almost impossible. The power switch is a nice feature, and the fence is decent, but you can build a far better table in just a few hours, so don't bother with this.
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This router table turns your router into a stationary power tool. Until I purchased this table using a router was difficult. Now I am making crafts and furniture like a pro. Simply flip your router and mount it to the underside on this table and you are ready to go. If you have limited woodworking skills and are interested in making crafts or building furniture and you want the results that the pros get from their tools, I would recommend that you give this product a try!
I just purchased this router table, so I have not used it too much yet. However, I think this router table does a nice job. The slide out on the fence turns the router into a jointer...very useful. It took about an hour to setup, and its not the highest quality, but, for under $100, it will do the job for most weekend woodworkers.
I wasn't sure about purchasing the Vermont American Deluxe Router table because I'm just begining as a woodworker, but the new table made it so easy. Now I'm able to deal with complex shapes and create things I would have never even attempted before. I'm always looking for tools that make things easier, and if they make me look like I've been woodworking for years at the same time, it's even better. I think this is a product that's perfect for anyone, a beginner or a seasoned pro.
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