The Bosch Benchtop Router Table was designed to fit a variety of routers and able to be mounted on any workbench. This router table is a versatile piece that serves as an indispensable part of any woodworking shop. Its 2-1/2 in. dust collection port offers better dust collection for a healthier work environment. The port fits standard 2-1/2 in. vacuum hoses.
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94%of customersrecommend this product75 of 80reviews
Rating Breakdown83 reviews
94%of customersrecommend this product75 of 80reviews
Easy to assemble. Most time will be spent on leveling the table. Table is aluminum and should last way beyond the MDF style tops . As others have said, switch assembly is a little chintzy. No down grade for this since I have always used a foot switch when using a router table. Much safer. While access to the lower shaft nut can be made from the back, and the collet nut from the top, offset wrenches will ease the task. The Bosch wrenches are "pot-of-stock". Specialty woodcraft stores do sell these at $20 each. They're top-of-the-line quality and worth the price if you're a pro of heavy user. I'm waiting for the Bosch wrenches to come in.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
I've had this router table for about a month now, and I would say that it is a decent general purpose router talbel that is adequate for non-critical woodworking. There are a couple of issues with this router table, however. The first is that some of the locking knobs don't tighten down very well, as on the fence and the feather boards. There were a couple of times when routing a board, the fence would move a little bit on me. The feather boards also need constant tightening when running boards through. The other issue I have with this table is that the cast aluminum table top is not perfectly flat. There is a "hump" in the exact middle of the table, which presents a problem in some critical work like cabinet door making. For most other general purpose woodworking, this router table is fine for the price I paid for it. Plus is is very portable.
I have been using this router table for several years. I had no problems with the assembly. I've read reviews on problems leveling the router plate, news flash - the router plates on all brands of router tables are time-consuming to level. I mounted the table on a movable tool stand. There are no table extensions available from Bosch, but you can make your own and mount them if desired.
The frame and top are strong and sturdy. I was able to attach a Craftsman 2.25hp router to the table without a problem and it looks like the router mounting holes are adequate for quite a few other makes/models. I find the position of the power switch convenient and allows me to turn off the router without taking my eyes off the table. The dust collection port behind the fence is adequate but dust does blow out the table grooves under the fence (I use a powerful shop-wide dust collection system and it still blows out). The back edge of the table does make it difficult (but not impossible) to attached a hose to a dust collection port on a router. They provide a nice set of insert rings to cover just about any size bit - they are plastic but adequate for general router operations.
As mentioned in some other reviews, the fence can move even when the locking screws are tightened. I get around this problem by installing bolts behind the fence to prevent movement, but that adds to setup time. I occasionally have problems with the featherboards moving (height and/or location).
There is no miter provided nor does Bosch offer one. I bought an after-market precision miter that is adjustable to the miter groove size.
The router plate is not a standard size. This isn't a problem unless you want to upgrade to a router lift. The Bosch router table plate is 9-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 3/8". Most router lift table plates (Incra, Woodpeckers, JessEm, Kreg) are made to fit a 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" opening and no after-market plates fit the Bosch table. Bosch does make an attachment that bolts to the table (RA1165) to allow height adjustment from the top but it is limited by what routers it will accept. Over time, you are going to wish you could adjust router height from the top.
I highly recommend this table for general routing tasks but not for tolerance-critical tasks such as making raised panel doors.
I just bought the table today and have a few comments. Commpared to the Ryobi Tables this one is far superior.
The Feather boards are sterdy and strong.
The plastic base looks cheap but is very stiff. My opinion having a large base to mount to a table beats the four point sheetmetal legs.
Took me 1hr to assemble and I consider myself to be very mechanial, just a lot of hardware. Router plate is very strong and takes a few minutes to level up.
The on off switch is small but in a beter location than the Ryobi. A very clever design.
The Brush steel top is very corse and has alot of mass.
The fense is made of an anodize extruded aluminum that is far superior to the Ryobi.
It comes with a side comparment that stores all the extra hardware and most accesories.
I would recommend this for the woodworker that wants something better than the a cheap "good value, good enough" version and the $900 Rockler "Superduper, do it all, digial, I want to be Norm Abram" version.
The table took a couple of hours to put together but the instructions are clear. I installed the Bosch 1617 2.25a router in this table. I am new to routers, but this appears to be a good combination. As the instructions state, the table should be secured by the front legs to a workbench or something sturdy, as it will tend to tip over backwords when routing larger pieces (found out by experience).
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy
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Review 7 for Benchtop Router Table
A little getting used to but overall good product.
I bought this after a week of reading different reviews. It's a good value for the cost. Not to tricky to put together. I bought this not realizing that Rigid routers were not listed as "compatible" with the Bosch plate. Turns out it is compatible (Rigid 2hp 1/2 inch). The plate did't take me that long to level. "You must do this to cut reliable results." Don't rely on measurement markings on table, they are only good for making sure the guard is true. Instead, I use a square for depth and a test piece for height. The only design flaw I have seen is in the right side of the plastic base. I had to notch out some of the base so the adjustable guide could be easily removed.
Product is good, once you wax the table with some furniture paste.
Resolution of measuring lines could be greater- only marks every 8th of an inch. Makes it hard to get the fence perfectly straight.
Could use one additional throat piece. Currently there are three, which seem to range from small (good for 1/2 or below bits), large- good for bits up to 2", very large (up to 2 1/2, and no throat piece.
When using medium size bits, a lot of sawdust tends to fall down into the router.
I like the 3 1/2 inch opening, but when using a raised panel bit, a lot of sawdust tends to fall down into the router.
Overall, I'm much happier with this than the 99$ router table that is also offered.
There is only one shortcoming. The attachment of a Bosch router to the many-holed mounting plate was much less than easy in determining which screws and holes to use. One would think that this would be more clearly explained per router model, and MARKED on the aluminum mounting plate. It was the most lengthy part of the assembly, and I am not sure even now that it is right. Even still, It is a great little table, and I am getting the kinks figured out.
I am quite satisfied with this purchase so far. I think it is a good product for the price. The construction quality is good and it is capable of a lot of adjustment. I do need to find a product to apply to the table face as the material does not slide very easily. I have a Milwaukee router that I attached to the table and I could not find anywhere that would tell me if my model would fit the table before I purchased it. In the end it did fit and the instruction manual does have my router listed in it but that would have been nice to find before I ordered it and sweated until I found out it would fit.
Ordering & delivery perfect. Packaging intact. Seems solid. Nice sized table. My Porter Cable 891 fit easily. The inset table has 8 leveling screws - doing all 8 at once is wrestling an octopus. Level with only the 4 corners in then remove the screws noting the corner they are in. Then level with only the 4 middle screws. Put the 4 corners back in and you should be good to go.
Purchased because I have a ton of cabinet doors to make and my old router table was very entry-level. This table assembled easily and feels sturdy and well contructed. It accepted my PC router without modification. I does take time to line-up all the fences and fingers for setup, but I can't see how you could simplify it further without compromising prescision. I've already run a bunch of stock through it and I am very happy with the results. This unit fills the gap nicely between the $100 tables and the $500+ pro tables. Two minor things of concern, the tool storage compartment on the side is flimsy and doesn't lock in place well, and for the same price a miter guide should have been included. Making it available for show and touch at the local HD wouldn't hurt either. Overall I can definitely recommend this unit for anyone who is trying to step-up their quality/quantity product.
Easy assembly with all the parts included. Make sure you have a compatible router or you will need an adapter base. I replaced a large router table with a precision fence that was more than I needed at this time. This is good for basic routing needs.
Fairly sturdy. Table is nice and flat. After careful adjustment, the router plate fits nice and flush.
(When moving it around, be careful not to dislodge the cover of the "storage area" on the side of the unit.)
Delivery was on time and in good condition. Assembly was not difficult but as others have pointed out, only specific routers will fit the faceplate. I purchased a Porter-Cable that has a lift tool as optional. Used a drill press to easily make the necessary holes in the faceplate and it works great. Still need to build a permanent table to mount table but initial experience is a great table for the price.
I bought this to go with the Bosch router I purchased thinking it'd be best for compatibility and being Bosch, I thought it'd be pretty awesome, like the router. The reality is there's a lot of plastic involved. I'm sure the legs are plenty sturdy but they feel wrong. As far as price goes, it's seems to be among the cheaper options. In retrospect I wish I just made myself a router table but if you don't have the wherewithal to do that then this is a fine router table. I have a feeling I'll be selling this in a year or so.