The Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table provides a premium large work surface for woodworking and routing. Designed to fit a variety of routers and able to mount on any workbench, this router table is a versatile piece of equipment that will serve as an indispensable part of any woodworking shop. And its 2-1/2 in. dust collection port offers better dust collection for a healthier work environment. The large aluminum top makes the table both durable and portable.
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93%of customersrecommend this product68 of 73reviews
Rating Breakdown76 reviews
93%of customersrecommend this product68 of 73reviews
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 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.
The Bosch router table met all my expectations. It was easy to assemble, and leveling the router plate took a little time but was easy. I have completed a few projects with the router table, and I am very pleased. The table is easy to use. The table is also easy to keep clean.
I am very happy with the Bosch router table, and my only regret was not buying it sooner.
Poor quality of metal parts - Disappointing quality for a Bosch product.
PostedFebruary 5, 2015
No, I do not recommend this product.
The attachment of the plate that supports the router to the main table does not have a precise fit. Instead of machining the plate to properly fit to the table , 8 screws need to be adjusted to level it on the same plane as the table. Poor quality of machining. The edges are uneven and deburred by hand, which looks cheap. Overall, it seems to be a cheap (probably Chinese) table with a Bosch label on it.
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 $900 Rockler "Superduper, do it all, digial, I want to be Norm Abram" version.
The table took a couple of hours to put together but the instructions are clear. I installed the Bosch 1617 2.25a router in this table. I am new to routers, but this appears to be a good combination. As the instructions state, the table should be secured by the front legs to a workbench or something sturdy, as it will tend to tip over backwords when routing larger pieces (found out by experience).
I bought this after a week of reading different reviews. It's a good value for the cost. Not to tricky to put together. I bought this not realizing that Rigid routers were not listed as "compatible" with the Bosch plate. Turns out it is compatible (Rigid 2hp 1/2 inch). The plate did't take me that long to level. "You must do this to cut reliable results." Don't rely on measurement markings on table, they are only good for making sure the guard is true. Instead, I use a square for depth and a test piece for height. The only design flaw I have seen is in the right side of the plastic base. I had to notch out some of the base so the adjustable guide could be easily removed.
Product is good, once you wax the table with some furniture paste.
Resolution of measuring lines could be greater- only marks every 8th of an inch. Makes it hard to get the fence perfectly straight.
Could use one additional throat piece. Currently there are three, which seem to range from small (good for 1/2 or below bits), large- good for bits up to 2", very large (up to 2 1/2, and no throat piece.
When using medium size bits, a lot of sawdust tends to fall down into the router.
I like the 3 1/2 inch opening, but when using a raised panel bit, a lot of sawdust tends to fall down into the router.
Overall, I'm much happier with this than the 99$ 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.
Set up for this table is detailed but easy. It took a while to set up due to adjusting the base. I gave it a four because the table top is aluminum. It is heavy duty and stable but it marks the wood the fence works well and the sacrificial plates help save your bits. I am a beginning woodworker so I bought this one. It works well. The next routing table I have, I will build.
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.