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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94%of customersrecommend this product59 of 63reviews
Rating Breakdown66 reviews
94%of customersrecommend this product59 of 63reviews
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 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.
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.
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 8 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.
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Review 9 for Benchtop Router Table
Much better than the other versions available here
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.
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.
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.)
Took a little time to assemble.. lots of pieces and parts, but finished product is very sturdy. I did have to buy a stand to mount it on, and used a couple of pieces of thick scrap boards to go on the stand for it to sit on, but it worked out well, although the finished product is a little high (but that's not the router table's fault). Have already cut my own finish trim from clear pine boards (had to use a table saw for some of it, but wife is very happy with result. We had a 38"x84" front entrance door that was ancient and leaky. Got a custom 36"x83" door from the same place I bought the router table, and used the router to custom make trim boards to meet the existing trim so it looks like the original. Had to use a little wood fill and caulk as the existing trim was not in the greatest shape (house was built in 1896.. don't know if the trim is that old, but it's certainly been around for awhile...) This is my first 'serious' router table, and so far it's been relatively easy to figure out how to make the adjustments to get the results I was looking for. I also have a Bosch table saw to complement the router table (not a Bosch router, though.. I used a cheap Ryobi that I got barely used from my painter for $30 - other than being a little difficult to adjust the height of the router bit, it works great). I'm by no means an expert, or even really good at woodworking, but I'm very happy with the results I've achieved. And more importantly, so is my wife!
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.
Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
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Review 19 for Benchtop Router Table
great product I love my table, fast shipping, great job HomeDepot
So far it has worked for me but has been light duty so far on small pieces so I have not even bolted it down. May not be the safest I know. Not sure how well the inserts will be as they snap in HARD and difficult to change. I expect to break off the plastic fingers on removal. The front panel makes it difficult to remove bits with the wrenches but height adjustment can be done from the top deck. I need to wax or even highly buff the top as the aluminum top has drag. Still not a bad unit as I learn to adjust to it.
Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight