THANKS, YOU'VE BEEN GREAT HELP. AS SOON AS THE $ COMES IN, I'LL PROBABLY GET THE VERITAS. NOW FOR THE ROUTER, I MAY GO WITH THE FRUED SINCE IT'S CHEAPER AND NOBODY HAS ANY "VISES" BUT THE PORTER CABLE WOULD BE NICE.
Let us know if you find out anything interesting. I'm in the same market. I definetely want to park a 3 hp router in the table, and leave it there. PC is a hunk of machinery, but there is a wide range of prices and all have their fans. There was a review in Woodsmith several years ago (on their site now)--don't know how much is still true on current models. Have fun.
You can only get the Veritas router table from Lee Valley. As far as be skeptical of the sled -- don't. You'll find this table to be probably the best on the market for the home owner. Its well worth every penny and then some. I started out with building my own and trying other tables. One of those being the one put out by Rockler. Although a nice unit it doesn't come close to the Veritas. If you have a plunge router I highly recommend you order the bit jack at $68. Now I'm just talking from experiance. The choice is yours.
Today I made 26 rasied panels for raised panel doors for a kitchen on a Veritas router table. The fence did not come loose and I do not recall one ever coming loose.
As for the tool to adjust the fence, the only time you need a tool to adjust the fence is when you you are changing the distance between the two halves of the lower fence. Then all you need is a straight screwdriver and it is supplied with the router table fence. I made a holder for mine and attached it to the end of the router table stand.
Burt, thanks for the confirmation. Boy I sure wish I had time to make 26 panels. It seems like with two youngsters playing in the saw dust at my feet and one more on the way, my woodworking is done in spurts of 20 min.
Did you buy the table under the router and/or the floor cabinet? I assume it would be worth the while to just make that myself. I think they give plans with the top.? Also, what type of router did you put under it? Will a 2 HP work for the panels or will I need a 3? Thanks for your help.
I'm a full-time woodworker and I actually have 3 of the veritas tables. All are equipped with the Makita 3612C routers and and powerfeeders. Also I have the veritas bit jacks on the makitas. The bitjacks make adjustments precise and quick.
For cutting raised panels, I wouldn't consider anything less than a three horsepower varible speed router. I have found the Makita's to work very well. I'm a little leary of the Frued. I bought one of their smaller units and it just didn't perform up to standard.
As for a 2 horse router, the Bosche 1617evs is hard to beat but I don't recommend it for raised panels.