Router Table Top with Fence
U-Turn Lift compatible!
The MLCS Router Table Top includes a heavy, white melamine Router Table Top, a high Split Fence and your choice of Router Insert Plates, plus lots of features! The router plate insert opening in the top measures 12-3/32" x 9-1/32".
12-3/32" x 9-1/32" Router Inserts with removable rings that allow 3 different size openings (more information here). There is also a "No Plate" option (#9774).
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By Alex David (Columbia MA US)
I needed to buy a new router table once I discovered that my old table had grooves in the top which interfered with the process of routing lock miter joints when you pass work vertically through the cutter. I have now used the table and fence to do this, and I am pleased with what I was able to do. The key feature that I had not properly appreciated is the ability to remove the insert with the router attached to it. This allowed me to get the lock miter cutter adjusted precisely to the correct height on my workbench, instead of having to go through cycles of adjustment while it was set on the router and awkward to handle. Based on some of the other reviews, I purchased the aluminum insert, and was able to drill the mounting holes for my router successfully. So far I have only a couple of points where the table comes up short: the hole in the insert is too small for my MLCS 3.25 inch diameter raised panel cutter, and like one of the other reviewers, I'm already seeing small chips in the surface where the set screws come in contact with the top when inserting/removing the insert.
By Terry Lyon (Brooksville FL US)
I think the table is a very good piece of work but so far I'm totally disappointed with the fence. The outfeed adjustable fence and the infeed fence are not co-planer resulting in a hang-up in feeding stock seamlessly thru the cut. So far I haven't been able to shim this problem away which is deadly when trying to feed vertical stock to produce tails on a tailboard. Thank goodness I used scrap stock to try the table out. The overall fence is not square with the Table either but this problem can be corrected with shims. It would help if the T-tracks were glued in. The 1/2 in. #4 screws attaching the tracks to MDF just don't cut it.
By John Bell ( CA US)
Iíve had my table for over a year now and it has been fairly good. I may replace the Phenolic insert to aluminum because I leave the motor in all the time and I have noticed that itís starting to get bowl shaped.
I like the fence, but my biggest gripe is why the heck did they use 12-3/32" x 9-1/32" for the Insert size? I only recently decided I wanted to add a lift, but with that size I only have one choice, "U-Turn". I canít use the MLCS "U-Turn" Router Lift because I built a custom cabinet with drawers and the crank handle is on the side which would go right through the drawer.
The table was worth the money, but Iím very disappointed in the nonstandard dimensions. At the time I wasnít interest in a lift, but I would not have bought the table had I known.
MLCS NOTE: There are a variety of plate sizes n use by various manufacturers and there really is not an industry "standard."
By John Foore (Hanahan SC US)
I purchased the table top with phenolic insert and heavy duty stand. Compared to other tables it is a pretty good deal. It has a large table top, tall fence and adjusts easily. The table has eight threaded inserts on the bottom for mounting, unfortunately they are too far apart for the heavy duty stand. The stand came with four small wood screws for mounting, but I fear they won't hold long in the MDF. The fence and plate aren't perfectly true, resulting in a "catch" on the left fence and a couple of points on the plate/table. I was able to adjust the fence by adding a couple of strips of tape behind the right side of the fence. A micro chamfer (maybe a touch of sandpaper) on the edges of the fence, plate and table would probably help. With careful set up and use this tool can provide excellent performance.
I'm an intermediate level woodworker.
By Dennis (Clearfield Ut US)
By Sharon Wells (Spingdale Ar US)
I bought the heavy duty table top last summer. I been happy with it but I've started to notice that the table top is beginning to chip round the router's metal insert.(This is related to raising the insert to change the router bits.) I feel this area needs beefing up to increase the integrity of the table top.
By Peter Meadowsong (Palermo CA US)
I purchased the table through Amazon. Shipped within a day and arrived within a week. With free shipping a real bargain for what you get--a quality table. Took a bit of clever jiggering to fit my workhorse makita to the plate and the top to my homemade base, but once together has given me an easy set-up, solid router table.
By Carson DeMille (Richfield UT US)
The table is very nice and heavy duty. However, there are a few things that I do not think are top quality. First, the fence I received was not square. It was off by about 0.0625" to 0.03125" depending on where you measured. MLCS was good to work with and they sent me a new one right away. However, the 2nd fence was about 0.03125" out of square also. They recommended using tape to square it up. I used the tape and am fine with the fix. Then they told me that they only guaranteed a 1 degree tolerance on the fence. However, I disagree with the 1 degree tolerance. The website clearly states a tolerance of 0.01" to square, not 1 degree. That is a big difference. A 1 degree tolerance equates to more like a 0.06" tolerance. I let them know of this but they did not reply. My second dislike is the t-tracks on the fence. They obviously fit the t-bolts that come with the table, but do not fit standard t-bolts used on featherboards sold by popular manufacturers such as Rockler. My last comment is about the phenolic plate. It comes concaved to counter the weight of the router and supposedly sit flush when the router is installed. I installed a 2 1/4 HP router and the plate did not sink down to flush all the way. It still sits up a little. Because of this, when I run a board across it, it deflects down when I push hard enough and makes a slightly uneven cut. This isn't too bad to work around though. I would have considered the aluminum plate, but the opening is not large enough for some raised panel bits. If you don't use raised panel bits, get the aluminum plate for sure. Its not worth saving a few bucks. Overall, for the sale price going on right now, I think it is still worth it. You get more for your money than comparable tables. I would have given it a 3 1/2 stars if I could. They just need to be more accurate or forthcoming in their description on fence accuracy.
By Mike Kleinhenz (Fisherville Fi US)
I looked a long time at Router tables, and fence combinations before I bought this one.This is a very well put together table and fence for the price. It is very heavy and appears that it will last a long time. I purchased mine with the aluminum insert and the fit with the table is excellent. The instructions for the plate drilling is very vague, you will almost have to sit the router on the place to find the hole centers for your router.
By Charles Buckmaster (Wake Forest NC )
I recently received this table top and fence. It is very well made and it is very heavy. I made a cabinet that I saw in Wood Magazine that works great with this top. I did have a problem with the fence, the aluminum angle was not square, but I believe it was due to shipping damage. I worked with Mike in MLCS's Technical Support department and was very impressed with the way they handled my issue. I had a new piece of angle in a couple of days, and it was perfectly square. This router table is a very nice addition to my shop. I will be dealing with MLCS in the future. Thanks Mike for all your help.
By Greg Cundiff (Crab Orchard KY US)
I would give this table and fence 10 stars, very well put together, I was leary when ordering, I was afraid this would be one of those little flimsy tables. Wow was I happily surprised when the UPS driver had trouble carrying it. I also bought the stand, was going to build a cabinet for this table, think I may wait awhile now. OUTSTANDING!!! Thanks a million MLCS!
By Warren W. Aafedt (Easley So US)
I purchased the router top with phenolic insert about 4 years ago. I used a Freud 3 1/2 HP router and never had any deflection. Using the tapes on each side, the fence is very easy to adjust and very accurate. It was necessary for us to move 2 years ago and like an idiot, I sold my router table and top. Now that I am re-established in SC, I will order another top very soon. Very good piece of equipment for the money..
By Mike Heath (Southport NC US)
I bought this router table with the phenolic insert (my second mistake) and the stand (my third mistake). The insert deflects noticably resulting in uneven cuts. It addition I have been unable to identify an annoying catch point that catches my stock as I feed it past the router bit. The fence is bulky and difficult to adjust and has warped in the six months that I have owned the top. The melamine on the fence has begun to chip on the edges. The frame is flimsy with no corner supports, causing it to move around if any strain is put on the table. The best thing that can be said for this router table top and stand is that it has motivated me to build by own router cabinet and top at the soonest possible moment.
By Ardan Huck (Racine WI US)
This is a quality table top, very sturdy, well built with T-Track that really adds a lot of functionality to the router.
I also purchased some featherboards to mount to the T-Track that make this table work very well.
The fence and the dust port work very well.
The knobs for adjusting the fence make it very easy to make fence adjustments and hold it very firmly in place.
I am very happy with this table.