3 Reasons To Add a Router Table to Your Woodworking Setup

As a passionate woodworker, having the best tools in your workshop helps you craft incredible pieces that stand out. Of the many gadgets you must choose from, a router table is a must-have for every woodworking enthusiast. This versatile addition to your woodworking setup can significantly improve the accuracy of your work, boost safety measures, and maintain a clean workspace. Let’s explore the reasons for adding a router table to your woodworking setup.

Increased Precision and Accuracy

When you work with wood, every cut you make can impact the outcome of your project. When you have a quality router table at your disposal, you can achieve this level of precision with relative ease compared to what you’d achieve with handheld routers. The router table provides a stable and secure surface to work on, ensuring that your cuts are smooth and consistent.

Increasing accuracy allows you to create intricate designs and shapes that would be challenging to achieve with a handheld router. This is because, with a router table, you work the wood around the machine, not the other way around.

Improved Safety Measures

Safety should always be a top priority in any woodworking project. When working with a router, there’s always the risk of kickback or accidentally cutting yourself. However, with a router table, you can significantly minimize these risks because both hands can hold the wood down and stay away from the sharp edges of the cutting tool.

Additionally, many router tables have safety features such as fences and guards that can further increase safety measures. This enables you to focus on the task without worrying about accidents.

Keep Your Workspace Clean

The final reason to add a router table to your woodworking setup is to keep the space clean. Cutting and carving wood often leads to piles of sawdust, which can leave your workspace looking unsightly. Modern router tables often come equipped with integrated dust collection systems. With a dust collector, you can easily capture the wood shavings and dust as you work, keeping your workspace debris-free.

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11 Responses

  1. I’m planning on buying your RS1000 Pro. What is the best table to purchase to mount this onto? Which router is best to purchase to run this?
    Thanks, Leon

    1. Hi Leon, We designed it around the KREG Router table as that is what we use in house and have been very happy with them. Rocker tables are good as well but you will need to modify the opening, they are very popular and we did design a template for adapting to them. We would recommends the Bosch 1617EVS –

      1. I just bought the Shark RS1000 Pro. While the included apps are very useful, the ability to save favorites is an interesting feature as well. Unfortunately, the manual doesn’t provide much information or instructions on how to take advantage of this capability. Is there any additional information available on how to use this feature?



        1. Hi Mike,
          As of now we do not have a lot on that feature, we developed it for use in our manufacturing of CNC’s, we had multiple rabbets and edge cuts that we constantly used so when we repeated a cut on the same sized material we didn’t need the operator to go through the app for each change. We could tell them to do a cut with 1 then 2 then 3 – etc

  2. Will the RS1000 Pro have any issues working in hot or cold temperatures? I live in Goodyear, AZ. and have an insulated, but not climate controlled shop that could get from 40 to 110 degrees Fairinhite during the year. Thank you

  3. I am going to purchase a RS1000 Pro. If I order from you, and register the machine, will I receive free the miter gauge set? Can I also purchase the post from you that you show in the videos? Leon

    1. Harry, the power supply does convert to 220v, you would need a a common cord for your region and a motor only router with a 3.5″ (88.9 mm) motor diameter. We are not set up to ship internationally, however one of our retailers Grizzly is and does so regularly. http://www.grizzly.com

  4. I’m setting up my new RS1000 Pro and ordered the Treadle switch from you, but can’t figure out where to plug it in. Also, do I need 1 outlet for the Ac/Dc adapter and a seperate for the router, or tie them together with an adapter? If I can’t use the Treadle switch, do a person order a on/off switch to be bolted on the front/ side of the table rather than reaching under to the router each time? Leon Sabelka

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