In this guide we’ll look at the best router tables for the UK market.
We’ve compared construction material, table size, router size and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Router Table for the UK Market?
More Detailed Router Table Reviews
Lumberjack Tools RT1500 Bench Top Router Table Review
The Lumberjack RT1500 Bench Top Router Table includes a 1,500 Watt bench-top router, making it the perfect tool for setting up and working on a variety of woodworking projects.
The Lumberjack router table measures 597 mm x 457 mm and is ready to use. Again there is no need to fit a separate router. This high-powered router features variable speed, is suitable for use with ½” and ¼” router cutters and both size collets are included.
The router table includes an adjustable pressed steel and plastic fence. The set includes 3 feather boards to hold your work securely in place as well as a mitre guard and guard assembly.
The Lumberjack router table is a superb piece of kit if you are looking for a router table that is reasonably priced and easy to set up. No additional purchase of a router is required.
Trend CRT/MK3 Craft Pro Router Table Review
The Trend CRT/MK3 Craft Pro Router Table for Joinery offers a sturdy and versatile router table suitable for use with 1/4″ and 1/2″ Trend routers.
This bench-top router table has a laminated MDF tabletop measuring 610 mm x 405 mm x 26 mm. This is supported by a robust steel frame. The legs are also very sturdy and have rubberised adjustable feet for levelling, stability and to reduce vibration. The 6.35 mm aluminium insert plate has a 98 mm diameter aperture for cutters. Also supplied are 31.8 mm and 67.5 mm reducing rings. The Trend router table also features an aluminium fence and a dust port. The table can be used with Trend ¼” and ½” routers and features a no-volt release switch.
The set includes 2 x insert rings, side and top pressure plates, a mitre fence, a lead-on pin, a safety guard and a push stick.
This Trend router table has a durable work surface, robust frame and comes with the all the fences and accessories required to get started.
FERM Router Table Review
This Ferm Router Table is well constructed and a offers a good price for a bench top table.
This bench top router table has a table size of 455 x 330 mm with an aluminium table face and will take a router with a maximum base plate size of 162 mm. It features a robust fence and a mitre guide for precise results.
The Ferm router table offers an affordable router table for smaller projects.
Kreg PRS2100 Router Table Review
The Kreg PRS2100 Router Table offers the capability of a full-sized, industrial router table in a compact, table top design.
This table has a sturdy MDF tabletop with a high pressure laminate skin. The tabletop measures 406 mm x 610 mm. This is affixed to a robust steel frame with adjustable rubber feet that reduce vibrations. The Kreg router table has a precise full-size insert plate sized 235 mm x 288 mm x 10 mm that will support even the largest routers. It also comes with 3 Level-Loc Reducing Rings. This router table also features a heavy-duty anodized aluminium fence with independent sliding faces.
This rugged Trend router table can accommodate a full-size router, is easy to adjust, holds large pieces securely and significantly reduces noise output. This is one of the best router tables on the UK market.
Pro Router Table Bench Review
The Pro Router Table Bench accepts all hand-held routers, has a laminated worktop and is floor standing for ease of use.
The table top is made from 35 mm thick laminated MDF making it sturdy and durable. The table size measures 60 cm x 81 cm. The table features solid steel legs with rubber feet and a working height of 77 cm.
The mounting plate is made from tough plastic and can be drilled to allow you to fit any 1/4″ or 1/2″ sized router. This plate is held in place by magnets which allows tool-less removal of the router to make adjustments or change cutters. In addition, the Pro router table includes two insert rings that allow you to change the diameter of the aperture when using different cutters.
The work can be secured using the 2 fence mounted featherboards and the front featherboard.
This is a solid and versatile router table that can be used with any router.
Router Table Buyer’s Guide
Most router tables like the Trend CRT/MK3 Router Table have a laminated MDF tabletop that provides a smooth and durable surface. Cheaper options may be made from plastic with an aluminium face.
The best router tables like the Pro Router Table Bench have steel legs with adjustable rubber feet. This provides a level and stable surface and reduces vibration. Low-cost options may have plastic legs that are fine for less heavy duty work.
The size of the router table surface will affect the length of pieces that can be supported. If you are planning on cutting long pieces, such as architraves and mouldings, go for a nice large table like the RT1500 1500W Bench Top Router Table. This has an MDF top and steel legs to support the weight of the pieces. For smaller hobby woodworking a smaller table like the Ferm Router Table will be fine.
Size of router
Different router tables are compatible with different sizes of router. Some are recommended for use with certain brands so do check before you buy. Others are suitable for use with all ½ and ¼ inch routers, though you may have to drill the holes in the insert plate to fit. You can also buy a table with an integral router for a one-stop solution to all your routing needs.
The smallest router tables are suitable for hobby work and will only fit smaller routers.
Router tables usually come with a variety of attachments including fences, mitre guides and featherboards. These accessories allow you to use the tool safely and achieve professional results. Always check that the router table you buy has the attachments you need either included or available as additional extras.
You should always wear safety goggles and a mask when using a router to protect your eyes and lungs from dust and debris.
How do you use a router table?
A standalone router works by letting you move the machine along the material being cut. When a router is fixed to a table you move the material against the cutter. This means you can set up the router table for precise cutting and your work is supported as you cut.
You can also set up the router table so you can repeat cuts and make the same cut perfectly time after time.
Router tables can help you achieve accurate, professional results every time. In addition they make it easy to repeat cuts, invaluable for cutting many identical pieces, such as crafting cupboard doors.