In this guide we’ll look at the best router tables for the UK market.
I’ve compared construction material, table size, router power and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll look at the best router tables for the UK market.
What Are The UK's Best Router Tables?
Read Our Router Table Reviews
Trend WRT Workshop Router Table Review
US tool brand Trend have been making router tables and the like since 1955. Their WRT workshop router table is a stripped-down, solid bit of kit that should make light work of all table routing tasks.
The kit comes ready to assemble, with a rigid frame that bolts together and a sturdy laminated MDF tabletop. The rubber feet are adjustable for uneven surfaces, and you can lock them down with foot brackets for an incredibly stable base. They’ve included a separate power switch for added safety as well.
The plate that receives the router itself is made from thick aluminium, and it’s perforated with different holes to fit various router types. But if it doesn’t fit yours, you can drill it yourself quite easily. Trend have a handy compatibility list on their website if you want to check.
The fence feels solid and has two MDF “cheeks” that slide to fit different size workpieces. They’ve included a side pressure plate and push stick as well for added safety. It’s one of the best table routers around.
Lumberjack Tools RT1500 Bench Top Router Table Review
West-Midlands based Lumberjack Tools specialise in woodworking equipment and have made one of the best benchtop routers that I’ve tried out. Rather than making a simple stand to attach your own router to, this is a full kit that includes a powerful 1500 Watt router already set up and ready to work.
The first thing you’ll notice about the RT1500 is the size of the box- this isn’t a flatpack set you have to put together as most of the assembly has been done for you. You get a beefy pressed steel work table and chunky ABS plastic legs that feel like they’ll last forever. The fence is steel as well, which adds extra strength and rigidity where you need it the most.
What makes this one of the best table routers in my eyes is the depth adjustment wheel – it’s accurate and easy to raise and lower the router bit – an operation that can be a pain with a regular router turned upside down on another router table.
There are three feather boards, two collets, a handy clear plastic dust extractor cover and even a handy mitre gauge that slides in its own trench for accurate angle work. They’ve even built in a series of holes in the body of the table to store ¼” and ½” bits.
Kreg PRS2100 Router Table Review
Famous for inventing the infamous pocket hole jig, Kreg have been making innovative woodworking tools since 1989. I tried out their PRS2100 precision benchtop router table, and rate it for its simplicity and excellent sliding fence.
The base is made from steel, and its rubber feet go a long way to reduce vibration and stop the table from sliding around during use. On top of the stand is a quality laminated MDF work table that’s designed to absorb vibration and allow workpieces to slide across the surface easily.
What makes this one of the best router tables around though is the table saw style fence. Experienced woodworkers will be familiar with the T-square style sliding aluminium fence that can be locked off with four screws, to quickly adjust on the fly. It’s a clever system that makes table routing a breeze.
The only thing I’d like to see on the Kreg router table is a safety switch – it could be tricky reaching for the power switch once you’ve attached your own router without one.
FERM Router Table Review
Dutch power tool brand FERM have been making quality tools for DIYers and industrial use since 1985. I tried out their PRA1011 Router Table and was impressed with how solid it feels.
The aluminium table is well-made and very flat, and the chunky legs sit at a solid angle to the table with rubber feet that are ideal for keeping the router table firmly in its place.
I like the mitre guard that seems to be unique to the FERM router table- it’s easy to adjust with just two knobs, you can set it to most angles as well as use it to hold timber firmly against the fence. It’s plastic but seems sturdy enough.
The use of plastic doesn’t stop there though- the fence is made from one piece of ABS that is never going to be as rigid as steel or aluminium. It’s fine for light use, but it doesn’t feel like the most durable router fence you can get.
Pro Router Table Bench Review
The Pro Router floor standing table router is a great bit of kit when you need the best router stand but don’t have a workbench. Benchtop routers are excellent but don’t waste valuable workspace if you’ve got a spare bit of floor.
With an angle steel frame and tough plastic feet, this router has a sturdy base to work from and at 77 cm high, it’s just the right height for most users. The worktop itself is made from 35 mm thick laminated MDF which is smooth and flat for passing timber across it.
The fence adjusts in the same way as a table saw would, and you can attach the four included feather boards to the rear fence or front rail in any configuration. The only gripe I have with the table is the router mounting plate- I’d always choose metal over plastic for a part that’s going to be under the stresses of cutting with a power tool.
Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table Review
The Bosch RA1181 is probably the best table router because it has a large and solid aluminium worktop, can fit almost any brand of router and allows for fine adjustment of the router plate.
You might expect Bosch to come up with one of the best table routers available right now, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Everything about it has been well-thought-out and engineered to allow you to attach just about any router securely to the table using the many holes in the router plate.
The worktop itself is a solid piece of aluminium that’s big enough to keep large workpieces level without taking up too much room on your workbench, and the fence feels solid and comes with feather boards and low-friction MDF backing to keep things sliding easily past the router bit.
The power switch leads to two separate plugs on the inside of the table, one for your router and another one that can be used for your dust extractor- it’s a useful feature for starting both tools at once rather than having to turn on the vacuum then the router each time you use it.
The dust collection system is another clever feature- you can slide the MDF fence panels apart depending on what you’re doing on the table, and if you get it right almost all the dust gets sucked into the port underneath.
Assembling the router table isn’t a five-minute job, but Bosch have worked hard to make the process as easy as possible with a well-thought-out and user-friendly manual that documents the whole process.
How to Choose the Best Router Table
If you already own a router, you don’t need me to tell you how versatile they are, but when you combine one with the best router table setup, it becomes an awesome tool that any proper woodworker should learn to use.
The best table mounted router needs a solid and flat base to allow timber to pass along it accurately. My preferred material is cast metal like aluminium: it’s hard wearing, not too heavy and reliably flat. Don’t discount laminated MDF though, it’s a reliable flat surface that might not be as hard wearing as metal, but it’s a lot cheaper as well.
The fence is the most important part of a router table, apart from the router that is, because it’s the thing that will keep everything running smooth and straight. Some of the best table routers have sliding “cheeks” that help to keep any width workpiece in line and ensure the dust is sucked away from the router bit.
If you’re not familiar with those large, usually yellow, plastic combs on the table and fence, they’re a handy and safe feature that helps to keep the workpiece tight to the fence without you having to push it too hard.
You simply adjust the size and width of the feather boards to allow your piece of timber to sit snugly against the fence, then use your push stick to guide the piece through. It also means you can always keep your fingers away from the router bit too.
Router Table FAQs
This is a dilemma faced by anyone who wants to get into table routing- do you mount your favourite router to a standalone table, or buy into a whole table router setup? If you want to mount an existing router to a table, you need to make sure it fits- but most mounting plates can be drilled to fit almost any router.
If you use your own router, bear in mind that it’s not a five-minute job to switch between a table router and palm or plunge base- you’ll need to level the mounting plate each time, so a lot of woodworkers end up leaving the router in place once installed.
Buying into a whole router table kit like the Lumberjack Tools RT1500 is ideal if you’re planning on doing a lot of table work and you like the idea of a depth adjustment wheel. Unless you want to buy another router for freehand work, you’re a bit limited though.
You should check the manufacturer’s specifications on the router you plan to attach to your table- if it can take a ½”, you can probably use it.
The best router tables come with several reducing rings that alter the size of the hole your router sits in. If you’re using wide dado or moulding bits, you’ll need a much bigger hole than a straight cut bit.
If you mount your own router to a router table, the chances are you’ll have some trouble getting to the power switch. By connecting your router to a switch on the body of the router table, you can safely control it without fumbling around under your table.
The best router tables feature two plugs underneath to control your dust extraction at the same time. Be aware that some routers have safety devices that must be bypassed to use a separate on/off switch.