- The low price of the router table makes it very affordable, which leaves you with money to spend on accessories and equipment
- Wide work surface gives you plenty of work options, and it provides you with a large enough work area for most of your wood routing needs
- You will have no problems assembling this router table, it is quick and easy-slide
- There have been complaints that the surface of the table is warped and uneven
- Some users would prefer if the base wasn’t made out of plastic
What do you get?
Straight out of the box the RA1181 comes with two adjustable feather boards, three mounting plate insert rings, an adjustable clear guard, starter pin and guard, two 1/16 inch out feed fence shims, and a heavy-duty 14 Amp switch with an overload protection.
Design and build
The first thing we have noticed about the RA1181 Benchtop router table is the large size of the working surface. The work surface on this router table is 27-inches by 18-inches which gives you plenty of space for most of the routing jobs. You can rest assured that you will be able to handle tall stock without a hitch thanks to the tall aluminum fence.
We like the design of the featherboards, but that’s not their only positive aspect. It is very easy to attach the featherboards to the table, and they are also adjustable so that they can fit a variety of workpieces.
While some woodworkers, and us too, like MDF tops, we also like it when a router table has an aluminum top, just like the RA1181 does. If you are using the portability of a routing table, then you sometimes might be using it outside.
The problem with using router tables with an MDF top is that rain can ruin them, which doesn’t happen with the Bosch RA1181. Even tho the table top is made out of aluminum, the whole router table weighs around 30 pounds. This makes it very portable.
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The fence is also aluminum, but it has wooden faces. Another great addition are the shims which can be used if you want to turn the Bosch RA1181 into an effective vertical jointer.
They have reported that their work surface is uneven and warped. While this is not the case with the majority of users, it is wise to check whether the work surface of your Bosch RA1181 Benchtop router table is flat.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional woodworker, a hobbyist, or a complete newbie. The Bosch RA1181 is what you should be getting if you want a wide and safe work area, and if you want a high-quality router table without having to spends hundreds of dollars.