The Bosch RA1181 is the best selling router table on Amazon and for all the right reasons.
While Bosch might not be premium brand like Festool, it definitely delivers the best value-for-money router tables in the market and Bosch RA1181 is a very good example.
This table is built for the DIY dads and casual woodworkers. However, If you’re planning to take up complex or professional projects, you might want to invest into something a little more high on performance.
At first look, the Bosch RA1181 comes off as a sturdy and ergonomic router table. Despite the low price, the RA1181 boasts every important feature that you’d need from a router table. From a large work-surface to an aluminum router plate and an efficient dust collection system, it covers all your bases.
We were please to have done the Bosch Benchtop Router Table Review on the RA1181 because it has made quite the name for itself as a reliable and accurate, while still cost effective, woodworking router.
Built and Design
The router table comes in three major parts i.e. the table, the router plate and the fence, thus the assembly process is pretty straightforward.
What we like about it is that it’s a 27”-long by 18”-wide cast aluminum table which is as close as it gets to a full scale models. The surface is very flat and is designed to reduce friction when sliding the piece across the table.
The RA1181 features a standard ¾”-wide by 3/8”-deep miter slot that runs along the table and is compatible with any common miter guide or jig.
Aluminum Router Plate
One thing we loved about the Bosch RA1181 is that it comes with a sturdy cast aluminum router plate that comes pre-drilled to be compatible with a variety of routers. That means if you already have a router that you love, there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t have to buy a new one just for the sake of upgrading to a table.
The router plate is tough enough to counter the torque created by even powerful routers like the 3 1/4Hp Bosch 1619EVS.
It also comes with three snap-in inserts that reduce the diameter to 1”, 2” or 2 ¾” as per your requirement.
The adjustable fence is supported by an aluminum extrusion 25”-long by 4 7/8”-tall and a pair of 12 ½”-long by 3 ¾”-tall MDF (medium density fiberboard) that can produce a center gap from 0 to 3 ¾”-wide and thus you can use a bit of size up to 3 ½” in diameter.
Dust Collection System and Other Accessories
The RA1181 features a dust collection system that can be attached to a standard 2 1/2-inch hose.
Apart from the router table, you get a set of three mounting-plate insert rings, router mounting hardware, dual-outlet 15 Amp switch with overload protection, two adjustable feather boards, adjustable clear guard, starter pin and guard, and two 1/16-inch outfeed fence shims.
So that covers up pretty much everything you’d need to get started with most of your basic projects. As previously mentioned, the Bosch RA1181 Table is a great way to go for beginners and those looking to get after some DIY projects. For the more ambitious woodworkers, or those who want something a little more custom, perhaps making a DIY router table is the way to go. You can always grab components of the Bosch RA1181 Router Table rather than the whole thing as a set.
All in all, the Bosch RA1181 is a very well-designed, sturdy and functional router table that offers ample of working space and at this price tag, it makes for the perfect table for DIY guys and new woodworkers.