As mentioned previously, I have a Wolfcraft Mastercut 1000 folding power tool table which can hold a variety of tools including circular saw, router, jigsaw and drill and has a small vice attached.
I bought it about 5 years ago when we were in a house with a smaller garden (so no scope for a larger shed/workshop) and no garage.
I have pretty much all the accessories available:
- drill clamp (used to mount a drill on the side of the bench)
- routing/milling fence
- curved routing/milling guide
- metal vice jaws (protects the wooden jaws of the vice)
It’s an ok bit of kit if you are limited for space, however it’s never going to match dedicated machinery and it has a few limitations:
- the fence is only attached at one end and is mounted via the mitre guide which has a bit of play in it (although this can be remedied by clamping the other end)
- the surface of the table is a little too small (I remedy this with folding roller stands to support infeed and outfeed)
- the holes & slots for the bolts which hold tools under the table are formed by bending the steel surface of the table down. This allows the bolt heads to fit flush into the upper surface, but means the lower surface is not flat and could damage the faceplate of any tool mounted
- it’s quite fiddly to swap the bolts and wingnuts between the various holes/slots necessary for each tool
- the folding stays get caught in the legs when folding it back up
- the insert round the circular saw blade is too flexible and is deflected upwards by the sprung blade guard of my circular saw
(Updated 08/04/2012 to add the following 4 photos)
Point 2 in particular means I’ve never mounted my router to it, as even if I sorted out the burrs I think the sub base/face plate will still get chewed to bits.
Mounting a jigsaw upside down under a table sounds like a recipe for disaster (or at least bent blades), so I’ve never tried that – I certainly don’t think it’d match a bandsaw or a fretsaw!
The biggest project I’ve tackled with it was ripping a step into some feather edged board to replace some rotten sections in a shed at our old house – a job that didn’t require too much in the way of precision! 🙂
I could probably mitigate my concerns about mounting a router by creating some sacrificial sub bases out of thin ply, but then I’d have to move the mounting bolts every time I wanted to change tools.
At some point I’ll probably buy something like the Axminster TS200 or the Axminster BTS10ST and retire the Wolfcraft, but for now I’ll leave it set up for my saw and build a separate router table – probably bench mounted to start with.
Update 18/08/2012: I seem to be getting a few hits on this post from people searching for reviews of the BTS10ST.
The TS-200 is pretty well known but because it’s so new the only review I’ve seen of the BTS10ST was a half page first look in the June/July 2012 issue of British Woodworking (issue #30). HTH