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Router Table #13: Leveling the Insert - Incra Style

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 1538 days ago 3940 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Up until now I was leveling my insert (also on my TS) with blue painters tape – yeah, ghetto, but it works, cheap, and available.

When I made the order with Lee Valley last week, I ordered a pack of 10 capscrews and though I’d try to incorporate the leveling concept on the Incra made table. as I stated in my previous post- If I had to start it over, I’d just order the table top from Incra and be done with it – they are worth their price. however. since I already had my top, and from a very suitable material, I figured, I’d just do my best with it.

the Incra insert comes with 10 holes that align with the leveling screws on their table tops, and are also threaded to take socket screws. I placed the insert in place, and using a drill bit with a tight fit, punched a center hole in the table for each of the holes in the insert:
punching a center hole for each screw

Using a forstner bit, I drilled a notch that will take the screw head. and then drilled through using a 13/64” bit which matches the #7 tap for tapping a hole for 1/4-20 screws. One of the good things about pheonlic is that it can be tapped fairly easily, and it takes the thread very well. this was my first time tapping anything, and I really like how it came out:
drilling and tapping the holes

the screw goes inside easily, and can be screwed until it’s level with the rabbet holding the insert so that it’s not touching the insert. and it can be brought up 1/2” above the rabbet if needed (the rabbet is 13/32” so there is no need for that much travel).

the beauty of this system is that in order to level the insert, you only need to place a straight edge on the table, and with a screwdriver, raise each screw through the insert until it’s all level. all above the table, easily, and conveniently. very cool design – thank you Incra for the idea:
Leveling the insert to the top

It’s a very nice leveling system, and even if you have your own insert, you can just drill holes in the perimeter of the insert and do the same thing.

One step closer…
Peace!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



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Karson

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#1 posted 1538 days ago

Great design modifications.. Your getting ahold of the manufacturing process. You’ll be making these to sel later.

Looks great Sharon

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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degoose

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#2 posted 1538 days ago

I will need this info for my table.. Pro-table with an Incra insert… thanks

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1537 days ago

That is pretty slick. I will have to keep this in mind when I build my version (if I can ever get a reprieve from my wife’s to-do list).

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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webwood

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#4 posted 1537 days ago

what are you going to hang on that? i have a bosch 1619 and it never leaves the table

-- -erik & christy-

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 1537 days ago

webwood. It’s going to house a 1/2'' precision Triton router which will leave my Bosch free for freehand work.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Cher

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#6 posted 1537 days ago

Cant wait to see it finished.

-- When you know better you do better.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1531 days ago

Thats good sharon

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bigike

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#8 posted 1531 days ago

nice work,

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RustyGoldman

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#9 posted 1166 days ago

Another great article and guide for D.I.Y carpentry. I. As I have said many times particularly like the layout and easy reading. Thanks!

-- Rusty - http://kingwood.floorcoveringsinternational.com

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KathVent

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#10 posted 1068 days ago

Great article! Though I am after information regarding preparing and repairing fascia boards! Any guidence would be highly regarded.

-- Kath - http://www.deeplas.co.uk

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