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Blog entry by curliejones posted 06-23-2012 08:22 PM 8415 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on a table saw wing/router table and found some valuable tips in LJ. I had seen references to installing the aluminum plate and to using the leveling/lock down screws all bought from Rockler. I saw mention that the instructions came with the template that anyone in the right mind should buy. BUT, I did not want to buy the template because building one is sooooooeasy. What I did NOT SEE was that instructions and even an illustration were available at Rockler’s web site to show how to install and adjust with the locking/leveling kit. Included is mention that the lock-down screws come with the plate, not with the leveling screws. The inserts that accept the lock-down screws DO come with the leveling screws.
To get there search on the template and click MORE INFO. (or use link below) Scroll to bottom and click on the pdf installation instructions. It’s almost all there. I found this right after installing mine, but it should make things easier if you read this BEFORE you install. If you do not have drill bits in 64ths, don’t sweat it. I experimented with some scrap mdf and found (before finding instructions) that a 5/16” bit worked great for installing the 2 threaded inserts and a 3/16” bit worked fine for installing the leveling screws. Take note of the pattern suggested for the eight (8) screws. After accurately marking the hold-down positions, pull the plate out of it’s recess and drill from the top. After cleaning the hole edges a little with a razor knife and sandpaper, screw the inserts as well as the leveling screws from the bottom. mdf has just a little pull toward the screw-in side, so a slight mound beneath the table won’t interfere with accuracy. I’m about to start on a fence, but wanted to get this out there just in case another jock is doing this and not finding the WHOLE story. I had hoped to chronicle and list my project, but there have been lots of questions about this install and I did not have as much info as I would have liked.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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