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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-21-2010 10:22 PM 3757 views 28 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trim routers are great tools, but the base is so small that they have the tendancy to tip over when milling edges. While one hand holds the router itself and steers, there is not much room to grab the tool with the other hand to hold it flat. And when holding such small narrow base, fingers are too closed to the spinning bit!

So, I made this accessory base plate. I used a piece of 3/8”-thick Plexiglass, about 6” by 11”. I made it wide enough to give a broader surface, room to place the handles and my hands, but small enough to prevent the Plexiglass from sagging. I used 1/4” flathead bolts and threaded inserts to install the handles, which are 1-1/4” hardwood dowels.

Great tool, with this great base !

For more details, pictures and a short video on drilling Plexiglass, click here.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





17 comments so far

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KMJohnson

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 10:25 PM

Good idea.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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patron

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 10:32 PM

i have 2 of them ,
that came with my
ryobi trim routers ,

$79.00 apiece !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bricofleur

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 10:36 PM

Hey David, I believe you mean $79 a piece for the routers, not the bases, right? (hope so!)

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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patron

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 10:39 PM

router and base in same box .
use router with or without the big base .

$79.00 .

only at home depot .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ken_c

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 10:40 PM

great idea – how bout adding a wood clamp block and a toggle clamp – might make it better for portability and storage…

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Bricofleur

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 10:49 PM

Ken,

Let’s say I store the one without the base and I keep this one on the bench! T’was a good reason to get another router.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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zlatanv

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 12:26 AM

Cool, I have been using this router more than my big one.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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RallyRick

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 06:12 AM

Plexiglass. Brilliant!!

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 07:44 AM

Good Idea Serge I’ll see if I can find a spare router.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Rick

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#10 posted 02-22-2010 11:24 PM

good idea. Thank you

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patron

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#11 posted 02-22-2010 11:52 PM

serge , here is the ryobi ,
the big base has some features that might help ,
some offset lines for grooving ,
and some holes for circle pins .


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 12:00 AM

An excellent solution.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 02-23-2010 01:01 AM

Nice idea. Looks like something I want to do.

Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Riehlez

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#14 posted 03-12-2010 04:26 PM

That little colt takes quite the beating in my shop. Its my only router that i keep a 1/4” collet on.
i have made many of base plates are yours is the best i vr seen for this little guy.
Question: What type of screws did you use to fasten the base plate with?

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bigike

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#15 posted 03-12-2010 05:04 PM

very nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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