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#1 posted 903 days ago

I did some research on router plates when I was looking for a lift to put in my router table. It seems there are several standards. The most common (I found – maybe someone else will chime in with something different) seem to be:
9 1/4” X 11 3/4”
8 1/4” X 11 3/4”

Now I also looked at cast iron router tables. At one point I was thinking about adding the cast iron table in place of one of the wings on my table saw, just like yours. I found several people that make them, including Bendch dog, MLCS, etc. It seems like they standardized on:
9” X 12”

These numbers all refer to the table opening. The dimensions someone gave you (8 and 15/16” x 11 and 15/16”) would leave about 1/32” on each side in a 9” X 12” opening so I don’t think this is an oddball size. Check your measurements: are you sure the opening is not 9” X 12”?

Woodpecker used to offer their plates and lifts in the 9” X 12” size BUT a quick trip to their website right now doesn’t show them! A quick Google shows a lot of others still do, though. Point is, I think you can find inserts to fit that table.

I am with others here: I think it would be best to make a base to mount that cast iron router table onto. Believe me, cast iron is more massy, more stable and better for a router table. Plus, you’ve already got it, why waste time making something?

My router table is the venerable Norm Abrams design. I didn’t build it myself; I found mine at a moving sale more than 1/2 completed (here). Personally, I would rather have a separate router table. It saves on setup times between the table saw and router table functions. The fence, well, many here have incorporated fences that clamp onto the table. Not ideal, but it would work.

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