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#1 posted 07-08-2013 01:39 AM

I think the plate serves 2 purposes: 1)for those that find it awkward to change bits from below, the plate lets you lift the router out, and 2) it lets you use the router by hand with the attached plate as an enlarged aux. base for stability. For routers with fixed base and wide handles, the plate (and cavity) needs to be large enough to fit the router in and to lift it out. (My first table was Rockler’s and my first router for it was too wide and I had to disassemble the handles to get it to fit through the opening… that meant I couldn’t use the router by hand without reassembling the handles, which contained the on/off trigger… not good! If I’m not mistaken, they use wider plates now. Also, since many routers can be had with multiple bases for the same motor, leaving one base attached under the table and removing the motor to use with a different base is the easier way to let one router do many things. But if those 2 reasons aren’t applicable to your situation, then skip the plate because it is also a potential source for unevenness with the rest of the table. And the table is stiffer if there is no cutout for the plate. So if you can get away without the plate, things will be definitely simpler and cheaper and somewhat better. Making removable inserts to go around the bit is a separate issue from a removable plate…it makes no difference if the inserts go in a recess in the plate or in the solid table.

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