Well I decided to go with a 1” MDF for the base and router out a rabbet and dado and to let me raise my frame a bit higher on the rails. This meant I had to match my existing frame instead of just laying a flat board on top, but it gave me more material to hold the insert plate.
so now it sits more comfortably on the rail. This is my first whack at using a wobble blade to cut the dados and rabbet on the TS. Got two tops cut down ready to “get the groove on”, and got it all cut and glued and installed today.
Unfortunately one of my rails did not seat properly or maybe the MDF was not as flat as it should have been, but after I got all glued up and took off the clamps there is a bow in the center of the top – argh@!
Oh well, it still looks nice. And since I’m planning on replacing this eventually I kept on going and installed the plate for a trial run.
I think I’ll go back to the drawing board on the mounting system and see what I can come up with for mounting that 1” MDF and get some more clamps to make sure I can make it flat when I glue up.
The plate I used was the Bench Dog from Rockler and I got the template with it as well. Those all worked wonderful and I got a nice flat perfect fit on the plate even though today was my first go-round with a router. A bit of tape under there and it will be nice and flush with the top. I routed the insert in two passes and it was the easiest part of the day. Lot of dust though!!! hack hack hack…
Next I’ll see if I can figure out a way to get some new holes drilled and get my router mounted on center.
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