Craftsman Router Table / Porter Cable Router???? Help?

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Forum topic by John Van Hoesen posted 01-13-2007 02:58 AM 21243 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Van Hoesen

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01-13-2007 02:58 AM

Hi all -

Great site, hope someone out there has some ideas…

My dad recently gave me an older Craftsman Router Table (Model # 925479). It’s a small bench top model with a fixed router opening and 3 holes drilled in the aluminum base (no way to change where the holes are). I also have a Porter Cable (# 6902) w/ 1001 Router Base. Obviously the two don’t line up because I’m here. :)

My thought was to use this adapter:

I’d like to be able to screw through the table into the adapter which is also attached to the router. I know this will drop the router down further and I might lose depth, but I could also get a collar extension if it’s too far yes? The tricky part will be making sure it’s centered in the hole on the table.

I can post pics if it will help? My other thought was cut a 6” round piece of luan mahogany and make my own “adapter”, but I’m afraid the screws coming through the top of the table will hit the router base, I was thinking of luan because it’s relatively thin.

Any thoughts, help, suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much in advance.


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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 01-15-2007 06:34 PM

John: this is hard to offer any advice since I can’t see what you are working with. I can only tell you that I never hesitate to drill new holes for what I need. Whether that is in the router table top, or in the router base itself. I have done both, and after several years of use, both methods have worked well.

Maybe if you could post some photos, somebody might have some options for you.
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 01-15-2007 07:47 PM

Hi John.
Rather than try explaining this, I found a pdf that shows how to mount routers to a table. The main thing is get it centered properly. I hope this will help.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 01-16-2007 03:25 AM

Hey John,
I did the very same thing you want to do. Don’t bother. You will be far better off just buying a mounting plate for the PC and make your own table. However, if you still want to, all I did was take the base off the PC and marked the mounting holes on the bottom of the Craftsman and then drilled the appropriate size hole. Then I turned the table over and drilled out the wholes with a bigger drill bit just far enough that the screw heads that hold the router on to the table were below the surface so nothing got caught as I was routing. It worked reasonably well, but I’d still build a new one if I were you.

-- Dennis, Tennessee

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John Van Hoesen

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#4 posted 01-16-2007 04:40 AM

Thanks for the feedback Dennis, I’m going to build a combo horizontal-vertical router table….

Sorry to have bothered you all, I should have just decided to make one from the beginning. :)

Thanks again! I’ll post pics of the finished product.


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#5 posted 02-01-2007 06:16 PM

I would like to see that combo horizontal-vertical router table plans. I too have a craftsman router table. I have borrowed my dad’s router since it is a craftsman as well. However, I have a DeWalt 618, so it will not fit on the existing plate.

I plan to build a new router table, but have been debating between a vertical and horizontal table. If I could make a combo, that would be great.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 02-01-2007 06:28 PM

None of your taunton links work for me, because i have to log in. Are you making a % for pimping them out?

You can always save them and then you could actually show us.

And for the record this is how I feel about the whole internet copyright thing … It it can be downloaded then I can have it

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John Van Hoesen

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#7 posted 02-02-2007 02:26 AM

Bill and Obi, CYM.


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