Router plate from beat up craftsman router table top

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Forum topic by Josh posted 03-04-2010 08:22 PM 1923 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2010 08:22 PM

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I’m working on putting a router plate onto my workstation and I’ve gotten to the point where I need decide how to attach my router. Originally I though maybe I would just attach the router to the tabletop without using a plate or anything but that didn’t go so well. Now I need to figure out what to do for an insert plate.

Question: I have an old beat up craftsman router table that I got at a yardsale for $4, what do you think about cutting that with a metal saw and creating an insert plate from the router table top? Good idea? Bad idea?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 08:44 PM

I have a ryobi router Table, I am thinking of just Mounting the Table – Top & All to the Side of my Saw. I will have to Add Wood Fillers on all sides. That way if I should wand to move around or change Ideas or tools, I haven’t Destroyed anything

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 12:39 AM

I used the less expensive router plate kit from Lee Valley for my table. Check it out. I’d buy it again for sure, and if ya screw up, they’ll send you a replacement plate.


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#3 posted 03-05-2010 01:14 AM

When you say less expensive, holy cow, $175?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 02:27 AM

Pretty important item to skimp on. You definately don’t want any ridges, dips, raised portion or such on the part right next to the bit. I’d splurge and buy a decent one. Not $175 but more like $50 will buy you a really good one. JMO.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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