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Forum topic by willhime posted 03-28-2016 04:32 AM 1273 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 04:32 AM

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I have a Makita RP2301FC. It’s a monster upgrade from my makita palm, and I’ve been racking my brain and many, many sites on a good way to mount it to a table. I know it’s not an ideal mount situation, but it’s what I have. The plate holes on the bottom don’t go all the way through the base, and I’m afraid if I attempt a edge guide bars, to surface sort of mount it’ll eventually crack the magnesium due to it being 3 1/4 HP motor. Any ideas, or something simple that I’m just missing ?

- Will

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 05:10 AM

You don’t bolt the router directly to the table!

Buy or make a table plate, then fasten it to the router just like you do the original router base plate.

Then drop the whole assembly into the table.

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 07:41 AM

yeah. I should clarify, I’ve been looking for a plate to mount it to, not mount it directly to the table. The issue is that none of the holes in the base are through holes. There’s 4 threaded half-stopped tapped sockets that are from the plastic plate into the base. And the other thing, is the 2 hex socket bolts that hold the template spring attachment part that stand proud of the base. So basically I need to remove those 2 hexes, and use the tiny stock plate screws from the router to go through the table insert plate into the base ? Hopefully they’ll be strong enough, but they’re only about 5/8” long.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 08:01 AM

The say a picture is worth a lot.

The router mounts to a plate that’s let in to your table top.

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 11:52 AM

Sounds like you’re worried about the holding ability of the stopped holes (?). Don’t be, there are a lot of those mounted in tables and they work just fine. Don’t use the OEM screws to fasten to your plate…buy longer ones that will go into the hole as far as possible; even buy extra long ones and trim back to the right length if needed. As I recall, my old Freud FT2000 was made the same way, and it stayed in a table for 8 years before sold it…..with no problems what soever.

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