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Forum topic by yellowirenut posted 12-26-2016 12:23 PM 488 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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yellowirenut

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12-26-2016 12:23 PM

Good morning!

I have been looking at the cast iron table saw extensions from MLCS. I am curious the differences in plate types. I have only recently started woodworking, besides the occasional project that can be completed with a miter saw and a drill I have done in the past. My shop is slowly being filled with the tools needed for more finished projects.The wife is all for me to get good equipment and hone my skills. I think she has some projects in mind.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/router_table4.html

The Phenolic Plate sounds like it has some drawbacks. The Premium Plate seems to have the most options available.


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#1 posted 12-26-2016 02:38 PM

IMO the metal plate is the best way to go especially if you plan on hanging a large router from it.

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#2 posted 12-26-2016 09:01 PM

yellowirenut,

I agree with syenefarmer. I have used 1/2” plywood and Lexan but switched to 3/8” aluminum for the insert plate. All work fine, but I like aluminum the best. It was very strong and as syenefarmer states, aluminum seems to carry more weight before sagging becomes an issue.

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yellowirenut

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 09:51 PM

Thank you for the personal experience. Those are always the most help. Do you know the difference between MLCS aluminum plate and premium plate? besides $20?

I think if I read it right. It comes with more rings??

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 10:10 PM

As I see it, its silly for them to even offer the phenolic option, the AL version is a big update much more stable and resistant to deformation. I have the Bench Dog table version and the Rockler router plate, the MLCS version looks to be very similar – I love mine. The only thing I regret is I wish I had gone with a system that used metal opening plates attached via magnetism as I swap plates often and the metal plates offer two advantages: quick change, no messing w/ small screws w/ the threat of cross threading and more stable if your working in 1000ths of inches.

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 12:32 AM

yellowirenut,

If I read the MLCS page correctly, the plates are 3/8” thick phenolic, 1/4” aluminum, and the premium insert plate is 3/8” thick aluminum. I would either go with 3/8” phenolic or 3/8” aluminum. My preference would be 3/8” aluminum.

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 01:10 PM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

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