Uncooperative Router Table

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Forum topic by whit posted 11-28-2010 10:42 PM 847 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2010 10:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table flush adjustment

I kept having problems with the router mounting plate on my table. It would gradually work it’s way a bit further into the table as the set screws (one or more of the 12!!) settled – either into the tabletop or receding into the mounting plate. You can see where the screws have gradually torn up the table top (red circles). It’s great where the melamine surface is still solid but the mdf (sponge) center doesn’t fare so well. So . . . I gave up. I’ve removed all of the set screws from the mounting plate and have resorted to 4, 1/4-20 bolts with the ends polished smooth through 1/4-20 locknuts in the corner blocks; the bearing surfaces on the bottom of the mounting plate are the four arms that hold the router in place. I was going to use t-nuts but, to make the corner blocks big enough to take a t-nut, the clearance would have been too small to get the router (Triton TRC-001) in and out so I had to make the nuts as small as possible and still leave something for the bolts to bite into.

The corner blocks are attached to 1/8” x 6” x 1” aluminum strap and the strap is attached to the underside of the router table with 4, 1” screws. Nothing fancy but, so far, incredibly effective. One thing I found useful for aligning the mounting plate to the table is to work one end at a time and raise the other end of the plate just a bit by setting it on a spacer between the contact surface on the table and the bottom of the mounting plate. That effectively turns the plate into a tripod and it’s easier to adjust that way. When you’ve finished one end, move the spacer to the other end and adjust the 2 remaining screws. You may have to tweak the screws a bit when all 4 are in contact with the table but it’s not too bad. And, since the screws engage the plate from underneath and are adjustable with the router and mounting plate in place, it’s MUCH easier to get the plate flush with the table.

If I ever have to do it again, I’ll:

1) use slightly shorter screws (one screw causes interference in adjusting the router height), and
2) do it MUCH sooner in the ownership process. ;)


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 01:09 AM

Pretty ingenious. Looks like a great fix to a miserable annoyance.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 07:39 PM

Yeah, Gary, it was. My concern was having the piece get stuck coming off the insert back on to the table while still in contact with the bit – not so much because of the crappy routing job but the possibility of it kicking back and that IS annoying. But hey, it keeps one on one’s toes. ;)


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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