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Forum topic by Rookie702 posted 03-15-2012 08:13 PM 1772 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rookie702

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03-15-2012 08:13 PM

Ok, I give up….

I have looked online at router table extension that have been added to table saws, and it seems like everyone i see the hole where the router plate sits it always routered out perfect. How in the heck is this accomplished. Every time i attempt to create a perfect fit, I fail. I mean i do know how to take a measurement.


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Paul M Cohen

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 11:44 PM

The way I did it was to use the plate as a template for a router bearing bit. I then routed a pattern in plywood, I used this pattern with a bearing bit to cut the shelf the plate sits on, then I used the side of the shelf to guide another bearing bit to cut the exact hole to fit the plate. I used multiple router bits with a varity of top and bottom bearings and different sized bearings. You can also buy the templates. I have avoiding speciffing top and bottom for the bearings because I am not sure the correct names.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR, www.TravelbyPaul.com

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Scot

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 12:40 AM

Most of the quality router plates have a template for them, which is usually sold separately. I used to make my own but have found buying them isn’t really that expensive when you figure in time and materials.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 06:28 AM

I bought my template as well.
I paid $15 shipped, which is worth the time/effort I would have spent making one.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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nwbusa

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 08:59 AM

Template is probably the best way to go. I did without and used a parallel fence on my plunge base router. Got a perfect result but I was very careful (I.e. slow).

-- John, BC, Canada

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 11:40 AM

I used a much cheaper and simpler solution. I placed the router plate on a top made from two MDF 3/4” laminated boards and drew a line around the plate. Then I made another line inside the outer lines to leave a shelf for the plate to sit on. I don’t remember if it was 3/8” or 1/2”??? I measured my rabbit bit to see what the depth would be after the rabbit was cut. Then I drilled a hole and used my jig saw to cut out the opening leaving enough waste to clean up with a router bit. Then I clamped some 3/4” boards around the opening and used a pattern bit to smooth the edges and bring them to the final shape. Then I used the rabbit bit to make the shelf the router plate sits on. I put an adjustment screw in each of the 4 corners of the table top so I could adjust the plate to exactly fit the top.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Chipy

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 05:53 PM

MLCS inc. router plate template.

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crashn

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 08:04 PM

purchased template here as well

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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