Router Plate Insert

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Rookie702 posted 03-15-2012 08:13 PM 1937 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Rookie702's profile


43 posts in 2452 days

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.

7 replies so far

View Paul M Cohen's profile

Paul M Cohen

86 posts in 3953 days

#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,

View Scot's profile


344 posts in 3571 days

#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.

View NiteWalker's profile


2738 posts in 2752 days

#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.

View nwbusa's profile


1021 posts in 2461 days

#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

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 3412 days

#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

View Chipy's profile


374 posts in 2768 days

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

MLCS inc. router plate template.

View crashn's profile


528 posts in 2640 days

#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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics