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Forum topic by jfouse posted 09-08-2012 03:49 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2012 03:49 AM

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I’ve had a basic router for a few years, a Porter Cable Model 1001 (690, fixed base), and have been occasionally thinking through building a router table for it. I thought I’d caught a break recently when a friend was about to send a “Craftsman Professional” table to the dump but thought to ask if I’d want it first. Of course I grabbed it, but it doesn’t accommodate the PC router’s screw holes and it doesn’t have a removable insert. So now I have a router table to figure out what to do with. But I digress.

This got me back to thinking about building one, and I’m trying to figure out what material to use for creating my own insert. I don’t think the router’s mounting screws are long enough to go through a half inch board or so, so I’m figuring I’ll have to use something thinner (metal or lexan) that will still have strength for the insert part. I’m leaning heavily toward Lexan, but wasn’t sure what thickness I should go for to provide the requisite strength to hold the router. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 03:53 AM

Plate aluminum is what they make most of the commercial units out of. Places like Rockler, Benchdog, Incra, etc sell them to fit your specific router.

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 01:36 PM

You can always use longer screws, but keep in mind that the thicker the plate, the less bit will stick through. I haven’t bought one, but the Woodpecker looks like pretty high quality. (

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 02:34 PM

Buy the Lee Valley round plate kit. It is in my table (for 10 years). It has all the mounting stuff, explicit directions, and if ya screw up, they’ll send you a replacement plate free. Part # 05J25.01—$42.50. Best value goin’ for the money.
I’ve used it for the 690 and my newer Freud.


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#4 posted 09-08-2012 04:08 PM

IMHO, a plate is definitely nice, but not a necessity.

Drill the craftsman table directly for the router.

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