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Forum topic by sIKE posted 10-03-2008 07:37 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2008 07:37 PM

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As I am closing in the completion of my Router Table Cabinet, I am going to start working on the top which I am also going to build. I currently have a discontinued Bench Dog Pro Phenolic Plate that has a three inch hole. I have been reconsidering using this plate in this table. I am looking recommendations for a good Router Plate that will not break the bank. I am not interested in any lifts or such, just a good plate. I am going to mount a Hitachi M12V onto this plate.

This one is my current favorite candidate.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 10-03-2008 07:58 PM

I have the Rousso, no problems with it, some folks don’t like that it’s crowned a bit but I guess that’s a design feature (I’m not an expert router-ist)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 08:13 PM

I have this one and am very happy with it. It was a breeze to install as well. It also has a slight crown. I leave my Hitachi M12V in the table all the time and it has not sagged in five years. It might be a litttle more expensive than you had planned.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#3 posted 10-03-2008 08:47 PM


Wow! Nice! Whew! Ouch! Would love to get one but, the $99 Woodpecker one is out of my price range.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 10-03-2008 09:09 PM

check out the woodpeckers. they are really nice. kreg also has some nice ones.

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#5 posted 10-03-2008 10:20 PM

I’ve had the Rousseau from back when it was the only game in town, about 11 years now. I don’t have any complaints about it and I’ve made a lot of frame and panel doors on it. I’ve had my Dewalt 625 permanently mounted on it for that length of time. The interesting thing is that the design hasn’t changed a bit either. Don’t mess with a good thing.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 10-04-2008 04:32 AM

I have the Rockler one. Its’ pretty good. I also have the M12V mounted on it. You have to drill your own holes. I remember it was inexpensive compared to others.

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#7 posted 10-06-2008 04:13 AM

sIKE, I have a woodpecker phenolic plate along with their inserts. I think the plate is $69 and it comes with three common inserts. You can also purchase additional inserts later, but they are really sweet. Checkout

-- Rusty

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 10-07-2008 03:12 PM

Hi sIKE;

I use a piece of aluminum plate, 1/4” thick. It machines easily, is and stays dead flat, and is relatively inexpensive.

Maybe 10.00 as I recall. (about 10 years ago)

I have a Metal Supply company close by that carries cutoffs.

If you are unable to find any, let me know and I’ll check with them.

I could pick it up for you and ship it if needed.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 10-07-2008 11:51 PM


Thanks for the offer, but I have already pulled the trigger on a JessEm Rout R Plate. Thanks for the advise everyone. I am in Charlotte this week and made it to the Klingspor store here. If you are ever in the area and get the chance stop in and say hi to those guys, they are very nice and very helpful. Plus the sand paper remnants are sold by the pound and you get alot of it dirt cheap!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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