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Forum topic by Farrout posted 05-10-2013 05:58 PM 2767 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2013 05:58 PM

I recently picked up a Craftsman plunge base router on CL.
The base plate does not accept PC template guides so I ordered a universal plate from Rockler which said would fit all common makes and models.
Wrong. It doesn’t fit the router I bought. Many holes, none match the pattern on the router.
I don’t really want to drill my own holes because I’m not sure how well aligned it will be.
Any suggestions?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 06:23 PM

I have yet to buy a universal anything that actually fit what I bought it for.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 07:19 PM

If you don’t want to modify it, you have a few choices:
- Buy a new router
- Buy a new base plate
- Buy craftsman template guides

In any of the above cases, the universal plate will become a paperweight. So really, you have nothing to lose by attempting to modify it….....unless you can return it for a refund. Personally, I’d grab a countersink drill bit a try to modify it.

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 07:34 PM

Years ago I made one for a craftsman pbr to adapt to a table from a phenolic sheet. I used the router’s base plate as a template, measured in 64ths for the hole alignment. I did have to find the correct taper on a counter sink bit. The machine scews taper was not as steep the counter sink bits I had. Tedious layout but easy after that.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 01:14 AM

I would drill the universal plate to fit your router BUT I would not use a tapered countersink. I’d drill flat bottomed countersinks and use pan head bolts for attachment. This will allow you to center it over your collet and then tighten the bolts. The tapered countersinks won’t allow for ANY error in hole placement.

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 05:46 AM

gfadvm is right. The through holes have to be a little oversized to allow for adjusting the plate to true center and the countersinks have to be oversized as well, and FLAT or you will never get it centered. You can use a twist drill bit for the through hole and a forstner bit for the countersink. Any forstner bit larger than the head of the screws will do.

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 11:27 AM

I’ll probably try that since I’ve already spent the money.
So much for saving money on CL.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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