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Eric

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11-02-2013 07:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw face plate

I recently put a new top on the table saw and I need to cut out for the face plate. Any suggestions? I don’t really want to use a jig saw as I would like a nice clean straight cut. The top is 1/8” hardboard glues to 1/4” MDF. Maybe a jig set up for the router? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro


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#1 posted 11-02-2013 01:25 PM

use one of your existing inserts and cut a pattern in a scrap piece of mdf with a top following router bit.cut out the hole with a jig saw to the size you want to use to bear the insert clamp the scrap with the pattern cut in it on the top and use the same bit to cut the hole for the insert.your first cut for the pattern will be oversized and the second cut to the hole will be back to normal size.

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#2 posted 11-02-2013 01:47 PM

Here are a few links to installing a Router Base Plate in a table, same principle.

I would use the 1/8” hardboard (for the replacable insert) you used for the surface of your table top to keep things simple.
First cut out the replacement Insert, 2 1/2” wide should work and then as long as your blades diameter plus 4”, (2” on each end of the new blade/kerf opening) should be fine.
When you cut through the 1/8” hardboard of the table top, I would make two 1/16” passes so as not to chip the edges of the opening, the second 1/16” pass you will want to set the depth of the router bit with the 1/8” hardboard as a thickness guide, that way your replacement insert should be level with the top of your saw table.

Come back here and post any questions you might have about or during the process and we will help you through it.

http://www.shopnotes.com/files/issues/085/installing-a-router-plate.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4utHdZO3iA
http://www.binkyswoodworking.com/InstalRoutBase.php
http://www.ehow.com/how_5733239_install-router-table-insert-plate.html

Good luck with your project.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 07:53 PM

Thank you very much. I will tackle this project today! Your help was appreciated.

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 03:10 AM

Thanks for all the tips guys. It worked out pretty good.

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro

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#5 posted 11-03-2013 03:23 AM

looks great. well done!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 11-03-2013 08:30 AM

Thank you Tooch

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro

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#7 posted 11-03-2013 12:29 PM

Done, and done.

Very nicely done.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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