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Forum topic by MaroonGoon posted 11-20-2013 11:04 PM 1273 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2013 11:04 PM

Hey fellas,
I didn’t want to fork over the 180$ for the Bosch router table at Lowes so I decided to build my own router table. I have already built the carcass and have moved on to the top which will be an 18” x 24” piece of melamine. I was going to make a router plate insert out of lexan but read of issues with it warping under the weight of the router.

I began looking online for metal pre-fabricated ones but they are pretty expensive and would defeat the purpose of me building my router table. I found this one online but the webpage is sketchy. It is the Rockler website, but with this one only being 6 bucks and I’ve seen others go for up to 80-100 bucks, I was hesitant in ordering this.

What do ya’ll think?


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#1 posted 11-21-2013 12:26 AM

I am using this model

I cut the opening on the supporting table to be just the shape of the base of my router (bosch 1617) in order to get a better support for the entire insert. No flex at all. They recommended to cut a rectangular opening for the insert but I was afraid of getting some flex. An alu or metal insert was out of my budget. I got mine on sale for 10 box.
Hope this help.

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 12:37 AM

That Rockler product is just the insert ring for a router table insert, not the larger insert itself.
I like the Bench Dog aluminum plates. They are bulletproof. They are expensive, but you get what you pay for.

It won’t defeat the purpose if you build one. A shop made router table with a Bench Dog or Rockler insert would be a better quality tool than a Bosch benchtop router table.
Frankly I don’t see how people make benchtop router tables work. I had one long ago, but quickly replaced it with a full size table.

Good luck.

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 12:42 AM

Since I am a super cheap guy I make all my inserts and plates from old highway signs. They are made from some very strong aluminum . For my router table which is located between the rails of my table saw I have the same homemade insert which has been in use for years with no warp or swag. Your highway garage probably has a bunch of these laying out back. They give me a couple whenever ask. They are easy to cut with a jig saw and they machine well and are about 1/8” thick. For my router plate I used 2 pieces epoxied together. I cut a hole about 3” in the lower plate and another about 2 3/4” in the upper. Now I can use the insert plates from my spindle sander in the router plate. I was very careful to route the table top to just the right thickness for it to set level however you can cut a little deeper and use 4 corner screws in the routed out recess to get it level. If you have questions just ask.

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 12:48 AM

I would call Rockler and find out. If it’s true you can’t beat that for 7 bucks. I have two Rockler ones. One that fits my hitachi and another that fits my bigger triton. The thicker one i think is 5/16 thick. What router will you be putting in it? The fact that it doesn’t show a picture or make you choose the hole pattern is strange, almost like its a mistake.

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 12:57 AM

Yeah…it says insert with inch and a half opening. That would have to be just the ring and not the entire mounting plate unless I’m missing something. That one that lepelerin mentioned is probably the least expensive I’ve seen.

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 12:58 AM

That is most certainly NOT the actual aluminum plate. I saw that earlier and it is in fact the plastic insert ring for the plate.

As for the plate though i have one and I really like it. It lined up perfectly with my Milwaukee’s mounting holes. Only thing that’s off is that the Rockler plate doesn’t have a hole/slot pre-drilled for the Milwaukee’s built in height adjustment.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 01:09 AM

I was thinking too that the 1 1/2” hole was suspicious. The plate that you need from Rockler is 59.99. If you’re interested, I can send you my extra one for just a little more than shipping would cost. It is the A hole pattern(no pun intended).

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 01:29 AM

That’s the router plate that you need.

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 03:27 AM

Thanks for all the replies guys lots of great advice in here. I figured it was too good to be true! I’ll be mounting a Bosch 1617 ESVPK under my table.

I appreciate the offer Bill but good ole BigRedKnothead is gonna send me his old router plate so it seems like my question has been answered! Haha

Ill post some pics once I get it all finished up.

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