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Forum topic by jacobgerlach posted 12-14-2013 05:17 PM 1094 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2013 05:17 PM

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Hi all,

Looking at expanding to have router table capability. Since I have a very small garage shop, I think I’d like to use a TS wing setup like some that I’ve seen here on LJ. I have a Ridgid R4512 and it looks like several folks have added router setups with success.

I’m a little confused on plates vs lifts. It seems that a lift moves your entire router to set your bit height instead of adjusting the bit height relative to the router’s base plate?

I have the Bosch 1617 router kit. The fixed base has a screw attachment to the fine adjust, so it seems like if whatever plate/lift I get has a hole there, I would be able to do above table height adjustments.

I’d rather not buy a 2nd router just yet, but I know people recommend it to avoid having to swap the router out for freehand work. If one type of plate/lift makes this easier, that would be helpful.

I’m planning on mounting whatever I get in 3/4” MDF since I have some on hand.

Any tips or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I’d like to keep it under $200 if possible, but could bump up a little if it’s worth it.


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#1 posted 12-14-2013 05:52 PM

I build mine out of ply, a $20 plate and it’s absolutely fine. I do have the same TS and router. I do that as a hobby so a second router for me would be unjustified. If I were in a production environment I would certainly revise my judgment.
If I had to do it again I would put some melamine or formica on it. I did not have any (still don’t) when I made it, just for an aesthetic point of view. I wax mine to the point it’s very “slippery”. Good luck in your build

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 05:53 PM

I’d suggest you just get a plate that lets you use that routers built in capabilities. Whether you use a lift or not, the entire router will move to adjust the bit’s cutting depth. Most lifts would have you take your router motor out of it’s base and clamp it into the lift. So if you choose that kind of lift, the dual functionality of the router might not be so handy. There have been a few lifts made for plunge routers, in which case the existing base is used, and the lift moves the motor up/down on the router’s posts. Couple of suggestion: look for an aluminum plate, they are generally a little more durable than the phenolic ones. Obviously you want it made for your particular router. Then it will have a hole for your table adjust as well as be drilled for your routers base plate screw holes for mounting. Also, I would have more than just a single piece of MDF for a table. It will work, but may be susceptible to not being flat over time. You might reinforce with angle iron, or make it thicker.

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 07:28 PM

Lepelerin, what plate did you get for $20? Sounds like a great solution to me.

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 08:07 PM

Rockler has a router plate for the Bosch 1617, it costs $60, it has been many years since I’ve seen router plates for $20. The Rockler plates are very well made.

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 08:23 PM

That Rockler plate seems like a pretty good solution. $60 plus time to rout a cutout for it in some MDF is a nice budget solution too. Plus, it works with some other routers if I decide to buy a second one at some point down the line.

Anyone have any good alternatives?

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 08:35 PM

Here is an example of a Ridgid R4512 with the router extension wing. I used 1-⅛” melamine and a Kreg router lift. Substantially more than 200 dollars but well worth it in my opinion. I also can’t comment about the ease of swapping out routers because I put a PC 7518 in it and couldn’t be happier. I have a DeWalt 618 with all three bases for doing freehand work. I used to have to swap out my router in my old table, space and convenience became an issue. So I bit the bullet and added the extension wing. Saves space and time on set ups.

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#7 posted 12-14-2013 09:17 PM

Here is the link of the insert plate I got a couple of years ago. It’s all that I need. Very solid, does not flex and on the underside it tells you where to drill for different models of router if you want to use the lift. Easy to do it.

I do not know where you live. This is a Canadian store but there is the equivalent in the states if this is where you reside.

Hope it helps

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