Router base/insert plate questions

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Forum topic by Ryan23 posted 12-27-2013 06:43 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2013 06:43 PM

Hello to everyone!

I am just starting to get into woodworking projects and was given a DW 616 for Christmas. I would like to make a table saw and router combo station that I found in one of my woodworking magazines. The router I have comes with a fixed base, however, I am confused as to what to use for a insert plate and if I need a different base for the router itself. ANY help with this and exactly how to attach it to table would be greatly appreciated. I was planning on using my old kitchen countertop for this project, but would be open to any other ideas. Thank you!

-- Ryan, South Dakota

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 07:20 PM

Just remove the sub base from the router. Then buy a router table insert. I like the Bench Dog brand table inserts. Rockler makes them as well. The good ones are 1/4” thick aluminum.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 07:23 PM

If you choose an insert, it will replace the sub base (the black plastic part) on the router. The insert should already have holes drilled in it that will allow you to attach the router’s base to the insert. The insert will need an opening cut into the extension wing. This opening needs to match the insert plate’s size fairly precisely so it won’t move around when you are routing. The opening is normally rough cut with a jig saw, and then routed to size with a flush trim bit and either a template from the insert plate’s manufacturer, or you can do one your self. That opening will need a little ledge in it for the plate to sit in, and that ledge needs to match the thickness of the plate. A kitchen countertop will have high pressure laminate on it, and it’s great for a router table. However, the material itself may not be thick enough to router and stay flat. Anyway, just some opening thoughts for you to ponder.

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 11:05 PM

Thanks for the advice fellas. Fred the counter top is 3/4” thick. The style I would like to build is from the “Table Saw Secrets” magazine titled table saw workcenter. My table saw is a Craftsman Limited Edition 10” model number 137.218250. A gentlemen who is an architect and has a woodworking shop sold it to me for a very fair price recently. I am assuming I will have to make some modifications to it for this project.

-- Ryan, South Dakota

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