How do I cut out a router plate hole in a table saw insert?

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Forum topic by noone posted 03-18-2014 02:17 PM 1279 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2014 02:17 PM

I am making a router table insert for a Ridgid R4512 table saw and was wondering what the best way was to cut out the hole for the router plate in it.

If I make a template of the router plate by building wood around the plate, can I then use a flush trim bit to cut out the hole on the table surface? I am concerned that if I do this, the hole will be too tight to fit the plate.

Or do I need to buy router bushings to make a template by running the router around the plate?

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 02:26 PM

What you want to do is the standard practice, you want a snug fit to keep everything in place when routing. But remember you want a ledge for the plate to sit on, and the ledge must be a the right depth to keep the plate level to the table. So your flush trim bit will only be cutting 1/4-3/8” deep, depending on the plate. The larger opening can be cut out with a sabre saw.

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 05:13 PM

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 02:58 AM

Thanks for the links. Good advice in those.

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