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Forum topic by Troy Cleckler posted 12-18-2014 04:16 AM 727 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Troy Cleckler

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12-18-2014 04:16 AM

I’ve purchased the cast iron router wing from MLCS and I think I’m gonna like it just fine. I got it mounted tonight and now I’ve got a question about the plate. The table only has a step or rabbit, for lack of a better word, that is smoth with no threaded holes for hold downs or leveler screws. Any suggestions on what to use?

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....


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#1 posted 12-18-2014 07:43 PM

You really do not need hold down screws as the weight of the router or, router and lift, attached to the plate will hold it down in the rabbit.

As far as leveling, some plates have socket set screws along the edges of the plate insert with locking nuts on the underside which would rest on the rabbit much like a table saw insert and some have set screws with locking nuts in the rabbit. I would check with MCLS to see what they say as I am not familiar with their product. Both of my cast iron router tables\ tops have the set screws in the rabbit of the table.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 10:19 PM

The problem is that the plate is 1/36” or a little better smaller than opening. I’ve decided the best solution is to tap the 1/4” holes in the plate and use 5/16” socket screws to level and tap aluminum bars for corner hold downs. We’ll see how that works.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 10:43 PM

I assume you will be using fine thread Nyloc socket set screws or some sort of liquid thread lock to reduce the chance of vibration changing your height adjustment in the aluminum plate?

Is the plate from MCLS or another supplier?

I would like to know how you like it once you get it up and running pros and cons, if any.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 10:51 PM

I’ll use thread locker. The plate is a Freud that I had in another table and it’s 9×12”. That’s why I decided to go with this table wing and use my current set up of plate and router. Trying to keep cost down. I haven’t been able to read much about this brand of table so I thought I’d do a little write up when I’m done. I’ve been taking some pics from box to parts layout to install. I’m actually impressed with quality of it all right now. Keeping in mind that I’ve not actually used it yet but it does work as a table so far. Ha!

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#5 posted 12-19-2014 01:42 AM

Tapped the 1/4” holes around the plate and used set screws to level plate, worked like a champ. Will still have to anchor it down but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#6 posted 12-19-2014 02:04 AM

Glade to hear it.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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