I am about to embark on making a router table and have plenty of plans from which to get ideas. I intend to use an insert plate. I have two questions of you:
1. Are there any recommendations for make and model of plate. Metal vs plastic vs phenolic?
2. To cut the hole and the recess for the plate in the top all of the plans I have suggest using a router pattern / template to finish the job after I have roughed out the hole. That’s good advice. However, as a neophyte, How do I make the template so that it matches the plate I end up with? Nowhere can I find instructions on how to make pattern templates. In effect what I will be doing is cutting a radiused corner rectangle in a piece of plywood. But how do you make sure that it is exactly the right size and the edges are smooth for the pattern bit to follow? It seems to me that you need another pattern to make the pattern, which becomes a circular argument.
I hope I don’t sound too dumb!
-- Max, New Zealand