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Yet Another Router Table Project #3: Making the router table plate

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Blog entry by ww_kayak posted 2210 days ago 2848 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, slight diversion, I know this overkill, but it is fun. I decided to make my own router plate because I was able to pick up a piece of T6 ( almost 3/8” thick) on the cheap. The plate will be just under 9×12 and I have enough to make either 2 plates and a couple rings, or 1 plate and a bunch of rings. How many of the insert rings do most of you really use? and what sizes?

Plate1

plate2

plate3

penny

Cutting
Rugh cut…
size

finish
finish cuts…
router

Tomorrow I’ll make some holes…

-- Tom, Central New York



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GaryK

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#1 posted 2210 days ago

Check Woodpeckers site to see what rings they offer, and what they supply with their tables.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2210 days ago

Tom,

You have too much time on your hands!! :) I cannot ever remember anyone making their own router plates. But go for it. I really don’t use any inserts. I run two tables. One has a 1.5” opening for round overs, flush trim bits, ... basically small profile bits. The other table has a 4” opening for my raised panel bit.

To tell the truth after I am seriously thinking about making a table with several replaceable tops and dedicating each top to a specific bit. This saves setup time and they can be stored in a relative small area. I currently have 5 routers so several sit idle a lot of the time anyway.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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rikkor

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#3 posted 2210 days ago

This is an ambitious project. I get by with two inserts, like Scott.

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 2210 days ago

wow that is a great project. i’m looking to build a router table to so its cool to see things like this made. thanks for the post.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2209 days ago

Nice project!
You have to make your own plates, otherwise your milling machine would be sitting idle.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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joey

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#6 posted 2209 days ago

I made mine out of a piece T6 1/4 plate I didn’t access to a mill or I would made my own rings also I cut a 2 1/2” hole I was hoping to later figure out a ring system for it. I repair a friends computer in trade for enough alum to make 2 plates and several rings, he worked at a shop that build custom dragsters parts. so far I been please with mine, I haven’t gotten any makes on the wood from the alum like everyone said I would, but if ever became a problem I was just going to put a piece of laminate on it.

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Joey

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ww_kayak

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#7 posted 2209 days ago

Good point about the marks, joey. I think I’ll polish it up and wax it, that should prevent most of it. I think I’ll draw the line at Anodizing it myself, although … I did find a great site explaining how to do it ;)

-- Tom, Central New York

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