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Yet Another Router Table Project #4: Holy Plate

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Blog entry by ww_kayak posted 03-30-2008 01:17 AM 1107 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Making the router table plate Part 4 of Yet Another Router Table Project series Part 5: Back to WOOD working »

Well, the plate making actually went smoother than I thought, although I did forget to drill one hole. The main reason I bought the Milwaukee was to avoid buying a lift. It provides a top access hole to raise and lower the bit… and that is the hole I forgot, DOH!

Center Punch

Hole Cutter

doink

Insert Recess

Screw Holes

Plate

Mounted

Low View
DOH!
Lift

-- Tom, Central New York



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Will Mego

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 02:06 AM

That is mucho cool. I wish I had that! Plus, I could watch that tool spin for hours….
Bet you could get a sideline making us router plates for cash…I can’t seem to spot any that really catch my eye. Some don’t even look flat! Yours is nice!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 02:59 AM

Tom,

Your talents never cease to amaze me. That is a very nice plate you have made. I can’t wait to see the finished table.

-- 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 03-30-2008 03:28 AM

Wow.

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 03:44 AM

wow that is amazing. i wonder if i have any machinist buddies who could do that. hmm…... great job and thanks for the post!

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GaryK

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 07:11 AM

Great looking plate. Nice job machining it.

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

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windpro

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 03:21 PM

What kind of milling bit did you use to ream out the shelf on the aluminum hole you cut

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ww_kayak

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 04:30 PM

It is a boring head. Basically a straight vertical bar(boring bar) with a piece of carbide on it is attached to the head. The bar is offset from the centerline of the head in small increments. This was not the best tool to make that shelf with, but it worked. Basically I moved the cutter out 30-50 thousands and plunged to the depth of the shelf. Then did it again, and again, and again…

-- Tom, Central New York

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windpro

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#8 posted 06-25-2008 07:50 PM

I don’t have that set up yet and it seems too expensive for me to purchase for such a limited use for me. Thanks for the reply

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ww_kayak

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#9 posted 06-25-2008 07:58 PM

A rotary table would be even better, but I got the cheap import version of the boring head for a whole lot cheaper than the cost of one of those babies.

-- Tom, Central New York

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windpro

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#10 posted 06-26-2008 12:39 PM

I have considered trying to rotate the piece but the plate is just a little too large to rotate between the cutter and the trunk of the mill. Where is a good source for the import version of the boring heads?

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 06-27-2008 04:59 AM

I am envious.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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