Systainer router table #3: Adding a fixed base

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-01-2020 11:40 PM 920 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Systainer router table
adding a fixed base.

The China base arrived, so I could make a fixed mounted base.
This will make it no more than a click, to put the router on the table.

Crazy world, 4.99 GBP / 6.5 USD / 40 DKK, including shipping – no wonder the Western economy are falling apart…
Had to wait two weeks, but that’s more than fair at that prize.
Even comes in a nice box…

It’s a plastic base, yes so not as solid as the metal base, but it does not matter in this setup.
The base plate will be kept, for the case I need the extra option, of a transparent base.

Think I should have taken the lever closure option, but the knob is fine.

Ye, it fits perfect, only the little gear needed a washer on each side, since it was a little loose.

Of course it don’t have the same holes as Makitas base, so marking up for new once.

More marking, with a center punch.

Drillin for screws.

The new base also needed enlargement of the holes, as they were made for self cutting screws.

Counter sinking the holes.

Bolts, washers, nuts and Loctite, so it should stay in place.

We got us a router table!

Flip around to adjust, or to take the router out of the base.

Quick and easy, also for bit change.

And when not in use, the extra base just stays on the router table.
I’m a happy monkey.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps a pack from China…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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View lew's profile


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#1 posted 12-02-2020 12:58 AM

Well done, my Friend!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-02-2020 09:53 AM

Patent that! No really very good idea.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 12-02-2020 07:27 PM

Hi there,
Lew, thank you my dear kind friend. Big happy smile.
Petey, thanks a lot, I will be happy that it becomes shared, so other DIY’s can build one, but will be happy if Festool send me a big fat load of tools, then they can get the patent. Laugh.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-03-2020 03:53 AM

You’re putting a lot in that Systainer, Mads. Looks like soon you’ll need a second tub to hold the overflow. ;-)

Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-03-2020 02:30 PM

That looks very convenient. Getting it all fitted and working the way you want is the ticket. Good idea.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

View mafe's profile


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#6 posted 12-03-2020 11:35 PM

Dave, guess I’m thinking into the box and not out of it… I enjoy making this stuff, so it will be ready for the allotment in spring, keeps me busy through the dark winter. Smiles thanks.
doubleDD, yes that’s exactly the idea, to be able to work from where ever I wan’t, buy it will also be used a lot in the workshop, for all kinds of small roter jobs, already been in use a lot. Thank you.
Big smile to you both,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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