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Posted on Router Table Insert Cutout: Rabbet or Straight w/ levelers?

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 06:45 PM

Greetings Alan,

I’ve built about 4 router tables, and I’ve did it both ways. Lay the plate down on the top where you want to mount it,draw the outline of the plate, then move in about 1/2” all the way around, and cut a rabbit the depth of your plate. You can use a straight bit, or a spiral bit to get the cutout. But…. the easiest way I found is to lay your plate where you want it, draw the plate outline, and cut the hole all the way through… Then… make some 3/4x

3/4” cleats (2 short ones for the ends, 2 long ones for the sides), measure the thickness of the plate, and glue and screw the cleats in. Drill a hole in the corners of each cleat to fit your leveling screws (all router plates come with these), then when you put the plate in you can make the final adjustments for the plate to be level with the top…. piece of cake…. always more than one way to skin the old cat…...

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