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Building a router table

posted 12-18-2018 05:14 PM

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#1 posted 12-18-2018 05:30 PM

Congrats on the new router, you’ll love it! The fixed base gets mounted to the table. I assume you mean the plate is missing? Is it a rectangular recess in the table top? There are two common sizes, you’ll have to measure and that will narrow the choices. Post a picture and we can help you better

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#2 posted 12-18-2018 05:36 PM

Yeah, the plate is missing. I’m assuming the original owner kept his plate. I thought I had a pic handy but I do not – I’ll snap one later when I’m at home. I’ve never used a router much, and I’m sure there’s 101 things you can do with one that I didn’t even know you could. My wife is hoping I can make puzzles for our 2 year old…

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#3 posted 12-18-2018 06:18 PM

I’m not really sure how you’d make puzzles on a router table. If it helps your cause though sure you need it to round over the edges
You’re gonna want a scrolls and/or bandsaw for puzzles if you don’t already have one

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#4 posted 12-18-2018 06:25 PM

You can use the router to make puzzles using templates. But that’s not really handy unless you want to make multiples of the same one…

So is there a rectangular cutout in the table somewhere around 9×13 or is it just a 1-3” round hole? If the former, then take measurements and get a router plate that fits and you’ll mount your router to that then drop that in the recess. If the latter, then you just mount your router right to the bottom of the table.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-18-2018 08:50 PM

So, I’d like to now utilize this for my router table too, but I’m not sure what to do – so I attach the fixed base to the underside of the table? Any suggestions on throat plates?

You don’t have to attach it to the table, there is another way, you can get a router plate for you router. Rockler has them, here You will need to route a recess to accept the plate into the top of the table. Then attach the router to the router plate and drop it in.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 12-19-2018 09:31 PM

Hey guys. See attached photos. Apologies for the mess…and the table obviously wasn’t ever finished by the original owner, but can’t complain because it was free.

The opening is 11.75”x9.25”

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#7 posted 12-19-2018 11:20 PM

Cut yourself some MDF board to lay into the opening. Set your router base on the plate made, and mark a pattern for the router base, and the holes in the base, Drill the holes for the cowel or bit opening, and drill the hole for the flange screws or bolt to secure the router base, countersink the holes for the screws heads to be below or flush with the surface.

to , Don’t forget to screw the plate to the table, so it stationary and doesn’t wobble while routing.

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