Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #115: Match-Making: Ryobi Benchtop Router Table & HF 2 HP Fixed-Base Router

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 04-04-2020 07:38 PM 381 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back I acquired a Harbor Freight 2 HP single-speed fixed-base router and a variable-speed control. Yesterday I decided to see if the Ryobi face plate would mate with the HP router.

Because the screws that came with the table were either too long or too short, I had to make a trip to Lowe’s for the M5-.80×12 mm screws needed. All they had were 16 mm. I didn’t want to delay this project with an online order, so I added the HF base and used some longer screws that came with the table.

The HF plate worked, but I felt it was too thick and obstructed the router’s ability to use a wide cutting bit. I made a ring spacer from some 3/32” fiber board and used the 16 mm screws I had bought. This appeared to me to be a usable compromise.

Double-side industrial tape was used to mount the speed control to a scrap of particle board, and the board to a metal table leg. A spot was picked to work with the really short power cord that comes with the table’s power switch.

The speed control appears to transition well from low to high speed. I’ve heard some say that routers lose a lot of torque when dialed down. Soon I have to make some half-sash window replacements. That will be a good test for this setup.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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