I need a clear base plate for Bosch RA1166 plunge base for 1617EVS

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07-17-2015 02:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bosch router 1617 ra1166 base plate question

I want a clear base plate that will fit (pre-drilled) for the Bosch RA1166 plunge base that came with my Bosch 1617EVS. It would be awesome if it had the catch pin to fit porter cable style bushings (so the bushing catches on the indentation in the porter cable bushings). I have a clear plate for the fixed base but the mounting holes on the plunge base don’t match up with the pre-drilled holes on the clear base. Can’t find one. The ones I find are pre-drilled for the 1617 and 1617EVS but the mounting holes on the fixed base and the plunge base are different. Thanks. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 02:49 PM

Have you tried contacting Pat Warner? He has bases for Bosch 1617 routers. Not sure if they are for the EVS but he would know or could possibly head you in the right direction.

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 05:42 PM

I make my own. Really easy too. Big box store sells the clear plastic.
circle jig, or even cut it on a table saw and leave it square.
I have made a them rectangular to give an more stable hand hold. Keep the router
from Tipping while doing edge work. Really cheap too.

-- John

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 11:20 PM

Yeah, why buy them?

You ought to be able to make on easily.

Use the stock base plate to locate the holes and you’re done!!

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 11:31 PM

Yep, do above, but spec out 1/4”clear polycarbonate as the material to use. It’s literally bullet proof at 3/4” for rifle bullets. It has a slight blue/green cast to it, especially on the edge. It just doesn’t break….......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 07-18-2015 12:23 AM

Woodcraft sells a universal clear base plate that should fit you criteria.

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#6 posted 07-18-2015 01:28 AM

I have the one from woodcraft mentioned above. Fits both fixed and plunge bases of my 1617. Works really well.

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#7 posted 07-24-2015 08:09 AM

I ordered the woodcraft plate. Thx for the suggestions. I thought about making one but I didn’t feel comfortable cutting the plastic. May try it in the future.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#8 posted 07-24-2015 04:19 PM

I’ve used Plexiglas to make several router bases. Just use the original base to trace the holes; cut, drill, countersink and your good to go.

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#9 posted 07-25-2015 02:08 PM

I bet that will be a good base plate. Cutting plastic with your wood tools works fine. i was given the idea, and made one in a router class that I took awhile back. I would have never thought to try it. Same as wood in many ways.
Thin plastic and thin wood act the same on your table saw. That’s the only tricky part. firm control so it doesn’t chip.
To make a round plate, I cut a square to size. Double stick tape an old plate to it, and flush trim cut it out. drill the holes while it is still taped. then drill a hole in the center just big enough for the bearing on a round over bit to fit through it. Mount it to a router base and slowly run the round over bit through it. That router class I took was amazing. Good luck, and stay safe.

-- John

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