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Forum topic by EarlS posted 03-10-2016 12:40 PM 915 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2016 12:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bench dog question

I finally broke down and bought the Bench Dog cast iron router table and lift from Rockler. As advertised, the insert rings are REALLY flimsy, made from a soft flexible plastic. I’ve been looking all over the internet for a polycarbonate ring that will work. The inert ring is 4-3/8” with 3 screws set in a triangular pattern around the outer edge (not sure what the exact radius is for the holes). Anyway, I can’t find anything that is out there that is an after-market option. I have a friend that works at a machine shop and I am considering having the shop make me a set of aluminum inserts.

Should I be using aluminum for the insert ring?

Does anyone know of an after-market insert ring that would work?

Any other thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 03-10-2016 01:25 PM

I don’t see why you’d want to avoid aluminum rings in this application. Their function almost couldn’t be more fundamental. The only “must”, regardless of material, is that sit flush and level to the plate.

Good luck

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 04:45 PM

Earl the problem with aluminum is it is a sticky soft metal and uncoated it will leave dark gray marks on your wood as it is moved over the aluminum and if a piece of hard sap or a grain of dirt gets under the wood it will scratch your wood. Remember your old rioby saw top. Dad

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