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Forum topic by Micah posted 06-11-2021 04:54 AM 491 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah

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06-11-2021 04:54 AM

Anyone know where I can get an extra wide acrylic base plate for my Festool OF 1400 router to help me maintain an even 90 degree angle for cutting a bunch of Kaizen foam I’ve got? I found this one from Eagle America via google. I guess this is close to what I’m looking for, but maybe something that’s a little wider would be better.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!


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#1 posted 06-11-2021 05:04 AM

I guess I could just buy a price of 12” x 12” acrylic and make my own base extension. If I do go that route, how would I go about countersinking mounting hole screws in the plate? Or cutting out the hole in the center for the router bit to plunge through? Or rounding over all of the edges of the acrylic base so it doesn’t catch on the Kaizen foam when I’m cutting it with the router?

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#2 posted 06-11-2021 05:10 AM

Why not make one with a piece of Plexi glass? I’ve got 3 different bases for my routers and plan on a couple for my new palm router.

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#3 posted 06-11-2021 05:24 AM

I guess I could just buy a price of 12” x 12” acrylic and make my own base extension.

The ones you pointed to above are pretty much just that, a piece of acrylic, and you have the option of them putting the center hole in for you or not. You will still have to drill and countersink the screw holes to mount. Check the installation instructions on their page.

Center hole can either be done with a drill bit (1-3/16”) or circle template and your router. Rounding the edges would be a nice touch, and again can be done with your router.

You can get a 12” X 12” piece of 3/8” clear acrylic at the BORG for $20. There are plenty of other suppliers, and you could specify a custom size if you want.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 06-13-2021 02:13 PM



I guess I could just buy a price of 12” x 12” acrylic and make my own base extension. If I do go that route, how would I go about countersinking mounting hole screws in the plate? Or cutting out the hole in the center for the router bit to plunge through? Or rounding over all of the edges of the acrylic base so it doesn’t catch on the Kaizen foam when I’m cutting it with the router?

- Micah

A drill press is the best method. A hand drill will work.

But, countersinks, forstner bits, and regular twist or brad point bits make all the holes you’ll need.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#5 posted 06-13-2021 02:22 PM

All you need to do about matching the holes is to use double sided tape. Drill your holes with a bit the same size as the existing holes, probably a #10 or 3/16”, then counter sink after done. drill out the center hole while the base and new base are stuck to the tape. Pry apart and use whatever you choose to use to round over the edges. Simple…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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