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01-01-2013 03:37 AM

Hey guys,
I’m working on my new router table and its going well. I have pretty much everything finished minus the router insert. I considered building a lift, but I don’t think I’m at that skill level yet to build one.
My question is what kind of insert plate would you guys on LG’s recommend? I am concerned about price (I’d like to not spend over 70$ with shipping, but something cheaper would be nice. It has to obviously be sturdy, and have interchangeable rings for different size bits.
So fire away at your suggestions guys!

-- Why am I wearing a respirator? Because Sawdust is DANGEROUS!

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 04:10 PM

The Kreg insert plate is just over your budget, but it is a great insert plate. Just make sure it fits your router before purchasing it.

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 04:33 PM

Aj, you’re my brother, I think if you really had a suggestion you would just tell me in real life. (n00b)
Lol just kidding. (A.J. Really is my brother, no joke) I’m considering the kreg model, but with all the other popular models like Rockler, Bech Dog, Jessem, ect. I just want to know what you guys would suggest, and why one is better than the other.

-- Why am I wearing a respirator? Because Sawdust is DANGEROUS!

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 04:42 PM

If your just looking for and insert any of the manufaturer’s make good plates.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 04:43 PM

I used the Lee Valley round insert in my shop built table. Very inexpensive, and has held up well for several years. Part # 05J25.01-$42.50.
Great instructions, and it fit dead on first time.
I have a Freud VS router in the table with no sag at all.

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 04:45 PM

I have had a Bench Dog aluminum plate in service for years. It works great, and since it is thick aluminum it never sags. I had to re-drill it for my Freud Router, however it fits many popular routers. The insert rings are especially nice. They are interchangeable with three small allen screws. I don’t change them that often, but it is nice to be able to accomodate a large panel raising bit occasionally.

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 05:10 PM

Incra with the magnalock rings.

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 09:15 PM

+1 on the incra magnalock plate. It’s pricey, but will hold it’s resale value and the system they use for the changeable rings is the best in the business. Rare earth magnets hold them in place, and they’re also adjustable for level with the plate too. All the other plates I can think of have a compromise in one way or another.

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 09:54 PM

I made one out of 1/4” lexan that worked well for several years. Until I replaced it with a rockler plate with a lift.

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 10:05 PM

Hartville makes a nice looking one and shipping is always free. I have a Rockler one that I got when they had them on sale for $25 or whatever it was.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 10:40 PM

+3 on the incra magnalock plate.

If you plan on getting the best out of it, metal inserts instead of plastic, magnetic instead of screws holding them…

Its like buying a router, what do you plan on doing with it…

I bought one from Rockler with all size insert plates, plus afew blank, I noticed the plastic was alittle higher than the plate. (I wanted the screw in, instead of snap or twist in, better fit)

incra magnalock plate has leveling screws going all around the plate (3/8” thick)...

Its like the BMW of router Plates… It is above your budget but I was in your shoes when I want’d a plate, wish I got the magnalock first…

-- Rick

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#11 posted 01-02-2013 12:37 AM

I really like the look of the magnalock plate, but it’s out of my price range.
From the looks of it, I’m liking the Jessem one on Amazon for 60$ It includes all the hardware needed, and has free shipping.
There is the link.
What do you guys think of that one?

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#12 posted 01-02-2013 12:53 AM

+4 on the Incra plate. I’ve been where you are, went cheaper, and found the limitations of the inserts for the plate I originally bought. I’ve since replaced it, the inserts, and the table with one from Incra. If you are doing a cost / benefit analysis, look at the purchase this way: buy a less expensive plate for $60, struggle with it to get it to do what you want, and end up with a set up that does not really perform that well. End up spending ANOTHER $100 to get the right plate and 3 magnetic, leveling inserts. So you end up spending $160 for the same system that will initially cost $100 ($40 more than the Jessem), and not get an adjustable and repeatable tool.

Anyway, my 2 cents…...

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#13 posted 01-02-2013 01:03 AM

I am loking for the same part scrappy was looking for his wood lathe 1/2×20 male post on the end of the tailstock screw any help from anyone thanks

-- littlelady

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#14 posted 01-02-2013 01:08 AM

It’s so easy, and admittedly fun, to spend someone else’s money.

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#15 posted 01-02-2013 01:30 AM

Good and cheap almost never come together, but with router table plates it is possible. Look for a local manufacturer who works in plastics. My source is a local place that uses, among other things, a variety of high density material for auto parts shipping / dunnage. They’ll turn scraps of 3/8 material into router table insert blanks. Two bucks. Think of a plastic cutting board and you have the idea.

If you’re learning then start cheap and easy (including a cutting board). Two dollar router table insert is better than 70+ if you’re so green that you don’t yet know if a router table will see enough use in your shop to warrant a big investment.

FWW when I started out I built a table with a plywood top and luan insert. I mastered the tool and the simple design stuck. Table top n insert today are a bit more sophisticated, but I’m using skill and good set-up blocks to get results of which I’m very proud… for maybe a forty-dollar investment. The router is extra, of course, but the point is that imagination and patience can save you hundreds.

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