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Forum topic by ndtrek07 posted 12-31-2013 11:48 PM 3014 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2013 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router newbie base question

I’m getting ready to use my Dewalt DW618 router to put a chamfer on my workbench legs, but I’ve run into a problem. My router came with two bases: A fixed and plunge:

It also came with two lexan subbases, one with a large opening (2.5”) attached to the fixed base, and one with a small opening (1.25”) attached to the plunge base. The sub base with the small opening has 4 screw-holes (at 90 degree increments), and the sub base with the large opening has 3 screw-holes (At 120 degree increments).

The chamfer bit I have is too big for the small sub-base, so I set to moving the sub-base with the large hole to the plunge base. I then discover that the plunge router only has screw-holes that fit the sub-base with the small hole.

See: sub-base with 4 screw holes, but plunge base with only 3.

So I’m feeling a bit stuck. I can’t seem to find a dewalt sub-base that fits what I need. I’m using the plunge router because I don’t have a router table, and that seemed the best way to get a consistent chamfer across all the pieces I’m working on.

Do I need to make my own, or find a generic one that will fit? Do I use it without a sub-base at all?

I’d appreciate any recommendations – Thanks!

-- Chris

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 12:00 AM

Why can’t you use the fixed base router?

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 12:03 AM

For a chamfer the fixed base should be fine, why would you need to plunge it?

-- .. heyoka ..

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 01:58 AM

Crap, you guys are right. For some reason I had it in my head I wouldn’t be able to get the right length chamfer with the fixed base.

Well, this has been a good exercise in re-centering the sub bases. :-)

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 10:59 AM

Chris, just as a point of info. If you find you need to make a plate for something special, go to the “dollar store” and buy their cutting boards for a buck or so. You can make them anything you want cheap.

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 01:33 PM

I have read the replies to Your questions, and I will agree that the fixed base will be the best job, not that the plunge base could do it as well! The base hole does pose the problem. Howie has given a very good pointer The cutting boards are slippery and work well for many jig operations. They cut well and they wear very well. Good luck with Your project, and have a Wonderful New Year

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