Yet Another Router Table Project #3: Making the router table plate

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Blog entry by ww_kayak posted 03-29-2008 05:55 AM 6094 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, slight diversion, I know this overkill, but it is fun. I decided to make my own router plate because I was able to pick up a piece of T6 ( almost 3/8” thick) on the cheap. The plate will be just under 9×12 and I have enough to make either 2 plates and a couple rings, or 1 plate and a bunch of rings. How many of the insert rings do most of you really use? and what sizes?





Rugh cut…

finish cuts…

Tomorrow I’ll make some holes…

-- Tom, Central New York

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 05:57 AM

Check Woodpeckers site to see what rings they offer, and what they supply with their tables.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 06:29 AM


You have too much time on your hands!! :) I cannot ever remember anyone making their own router plates. But go for it. I really don’t use any inserts. I run two tables. One has a 1.5” opening for round overs, flush trim bits, ... basically small profile bits. The other table has a 4” opening for my raised panel bit.

To tell the truth after I am seriously thinking about making a table with several replaceable tops and dedicating each top to a specific bit. This saves setup time and they can be stored in a relative small area. I currently have 5 routers so several sit idle a lot of the time anyway.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 11:07 AM

This is an ambitious project. I get by with two inserts, like Scott.

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 03:36 PM

wow that is a great project. i’m looking to build a router table to so its cool to see things like this made. thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 05:08 PM

Nice project!
You have to make your own plates, otherwise your milling machine would be sitting idle.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 06:11 PM

I made mine out of a piece T6 1/4 plate I didn’t access to a mill or I would made my own rings also I cut a 2 1/2” hole I was hoping to later figure out a ring system for it. I repair a friends computer in trade for enough alum to make 2 plates and several rings, he worked at a shop that build custom dragsters parts. so far I been please with mine, I haven’t gotten any makes on the wood from the alum like everyone said I would, but if ever became a problem I was just going to put a piece of laminate on it.



-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 12:56 AM

Good point about the marks, joey. I think I’ll polish it up and wax it, that should prevent most of it. I think I’ll draw the line at Anodizing it myself, although … I did find a great site explaining how to do it ;)

-- Tom, Central New York

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