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I can see that you would want to center the base plate on your router, and I understand how you could do that on a blank plate before you drill the mounting holes. What I wonder about is how you would center one that is already drilled. MLCS has a PC style universal plate that comes with a centering tool. Is the tool just to help you figure out which of the dozen or so holes to use or is it possible to shift the plate after the screws are snug but not tight? If so, I'd be a little concerned about how well it is going to stay centered.
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Hi Russ

Once you button it down it will stay in place..
Tool, yes ,it will let you spin the plate to get it to line up on the screw holes, if you are talking about the base plate on the router.

The mounting plate for the router table, some times you will need to drill the holes over size a little bit to get it to line up with the center hole..

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I can see that you would want to center the base plate on your router, and I understand how you could do that on a blank plate before you drill the mounting holes. What I wonder about is how you would center one that is already drilled. MLCS has a PC style universal plate that comes with a centering tool. Is the tool just to help you figure out which of the dozen or so holes to use or is it possible to shift the plate after the screws are snug but not tight? If so, I'd be a little concerned about how well it is going to stay centered.



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Hi Russ

Once you button it down it will stay in place..
Tool, yes ,it will let you spin the plate to get it to line up on the screw holes, if you are talking about the base plate on the router.

The mounting plate for the router table, some times you will need to drill the holes over size a little bit to get it to line up with the center hole..

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So, is this a must have item or would a set of PC style brass bushings and a 1/4 or 1/2 in drill bit do the trick?
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No it's not a must have item and the guides will do the job just fine.

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I put a Jasper base plate on my Bosch 1617 so I could use PC guides. It was way off center. I had one of those centering sticks so I loosened the pllate and put a guide in that would accept the stick tightly. The plate pretty much centered itself so I just tightened it up. Not a problem since.

In place of a centering stick (or whatever they are called), you could probably use a drill bit. Just make sure it fits tightly in the guide.
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