Hi there you guys. I am new to the forum, I already introduce myself in the introduction forum, but now I am into my routing 101 questions. OK, i have a Crafstman model 171 router that I bought maybe three years ago along with one of the small plastic router table. However, it is now when I am going to use it for the first time. Between then and now I discarded the table and kept the router and I do not know if the router brought its plate or not , or if i discarded it along with the table; so final result I have a brand new old router without plate much less a sub base plate.
Number one: Do I need to find or make a plate or I can make a sub base plate and put it directly on the router without the primary base?
Also, I cannot post pictures yet because this is my second thread, but my router's base has a buch of holes underneath of different sizes and in different positions,
Number two: What are there for and wich ones do I need to use to attach a sub base plate?
Finally I have read some of the old threads about the sub base plate subject and I have desided to go with an Idea that Noob posted which is a square sub base plate with diferent distances between the router tip and each side of the sub base plate.
Number three: is that a good idea for a newbie? and how can I attached it if I do not know what holes to use of those underneath my router base.
I hope I am not to much of a burden by asking too many questiosn at onece.
Thank you so much
Hi Alfredo - Welcome to the forum
I'll agree with Marco about picking up a Milescraft base plate. Since you haven't got a base plate for a pattern, that's about the quickest way up the learning curve. Plus, you end up with a set of guide bushings, a centering pin and some rudimentary instructions. Chances are, since the router was part of a table package, it never had a base plate included with it. As far as the table goes, most of the little plastic ones Sears hawks make good footstools but little else. As Marco indicated, you can pick up a table plate from several differents sources and either build your own table or purchase a manufactured one. Many of the manufactured ones are offered as a package which includes a fence and table plate.
Square baseplate for a newbie is actually a pretty good one. You will want to acquire an understanding of offsets to go with it though. Just like with bushings, the distance from the edge of the plate to the edge of the cut will change with the bit diameter.
Once again, welcome to the forum
I counted four questions, you have 97 more
By the way, I don't think you are restricted from posting pictures. My understanding is the posting requirement just applies to links.