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i just joined here and have a question/ problem maybe someone has ideas for. i have a mint condition 20 year old elu 3304, same as the MOF 96. until last week it's been in original box, it was used for 1 dresser project in '97... it truly is a thing of beauty! i pulled it out at long last, finally returning to woodworking. i rabetted the edge on 10 sheets and my dog got caught on the cord and knocked it off my bench onto the concrete floor the baseplate bent slightly, but noticeably, on one corner. i have searched online, replacements are available from the UK, at a ridiculous cost, but contrary to my assumptions it is not fixed with hex screws but rather pinned on. one is a thru pin i could knock out. the second, oddly enough, dead ends so i have no clue how to remove it??? i have considered makng a secondary plate and shimming it as an option. i am not a router expert, in fact i am really just a newbie! but i found this site and thought one of your brilliant experienced minds might have some ideas. replacing this with made in china junk just doesn't seem like an option. and i cannot afford a festool...

any thoughts or ideas would be so greatly appreciated! thanks for your time, tracy
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It's possible that one of our UK members has a dead one you could get the base off of cheap. Shipping would still be a bit pricey.

The extra base is a decent idea. Many users add offset bases onto their router anyway for better control when working on edges. Levelling an offset base should be fairly easy if even necessary.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Welcome to the forum, Tracy.

20 year old...maybe lucky.....

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Hi, Tracy; welcome!
Can you take some pictures of the damage for us?

You can post them if they're on your own hardrive. (If they aren't you might have to wait until you've made at least 10 comments...just say Hi to other newcomers.
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A good buddy of mine would use a hammer to fix it. As Dan suggested, a picture might attract other (more delicate) opinions.
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Thanks guys! This is with the baseplate shimmed. 2 of the corners are out, one by ~ 1 mm the other by almost 2 mm :disappointed:. I actually did try the vise - GENTLY - but no go. Too much pressure will crack it for sure. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! The pics aren't great, I can try some more...
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Do you have the plate level and square? You can check level with a straight edge across several different directions and you can check square by chucking a drill bit the size of your collet and putting a square against it from several different angles. If it's good I think I would try filling the gaps with two part metalized epoxy although something like silicone would probably work too.

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thanks Charles! it is level and square, that sounds like a great idea! only problem is i can't use theedge fence now as the holes don't line up...
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At least 1/2 our members never use it anyway. You can use a straight edge longer than than the edge you would use the edge guide on and that solves the problem of the digs that happen when 1/2 the edge guide passes the end of your board. Or, use bearing guided bits, or use a router table. Not being able to use the edge guide is not a deal breaker.

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