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Exclamation New base plate.

As I recently obtained a 1/4" Ozito router, I decided to make a small replacement base plate that would allow me to use the Oak Park guides in my collection.

I designed the base plate to be 6" x 6" out of 6mm acrylic that I had on hand.

I used Forster bits to cut the through hole and counter bore and I felt the end result was just great....VBG.

When I went to fit the plate to the router, I struck a problem. The gap between the existing dust collection mounting holes was not wide enough to fit the Oak Park guides. The PC style guides would fit, but now the through hole was too wide,,,,

I did not want to grind out the base of the router so had to resort to using a "universal base plate" that I had on hand that would take the PC style guides.
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I've no doubt that the Ozito power tools as sold by Bunnings represent top value for money James and even better value as new but second hand, but it's a pity that they don't do more research into what features are desired by the people who buy them. It's good to see how your skill level has increased in the past year or two James, isn't that feeling of euphoria great when a problem has been solved.

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The router only cost $25 from "Cash Converters", so I thought I may as well get some use out of it.

I want to use this one as a light router to use hand held to carve signs, hence the attempt to make a base that used template guides.

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Hi, James.

On picture six I saw that you routed the 6mm acrylic. Did you use some lubricant to do it?

I am asking because recently I bought five 12mm thick plates but I donīt know if I need some special technique to cut, drill, rout them. It was supposed that today Iīd work with them but the jet lag is affecting me seriously.

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Hi Alexis.

I drew the 6 x 6 pattern on the paper covering the acrylic and cut out with a standard metal hack saw blade. One edge was not straight. From 'right on the line' to 'about 1.5mm" off at the other end.

I used a method used by Bob and Rick using a 3/4" guide bushing and 1/2" cutter to trim the cut back to the line. The base plate is held to the long strip of acrylic with double sided tape, allowing for 1/8" offset.

I set the Triton router to the lowest speed and did not use any lubricant. I only took about 0.5mm each run.

For detailed information on working with acrylic, look for any posts by "Quillman" or check this web site:

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Default Working with polycarbonate

Hello, James.

Thank you for the info. The site you sent is impressive.

I have an insert plate made out of aluminum to be installed in my first RT but it doesnīt fit with my newest BOSH 1619EVS router. I donīt want to drill new holes on it because already it has many.

This morning I took two polycarbonate plates (300mmx300mmx12mm) that I bought in China and checked their dimensions. They have the same problem mentioned by you. I cut one polycarb plate a hair bigger than the aluminum plate to use it as a template to make a blind polycarbonate plate, then I routed to make an exact duplicate of the aluminum plate. By this way I will have standard dimensions for the insert plates. On next year I will drill the holes for my 1619EVS.

I also made an insert ring to fit in the polycarb plate.

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Nicely done. I may habe to go this route as well...darn bosch routers and their funny hole sizes.
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I have a Bosch 1617EVSPK Router and a set of Kempston 99000 10 pcs Solid Brass Template Guide Kit With Adaptor that I just had a friend buy for me in the States. The two just don't fit together. I would buy a new plate, but they don't have such things in Costa Rica. A have a piece of acrylic to make a new baseplate. How does the adaptor get secured to the new baseplate? How should I cut the acrylic (the pattern) to be able to use the guides? Can you tell I am brand new at this?
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Hi Julie.

If you take a look at the photos in my first post, you should be able to follow the method.

The adaptor does not have to be used. I do not know which router the adaptor is designed for.

The bushing is attached to the base plate with the lock nut.

First attach the router to the new base plate.
Using a v-groove bit make a slight dent in the base plate to show the dead centre point.
Clamp the base plate onto the drill press table with the 'dent' under the centre of the quill.
Using a forstner bit, make a through hole 1 3/16" diameter. Without moving the base plate, change to a 1 3/8" cutter and make a hole ONLY to the depth of the guide bushing.

You need to cut a 1 3/8" lipped hole dead centre in your base.

This may confuse you more......but with the help of the other members, you will be able to make a base plate to suit your router.

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