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I just ordered the rockler mounting plate for the router table I am trying to build. I didn't order the template for it because a lot of reviewers that did, said when they used it, along with the 1/2" pattern cutting bit...sold seperately, the router plate had a 1/16" slack around it. Does that mean you are supposed to use a guide bushing or something, or is the template too big.

I was wondering because I had read some messages on here about offsets and stuff when you use patterns.... there is alot of good advice on the forum by the way..being new to routing and the forum I need all I can get.

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I just ordered the rockler mounting plate for the router table I am trying to build. I didn't order the template for it because a lot of reviewers that did, said when they used it, along with the 1/2" pattern cutting bit...sold seperately, the router plate had a 1/16" slack around it. Does that mean you are supposed to use a guide bushing or something, or is the template too big.

I was wondering because I had read some messages on here about offsets and stuff when you use patterns.... there is alot of good advice on the forum by the way..being new to routing and the forum I need all I can get.

Thanks

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A very easy way is to make a template is by cutting four pieces of MDF such that when glued together will produce the correct size opening and this is calculated by this simple formula: diameter of guide minus diameter of straight bit plus the size of the required opening. For example, if we require an opening 11" x 10.5" and we use a 1" guide with a 1/4" bit, we have the following:

1" -1/4" + 11" = 11 3/4"

1" - 1/4" +10.5" = 11 1/4"

this means that using the above combination of guide/bit, an opening in the template of 11.75" x 11.25" will result in a routed opening measuring 11" x 10.5"
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Hi Tommy

Sounds like it's to big, just make your own template see below.


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I just ordered the rockler mounting plate for the router table I am trying to build. I didn't order the template for it because a lot of reviewers that did, said when they used it, along with the 1/2" pattern cutting bit...sold seperately, the router plate had a 1/16" slack around it. Does that mean you are supposed to use a guide bushing or something, or is the template too big.

I was wondering because I had read some messages on here about offsets and stuff when you use patterns.... there is alot of good advice on the forum by the way..being new to routing and the forum I need all I can get.

Thanks

Tommy


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Tommy, the Rockler templates are too big. I had that problem with the oversized aluminum plate for my PC7518. It is more like 1/32" on two sides. This can be corrected with some shims. I noticed it didn't make any difference once the 7518 was dropped in the table, it didn't move.
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Thanks for all the quick replies, I really appreciate it. I will let you know how it goes.

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