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Is a 9x12" piece of 1/2" thick birch plywood (7 layers) rigid enough to be used as an insert plate for a router and wooden lift? How would it compare to a congruent (as in same size and shape) piece of 3/8" phenolic?

I know Theo (JOAT) uses a home made plywood plate on his custom table, but his router doesn't include a lift, so I thought I'd put it out there for general discussion.
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Chris, it is hard to beat the Grizzly mounting plate. Different sized openings for using large bits, uses PC style guide bushings, easily adaptable to the larger Oak Park/Lee Valley style and it sells for $13.

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Mike, I fully expected you you recommend that. What size is it? I have a custom router life I need to fit to it.
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They told me on the phone just now 9 x 12, they're on back order (14 total as of 5 mins ago), shipment due in next week, I'll call back then.

Mike what kind of goodies does Grizzly give you for advertising? I need to get in on some of that action with a vendor, haha!
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Grizzly doesn't give me a thing Brett. Thank BJ (BobJ3) for finding this deal. If I find a better deal I will be happy to mention it instead.

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Grizzly doesn't give me a thing Brett. Thank BJ (BobJ3) for finding this deal. If I find a better deal I will be happy to mention it instead.
There's a name for people with that kind of attitude!!

I'd call it FRIEND!!!

Thanks Mike, and Bob, and Harry, and....the rest of you. My next few plates with be the Grizzly, already eying the top i'm gonna convert.

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that is all well and good, but it doesn't answer the question i asked

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The Phenolic surface will be better suited to a router insert but why not glue up another layer of baltic ply underneath to be on the safe side?
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Chris--i was just thinking...if you're building a wooden lift, could you incorporate a mount to the underside of the table itself and ease the potential weight on the insert?

Not sure it could work but if it could the insert could be very light.
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I know Theo (JOAT) uses a home made plywood plate on his custom table, but his router doesn't include a lift, so I thought I'd put it out there for general discussion.
Correct, mine does not include a lift. Seeing as how it lifts out, and goes back in, so easily, a lift is not a necessity, or even desired - and that's one less thing to worry about and mess with.

At the present I have three plates, with a separate router attached to each, each with a different type bit. If/when I get another type of bit, I'll get my other router mounted to a plate. Yank a plate with router out, drop a different plate with router in. Simple, one bit, one router; three bits, three routers.

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