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A member is about to mount his new MAKITA router into a table. Here is but one Youtube video showing how it's done.

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I did my table pretty much the same way but I had a brainstorm when it came to leveling it. Instead of what he did I just screwed about 6 wood screws into the rabbet (rebate for you guys) letting the plate sit on the heads and then turned the heads up or down until I had my plate level. That worked as well or better than any other method I've tried and it was by far the simplest.
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I did my table pretty much the same way but I had a brainstorm when it came to leveling it. Instead of what he did I just screwed about 6 wood screws into the rabbet (rebate for you guys) letting the plate sit on the heads and then turned the heads up or down until I had my plate level. That worked as well or better than any other method I've tried and it was by far the simplest.
I would have thought that six screws would be difficult to have them all touching the plate, whereas one in each corner is a doddle Charles.
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I've just had a thought, why are screws needed if the rebate is routed similar to this.
If a corner of the plate is used to set the depth of cut, similar to that shown, then the plate will be flush with the table top.
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I just made sure my support web was totally flat on top. Then glued the three part top on, and all came out flat. For the plate opening I had the support come out just past the top so the plate dropped onto that. Again, all flat. Top and plate 1/2" plywood. I didn't know when I made it you were supposed to have some sort of adjustment to be sure all is flat.

At least that's how I think I made it. It's flat anyway. When I do things like that I just sort of get in a trance, and when I finish I don't actually know how I did whatever.

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I would have thought that six screws would be difficult to have them all touching the plate, whereas one in each corner is a doddle Charles.
I think the reason I went with more is because I was going to use one of those cheap Grizzly plates and I didn't want it sagging. It might have been overkill but I tend to be predisposed towards overkill by nature. It actually didn't take very long at all to get level and it stays level. Machine screws have a habit of loosening under vibration and if you use a locking nut to hold them in position you often have a problem with the bolt height changing as you tighten the nut and remove any backlash between the threads. There is so much friction between the wood screw threads and the mdf substrate that there are no worries at all about them rotating out.

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I've just had a thought, why are screws needed if the rebate is routed similar to this.
If a corner of the plate is used to set the depth of cut, similar to that shown, then the plate will be flush with the table top.
That looks like an awesome idea - I wouldn't have even thought of it. I might try that when my insert arrives (ordered it last night).
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I've just had a thought, why are screws needed if the rebate is routed similar to this.
If a corner of the plate is used to set the depth of cut, similar to that shown, then the plate will be flush with the table top.
Guess what I found in the Router Magic book by Bill Hylton?
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It's nice to know that I use the same method as a respected published author Steve.
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