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I am from Pretoria, South Africa.
I have fiddled with woodworking over the years, and had a fist full of other hobbies too. I now decided to clean out a bit and is getting rid of the other hobbies to gain space, time and cash for woodworking.
My tools are a sorry mix of Chinese with a smattering of good stuff. I am building a teardrop trailer and that exposed my shortage of skills, knowledge and equipment.
My first priority is a router table to help fashion some 1.2m long profiles with weird angles. I will have a few Perspex blank insert plates made so I can easily upgrade to a better (Triton) router when the time and cash comes.
My main question is what is a safe size for the cut-out in the table to allow a bigger router to drop in from above and still have a relatively small and stiff plate. The router will have to be a plunge router.

I plan to start playing with box making in the future.
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Hi Andre, really pleased to see you join the community, welcome to Router Forums!
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Welcome to the forum.

Thank you for joining us, Andre.

I have my Triton router mounted on an 11" x 11" 1/4" phenolic plate from Canada (No longer available, I believe, but easy enough to make).



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Welcome to the forum Andre.

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Hi Andre-Welcome
Have toyed with the idea of building a teardrop myself but haven't because I'm not sure my wife would sleep in something that small. They sure are neat tho-lots of nice amenities in the ones they are building now.
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Hi Andre - a welcome also from Wilderness down in the Cape - if you're ever down our way, look up the George Woodworkers at the Outeniqua Farmers Market on a Saturday morning - always happy to meet kindred souls. Rob
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Hi Andre. Nice to meet fellow Pretorians on Router Forums.
I,ve been playing with routers and router tables the last 16 years. It would be really nice to meet . You may contact me on [email protected]
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Thanks for all the welcomes guys. Really makes one feel at home.
My teardrop is to be very basic and very light to go behind a 1.4 Corsa hatch. 80% plus is built with 1/4" / 6mm ply. That is why I need to manufacture those funny angled strips on a router table to tie things together.
The Wildernis / Hartenbos area has a special place in my heart as I did a survival course there in 1980 tracking the route the Grosvenor survivors took in 1782. I later did most of the hiking trails in the area.
I know I have a lot to learn from all of you and look forward to the process.
Greetings
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