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I got a Milescraft template kit yesterday. It says it is compatible with Ryobi routers, and I have 2 of their plunge routers. The Ryobi routers are threaded to accept a 5/16" bolt. I found some holes in the plate that line up with the holes in the router, but they are too shallow and not wide enough for the head of the 5/16" bolts.

Does anyone else have this problem, and what would you do to solve it, grind the head of the bolt down, or make the hole bigger and deeper?

If I can't find a bolt that fits, I think I'd prefer to grind one over modifying the plate.
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I went to my local hardware store and found compatible bolts for use with the base plate.
It says you need only 2 bolts, and you can use some of the slots so you can center it correctly.
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thanks. i'm going to one over my lunch break.
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I have also had some problems with my Freud 1700 router. The screws supplied were the wrong size. With the new base the original screws were too short.

In addition the diagram showing the mounting hole locations were incorrect. I did finally find longer bolts after several trips to local hardware stores. After a while I also found three locations to bolt the new base plate to. As previously stated the printed information showing the bolt hole locations was incorrect.

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Good Morning! I don't have MilesCraft plates, kits! When I do run into a problem, I look for cap bolts. The ones that I have are crimped, so to speak. The surface around the the bolt has no wrench openings, They are all set to be ale to use adjustable pliers, and a Allen wrench. They have a shoulder, but not oversized. They fit very nice whenever a reg bolt doesn't work

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howard, i think i know the kind of bolts you are talking about. good point ... i'll keep in mind to look for them
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I used the template kit on this project recently:

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well, home depot had some 5/16" rounded head cap bolts that are pretty close, so i got them. i will still need to grind them a little to get them to fit.

on the way home, time permitting, i'll stop at the true value. hopefully they will have other options.
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Hi Chris,

I have that problem as well with some of my 3rd party base plates.

The trick is not to use the mounting screw holes for the original base plate.

For example, for the Makita 3612C, I use the screw holes for the guide bushing.

As you can see in the attached photo, I have marked the holes on the universal base plate to allow me to use standard brass guide bushings.

PS I have my Milescraft template kit on the way from Peachtree, due any day...
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hmmm. IIRC, the screw holes for my Ryobi are small holes near the opening, and none of the holes in the Milescraft plate are even close to them. I will have to look again.
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