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Has anyone here tried making their own router table plate? I bought the grizzly phenolic plate for under $10 years ago, it doesn't work very well. I'm thinking of building the Paulk workbench and thus think I should replace my router plate too. I have a LOT of 1/2" Corian I removed from a kitchen while remodeling. It works well for making TS zero clearance inserts.

So what about using it to make a router table plate? There are a few posts of people who have used corian as a top layer of their router table but from what I could see they all used a commercially available plate. It seems to me I could use a pattern bit to replicate the outer perimeter of the plate. The center inserts of my grizzly plate are just press fit in place so with a couple of templates I could make those too. (maybe even use the pattern bit again off the grizzly inserts. Drill a few holes, tap threads into the leveling holes and done.

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No good reason why corian won't make a router plate Everend. I would think it is stiff enough. It's about 1/8 to 3/16" thicker than normal which will affect the reach your bits have so I don't know if you would want to rout the area where the router will sit a little thinner. I just made one a couple of months ago out of some plexi or acrylic that one of my kids left behind and it worked out great but I used a milling machine to make it.
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What problems are you having with your Grizzly plate? I have used lots of them trouble free. Maybe we can help?

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Chuck,
I measured the thickness difference between the two and its about 2.5mm (not much) The chuck sticks out quite a ways above the existing plate so I don't think that will be a problem.

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See the attached photo. It's rather scratched up, it came with a defect that I tried sanding off but now the surface is rough in that spot. My drill bits were not sharp enough when I tried to countersink the mounting holes I made so it looks bad there. The plate is not flat at all, in any way. When I put a strait edge across it I can slide a playing card easily under in the middle. I've never been able to get the edges to sit flush in my table.

Let me ask about that last one, getting the plate to sit flush in the table. Is it realistic to expect the plate to be perfectly flush with the table or should I set the table a little proud on one side and shallow on the other? If I try to make it flush it inevitably comes just slightly out of adjustment so it catches.
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The reason aluminum is king:
Corian (& other plastics) are not of uniform thickness.
Plastics deform over time.
Difficult to rout and drill.
And they change shape when heated.
Ok for base plates however, as the castings will pull them flat.
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Everend, As long as there is nothing to catch your work you are fine. It is ok for the feed side of the plate to be a little low and the out feed side to be a little high. Cosmetics are not important. As long as your work slides across the plate without catching it can look like Swiss cheese, not something to worry about. Sag in the plate is not something you want but in the real world the amount you describe will most likely not effect your projects. I suggest you consider buying a couple more of the Grizzly plates. You learned a lot with the first one and odds are you would be much happier if it looked better.($13 isn't a lot to pay for happiness) Use a centering kit or a centering cone when installing it.
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Lee Valley used to make a steel table top that was purposely raised at the center. The high center keeps a piece from bridging across the edges. The problem with a low spot in the middle is that a piece wider than the table will bridge across the edges but a piece will start to rise after it passes the bit and as the trailing end passes over the edge on the infeed side it keeps dropping until it gets to the bit. That isn't usually a problem except with rails and stiles, locking miter bits, T & G and anything where two mating pieces have to line up.

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Has anyone here tried making their own plate?
Never tried corian, but I have not only tried making my own router plates, but have been making them for years. Out of 1/2" plywood. I have had no warping, sagging, or any other issues with it. If you've got corian and want to know if it will work, try it; if it works great, if it doesn't work, try something else. No problem.

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Never tried corian, but I have not only tried making my own router plates, but have been making them for years. Out of 1/2" plywood. I have had no warping, sagging, or any other issues with it. If you've got corian and want to know if it will work, try it; if it works great, if it doesn't work, try something else. No problem.
Thanks. I plan to now. My list of plans and projects greatly outweighs the time I actually spend in the shop (working for myself). So now that I've got a couple of 'give it a try' and 'it should work' I'll probably try making one (or two).

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Paulk workbench is built (still detailing it) I installed the grizzly plate and so far so good. We shall see if I need to replace or make a new one. I think the new table will make a huge difference.

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