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I'm in the process of making a router table. I have on order a kreg insert plate, kreg levelers and a triton tra001 router. I have watched Youtube videos and read many threads on how to cut a perfect hole to fit the insert. Some say don't use the levelers but rout a rebate, some say don't follow kreg's directions they don't work and others say they do. I like the idea of the levelers as that means I just cut a hole without the need of a rebate. But then that hole has to be trimmed to give a perfect fit. A video from Steve Ramsay caught my eye. He uses a scrap piece to slowly creep up on an exact fit then uses this as his template for trimming the real piece.

Sorry I'm not allowed to post a URL yet but google "Router table top and fence" on his youtube channel

So what is the easiest way to get this hole exact.

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I would lay the plate where i wanted it.
Then use 4 pieces of straight mdf double side taped down around the outside.
Then remove the plate from inside.
I would then add 1 thickness of masking tape on the inside edge of the mdf.

This will give you a template for routing the rebate or hole, whichever you decide to use.

Once you have the rebate/hole routed, try the plate BEFORE removing the template. If the plate fits tight then it's good, if it doesn't fit, remove masking tape as required and rout again.

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Hi John, and welcome to the forum.

I believe Carbatec sell a template for the Kreg insert plate?

But, Angie's method will work very well......
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Welcome to the forum, John. I just installed a Kreg plate this last week. In my opinion just follow their instructions and use the leveling kit. I have done it with rebates before but find their way to be the quickest and easiest way to to do it. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Thanks Richard. I guess they've tried this so I'll follow their directions. Angie, your way is similar and sounds workable. James, Carbatec don't have a template for this and they are also out of stock of the inserts. I ordered with Amazon over a week ago and it should arrive next week. I'll report back when I've done it. Today I'm assembling the cabinet. Good old fashion pocket holes. Works for me. The top is a 3/4" sheet of melamine and I'll glue and screw another 3/4" sheet of mdf or plywood. I'll wait for the insert before I join the 2 sheets. Might be easier to cut the insert plate on a 3/4" board rather than a 1.5" board.

Thanks for your welcome and input.

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Welcome to the forum, John. I just installed a Kreg plate this last week. In my opinion just follow their instructions and use the leveling kit. I have done it with rebates before but find their way to be the quickest and easiest way to to do it. Just my 2 cents worth.
Richard, did you cut the hole using a jigsaw just inside the line and then flush trim after that?
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Fitted mine The first time making a rebate. That was much harder to get right than when I made a bigger table and this time used the levellers, following their instructions included in the kit.
Cant be any simpler.
Only problem I had was the double sided tape I used was not strong and there was minor creep along one side as I moved the router along it.
It doesnt matter.
The whole point of the levellers is to get the plate exactly level with the table top. If there is a 1/8" gap around the plate, who cares?
Kreg plates do tend to warp ever so slightly, so either check for square regularly, or thats the first place to look if your project goes a bit wrong.
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If there is a 1/8" gap around the plate, who cares?
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You're dead right Bob? A great comment. I blame Youtube videos and some websites that show the plate fitting perfectly. It makes you think ..... I want that. I remember fretting about miter slot to blade parallelism on my table saw until someone said ...."Why are you worried, your saw cuts perfectly square, perfectly parallel rips and joint quality cuts." Does it matter that one web site said it should be less than .003" when you've got .005" but it cuts perfectly.

Thanks Bob, you have cured my obsession.
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