Masterforce Router table???? - Router Forums
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
First Name: N/a
Posts: 1
 
Default Masterforce Router table????

I have a Masterforce router (Menards), and want to know which, if any, router tables will work with this router. I bought a Craftsman table, but the MF router doesn't fit.

Or...how do I adapt a router to fit a table?

I am a total novice.

Thanks,

Jim
jaymz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 08:14 AM
Registered User
 
hawkeye10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Country: United States
First Name: Don
Posts: 2,603
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jaymz View Post
I have a Masterforce router (Menards), and want to know which, if any, router tables will work with this router. I bought a Craftsman table, but the MF router doesn't fit.

Or...how do I adapt a router to fit a table?

I am a total novice.

Thanks,

Jim
Hey Jim and welcome;

I don't know about the Craftsman table but in most cases you need to drill holes in the tables insert. I am posting this link as an example. The black plate in the middle of that table is what you need to drill your holes in. Take your base plate off your router and it will be easier to mark and drill your holes.

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shop...ble_ext_anchor
jj777746 likes this.

Don in Murfreesboro,Tn.

Measure once cut twice and it's still to short.
hawkeye10 is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 03:42 PM
Registered User
 
Nickp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Nick
Posts: 3,353
 
Default

What Hawkeyes said...plus, orient it properly when you use it to mark the plate. As though it was on the router if you're marking the bottom of plate and router side down if you're marking the top. It is also important that it be centered properly so the bit is in the center of the insert. Make sure the router ends up in the orientation you want it in. You will also need to taper the holes so the screws sit flush or below the plate surface (countersink)...or counterbore, depending on your mounting screws...

Nick

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Points to Ponder...

LEARNING - the decision you make to know and
understand more about some thing.

TIME - the thing that gets in the way of learning.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Last edited by Nickp; 03-29-2017 at 03:44 PM.
Nickp is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 03:52 PM
Moderation Team
 
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 14,859
 
Default

Quite a few of the Craftsman tables I've seen are only meant for Craftsman routers or possibly Ryobi since Ryobi makes most of Sears routers. If your table has a stamped steel top with dimples for countersinking the screw heads that hold the router to the table then you'll need some metal working skills to be able to mount that router. It's easy to build your own table to mount the router to and there are lots of old posts about how to do that and of course our members will be glad to help with advice.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 04:13 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Richard
Posts: 2,981
 
Default

Welcome to the forum, Jim.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits". Albert Einstein
Shop guy is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 08:00 PM
Registered User
 
Terry Q's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Country: United States
First Name: Terry
Posts: 198
 
Default Masterforce Router table????

I have a Menards master craft router. It has a lot of features, BUT I was never able to find a compatible base for it. You will need to drill your own. I don't know if hole spacing is a proprietary thing, but it seems dumb making an ok router incompatible with after market accessories.

FYI: I was able to find a Craftmaster base that came with a sign making kit with holes you can get lined up, but it only came with one bushing, and I have problems finding other bushings that fit the base, so it's limited to making signs.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Terry Q is online now  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 09:10 PM
Official Greeter
 
old55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Country: Australia
First Name: Ross
Posts: 6,529
 
Default

Welcome to the forum Jim.

Ross,
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia


Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.

‘Members are requested to add a first name in their profile as we are a very friendly bunch here'.
old55 is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-30-2017, 01:14 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 15,589
 
Default

Nice you could join the fun. I bought a similar table for a Craftsman router (my first, cheap) and got rid of both after getting and working with a Bosch 1617. I also suggest that you make your own table. Two layers, one of 3/4 ply the other of 3/4 thick MDF glued together. If you put the mdf on the bottom, it will help keep the top flat. I suggest you get a router plate and use your new router to cut the opening. You can use four boards clamped to your table top and fitted to the size of your router plate. Slip a playing card between the plate and the boards to allow a slight amount of wiggle room.

You will want to cut an opening for the router plate, half an inch on each side smaller than the plate (which provides the lip for the plate).
Then with the frame in place, use a router with a bearing on the bottom (where the shaft is), which will rest against the frame and guide the bit. The bit depth is set so it routes the opening a couple of mm deeper than the plate is thick. You'll want to pre drill holes slightly smaller than bolts, which come up from the bottom so you can level the plate with the table top by twisting them until a straight edge shows level on all four sides and four courners.

Many plates can be found pre drilled for the Bosch and/or other brands. If you want to use the rounter you have, many use the same spacing as the PorterCable and Bosch's 3 bolts. Or you can drill your own holes as described above.

The double layer will help keep your table flat. Some folks would like to reinforce with 1x2 trusses, but make sure that material is very straight. You can straighten with a table saw, or get a must have tool, a block plane, and plane it level and flat--kind of a nice experience. Watch videos of tuning and using a plane if you go this way.

You can make a simple 3-sided cabinet to mount the top, or just place it on a couple of saw horses. I'd make the top at least 24 x 36 inches these days, but smaller if I didn't have much space.

There are a lot of designs for a fence, ranging from a flat 2x4 clamped to the table at the edges, to more sophisticated models with replaceable two-part split fence with a standard 2 1/2 inch dust port on the back. YouTube has lots of videos on shop built router tables and fences.

This may be more answer than you need, but it will really serve you to make your own table, which will give you practice with your router and a jig saw and drill.

Here is a diagram of the temporary jig for the plate, and a couple of pictures of home made tables with plates (the open frame table folds up for storage or to relocate. The second is of the plate opening showing the half inch lip. The bit is the type of trim bit you would use for this job. It will be much easier to build than you'd think
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	router plate frame.jpg
Views:	261
Size:	27.7 KB
ID:	269745  

Click image for larger version

Name:	folding-table-router-table.jpg
Views:	972
Size:	168.9 KB
ID:	269753  

Click image for larger version

Name:	making your own router table 3.jpg
Views:	924
Size:	64.1 KB
ID:	269761  

Attached Images
 
jj777746 likes this.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is online now  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 09:26 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
First Name: N/a
Posts: 1
 
Default

Masterforce just came out with a router combo with a table for 269$ just assembled mine and its very nice, well worth the money.
DesertRatTom likes this.
Jonathan Nasby is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-28-2019, 10:25 AM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 15,589
 
Default

I see a lot of odd and never-heard-of routers in Canadian posts. I suspect the incredibly high taxes there motivate router makers to find ways to get around them. This doesn't portend well for the buyer. Relatively small production runs often lead to orphan tools once the maker runs out of spare parts. I really prefer brand name tools for the most part.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Polk ultimate portable workbench roofner Tools and Woodworking 21 06-22-2017 08:09 AM
Advice on buying a router table with special requirements bikemaniac Table-mounted Routing 10 10-22-2016 04:07 AM
Integrating INCRA : Craftsman Table Saw [TS] & Router Part 3 [ii] Bridged X-cut Box SimonHartropp Jigs and Fixtures 1 10-27-2015 11:50 AM
First mount your router.... SimonHartropp Table-mounted Routing 6 09-08-2015 01:39 PM
Rigid Model R2900 Router Combo and Ryobi Model A25RT02 Router table bigdave720 Table-mounted Routing 12 04-05-2012 07:27 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome