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I have the Freud FT1700 every one is talking. I want to mount the Freud router to an extra Oak-Park mounting plate for a Dewalt 618.

Basic rout theory -- How do I center the big hole in the Freud Plate to the Oak-Park plate for the DW618's small hole?

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I have the Freud FT1700 every one is talking. I want to mount the Freud router to an extra Oak-Park mounting plate for a Dewalt 618.

Basic rout theory -- How do I center the big hole in the Freud Plate to the Oak-Park plate for the DW618's small hole?
Are you removing the Freud plate?
You'll have to drill the Oak-Park plate to match the mounting holes of the base of the Freud.

Your's should have come with a paper template that may be of use.

I could scan mine and forward it to you, but printing it may not result in a true scale image. (You would have to print it and use a copying machine that scales copies to get it to size according the the scale rules printed on the page.)
Your best bet, if you do not have the paper template is to look up and ask Charles M on here and ask him if he can provide a "FT1700 Plunge Router Mounting Template"

The curious thing about the base screws is that only two are exactly opposite each other.

If you have the holes drilled, then there's a method of centering a plate on page 13 of the manual that can be used with a new plate.

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Use thread. Perfectly bisect the new plate with two pieces of thread scotch taped to the surface at about 90 degrees. Have a pointed bit installed. Adjust the location so the crossed threads and tip coincide.

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Are you removing the Freud plate?
You'll have to drill the Oak-Park plate to match the mounting holes of the base of the Freud.

Your's should have come with a paper template that may be of use.
Sent CharlsM a PM. The template I received with the router shows only three base-mounting screws.

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If you have the holes drilled, then there's a method of centering a plate on page 13 of the manual that can be used with a new plate.

"Polish Method":
Use thread. Perfectly bisect the new plate with two pieces of thread scotch taped to the surface at about 90 degrees. Have a pointed bit installed. Adjust the location so the crossed threads and tip coincide.

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Where do you get the centering cone shown on p 13? I didn't get one.

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Hi Bob

You can order one from Freud/dealer BUT if you want to use the cone type think outside the box so to speak,, drop by the auto parts store and pick up a funnel , take some 1/4" and some 1/2" dowel rods stubs with you,find the size you want to use, slip the dowel rod in the funnel hole...to make sure it fits just right, you may need to cut a small part of the funnel off, take it back to the shop and with some thick super glue make your own..


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You can order one from Freud/dealer BUT if you want to use the cone type think outside the box so to speak,, drop by the auto parts store and pick up a funnel , take some 1/4" and some 1/2" dowel rods stubs with you,
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That is a really neat suggestion. I'll try it/

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You're Welcome Bob

If want it just a bit more solid put in some auto bondo and let it setup, not the normal thing we do right
One more small note,,,, be sure to check the dowel rod size 1st..not all dowel rods are made true..if you want to go the extra mile pickup a 1/2" long dowel pin or long bolt and just cut off the head and threads from ACE hardware.. but aging check the bolt they now make them under size ( rolled threads type) then you know for sure it's dead on they also sell 1/2" brass rod that comes in 12" long that not to bad in price..


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I never noticed that!
I'd really be up the creek if I tried to use that!


OK, I called Freud and I talked with them.
There are 4 holes in the base for mounting the black plastic plate and 3 holes for mounting to a fixed plate.

I'm expecting the file, a PDF from them shortly via email.
I'll attach it here (edit) when it comes in.

Gerry

OK! I've attached the PDF file to this that I just got directly from Freud.

When printing this DO NOT SCALE IT! Compare the scales shown on the printout with a ruler, they should be the same, if not it was scaled in printing.

Whoops!, I forgot something, let me call them back.

OK, the 4 mounting screws for the plate are 4x8 MM (metric)countersunk
the 3 mounting screws for the fixed plate are 6x12 MM (metric) countersunk, flat-head


I hope this helps you.
Gerry

PS: The "attachment" shown in the photo on page 13 of the manual is part of their "Templet Guide Kit" an optional accessory, Part Number FT2020.
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File Type: pdf FT1700TemplateRotated.pdf (112.7 KB, 51 views)

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As I read BobJ's funnel suggestion, a thought popped up. Would something like this work?

- Get a 1/2" bolt and cut off the head.
- Drill a hole in a piece of plastic, like an old cutting board or whatever you might have. Then cut a disc just slightly larger than the diameter you need.
- Use epoxy, nuts and lock washers to secure the disc on the bolt. The epoxy to fill the hole really well on the bolt.
- Mount the bolt in a drill press and file it down to the exact diameter you need. Drill press to get slower rpm than the router. Not sure if the router's slowest rpm would be too fast.

Just a thought,
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Hey Skyglider!

I think you have something there!

(I'm off to experiment!)

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