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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-16-2017, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy New to routing...have some questions about table router

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So I started woodworking a little over 2 months ago and I absolutely love it.
Yesterday I purchased a router table to go with the plunge router I purchased last week. I am having issues with making height adjustments. I am having to remove the base plate to make the adjustments then replace the plate to make cuts. There HAS to be an easier way to do this and I am just not figuring it out. I have a Ryobi 180 Plunge Router and the Ryobi Universal Router Table.

Please help i'm going
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You read the instructions?

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Yes, I have read the instructions. The Router and Table were not purchased together. I have not been able to find anything in either manual on how to make it easier to adjust the height while still being attached to the table. I do know how to adjust the router height when not on the base...but the springs are pretty tight and makes it very difficult to adjust.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum.
Not familiar with that router which model is it? you should Definitely not have to take the plate off to adjust the bit height
A lot of us dedicate the router to the table and remove the springs but if you’re going to use it by hand you will have to leave them in.

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The manual is very clear about height adjustments in normal use, so I suspect you mean you cant adjust it while in the table?

If you remove the plastic base plate, is there an threaded hole that has no obvious use?
My makita has this and it allows you to use a long threaded bolt which (after drilling a suitable sized hole in the table plate) allows you to adjust height with a screwdriver from above the table. But the bolt was in the kit and it was mentioned in the instructions so maybe you dont have that facility.
Lightly grease the tubes, and if its staying in the table remove the springs to make movement easier.
If the table plate lifts out easily, then thats your cheapest option.
Or you can search "router lift" if you want to spend some serious money.
Or you can surf youtube for lots of ideas including home made and even scissor jacks from your car boot.
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My preferred method is to just pop the plate off, adjust or whatever, pop the plate back in. As far as I am concerned, faster, and easier than any type of lift.

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Hey, Charles; welcome!
The short answer is, plunge bases are for handheld usage and fixed bases are for upside down use in tables, as well as handheld use.
OK, now for the longer answer. Some plunge models like the Bosch 1619EVS come equipped with built in spring lockouts which allow you to run the height up and down without fighting against the column springs. As bob explained others have through-the-base adjustment mechanisms which allow for adjusting height without lifting the router out of the table.
Other brands and models come as package deals with both fixed and plunge bases, for example the Bosch 1617EVSPK...you use the fixed base in your table, and simply release the router from the base and slip it into the plunge base.
You shouldn't ever have to remove the base plate to adjust ht. and if you do, you need to be precise in remounting it exactly centred! There's an inexpensive little accessory which aligns the plate exactly.
This is critical for some operations.
In summary then, ideally you have either two or more routers as described, or a package which does both jobs.
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Ask away; the members here love to help newbies get off to a safe and rewarding start. You'll often hear members say the only stupid question is the one not asked.
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Welcome, Charles. You've found the right place. Maintain a good sense of humor, make good use of Youtube instructional videos and ask questions. Glad you're here.
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1st a couple of assumptions here

Are you trying to adjust the amount of cut for the bit & not trying to adjust the depth the cutter in in the collet? Correct?

Then as stated before try to remove the springs (youtube)

trying to adjust the amount in the collet and/or changing out the cutter
Did you remove the clear shield that is attached to the base? Would make adjustment/change out in situ easier.
Also did you try to rotate the router & base to see if other holes line up when mounting in the table to allow easier access to the collet?
Do you need to get offset/gooseneck wrenches to allow access?

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