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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Freud router/table problem

Hi all,

I have a new Freud 1700VCE router and RTP1000 table. I'm trying to mount the fixed base to the table.

Base has the hex adjuster with knob to make above-table adjustments. The base plate says to remove before mounting to the table.

Table has the "new" aluminum insert plate. It has only one hole (guide pin?) for hardware. The underside has templates for different size bases.

Do I drill into the aluminum insert and mount it that way? Looks like metalworking leading to woodworking.

Should I throw the table away?

Please let me know if I'm too vague here. I can post pictures if needed.


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the latest mounting template is attached to this thread:

IMHO: if you want to use the above table stuff, you'll have to drill according to the template. (the collet hex lock is not on the diagram!)
There is only one hex head that will extend through (partially) the table, that is the height adjustment. The height lock can be accomplished by releasing the locking lever and then adjusting the height and clamping the lever closed again. The collet lock can be worked from under the table.

I hope that helps.

Me, I bought a mounting plate from and it had the three holes in the right places.

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Hi Joe,

Welcome. I have the same router and truly love it. I drilled the wrong holes on my first pass. (Be careful that there are both a three hole pattern and a 4 hole pattern on it as well. The freud templat and the Freud plate uses the three holes.) I purchased an aluminum plate with the correct holes drilled and it has worked beautifully since. Thou I think that it would have continued to work with the other pattern as well.
But now I am thinking that it can work with any of my router tables. (Now I have two.)

The holes will need to be drilled in that plate. It is a small bit of metal working to get you to the joy of wood working.

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The hole locations to mount the FT1700 are marked on the underside of the plate with dimples and the instructions included should indicate the ones you need. If you like, you can contact our Parts and Repair department to see if they can offer you a pre-drilled plate for you router: (800) 334-4107 (option 3).
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the replies. After posting, I looked at it again and it dawned on me that I need to drill the insert and y'all confirmed it. The 3 & 4-hole templates are already dimpled on the plate, just need to check again to be sure of the right one.

Thanks again,

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