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Hi my name is John. I am new to the forum. I obtained an old office table top. It already is laminated and I would like to make it into a router table. I am curious if it is worth the trouble to make my own baseplate or to buy one from a vendor? I've seen the already made ones and they seem to be expensive for all that they are. Can anyone give me some tips on building my own or should I just bite the bullet and spend the money on one?

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Hi my name is John. I am new to the forum. I obtained an old office table top. It already is laminated and I would like to make it into a router table. I am curious if it is worth the trouble to make my own baseplate or to buy one from a vendor? I've seen the already made ones and they seem to be expensive for all that they are. Can anyone give me some tips on building my own or should I just bite the bullet and spend the money on one?

Thanks and glad to be on the forum.

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Greetings John and welcome to the forum, you can get a baseplate from Harbor Freight much cheaper than some of the other vendors. Go to http://search.harborfreight.com search for routers, page 3 they sell for 19.99 not to bad. I built my own router table using a top I had on hand, worked out well. I am sure that others will be along to help you in planning your router table.
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Hi, John, and welcome.

The commercial plates are, indeed, expensive, all things considered. The only wrinkles with making your own is that you need to be able to mill a rabbet around the hole to accommodate various sized inserts, and be able to precisely align the mounting holes to attach your router. You'll want the hole to be large enough to accommodate the largest bit you'll use, but you'll want inserts to cover part of that hole for smaller bits.

Thickness of the plate is a trade-off between strength (lack of sag over time under the weight of the router) and diminishing the depth of cut possible. Some like the phenolic plates, others metal. Bare aluminum is not a good idea, since it will mark workpieces.

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Hi John

Like Jerry I recommend the HF mounting plate, it's 3/8" thick and can hold any of the big routers,,it comes with a step down rabbit edge, the 1/4" edge will support any of the 2 1/4HP routers, but I would suggest if you are going to hang one of the routers you use the 3/8" thick edge...,it takes a double rabbit but it's easy job to put it in place...with a pattern router bit,it comes with snap out rings that will let you use any router bit you have or want to use on your router table..

It's easy one to install in your router table by using the stick way of cutting the pocket hole for the plate..
That's to say put on some double sided carpet tape on some 3" wide 1/4" to 1/2" thick sticks, put the plate on the top and put the sticks right next to the plate, pull the plate out of the way and just plunge your router down on the inside of the sticks...and put in the one rabbit for the 1/4" lip or two of them for the 3/8" thick plate..

It's hard to beat the price of 20.oo bucks..
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Hi my name is John. I am new to the forum. I obtained an old office table top. It already is laminated and I would like to make it into a router table. I am curious if it is worth the trouble to make my own baseplate or to buy one from a vendor? I've seen the already made ones and they seem to be expensive for all that they are. Can anyone give me some tips on building my own or should I just bite the bullet and spend the money on one?

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Thanks for the info and pictures. That helps me alot.
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