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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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I'm planning to build a router table and see that people recommend putting in a router plate. I'm wondering which one people recommend. Most appear to be around $50, but I saw some people talking about a Harbor Freight one for $20. I have a Bosch 1617 EVS router.
Does it really matter which one you get? Can you make one yourself?
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I don't use a router plate. It can cause position errors between the router and the fence, so I build my router table top with without an insert. The top is hinged across the back so that I can tilt it up when router access/bit replacement is needed. A swing-up support stick holds the top up when 2 handed access is necessary.

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Hey Todd,
I've built two router tables and I bought a router plate from Sears.. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...d=router+plate
It has been ok but since my recent router table build...using the same plate.. I really want a different one... why?
Well this one has a molded numbers (ie. tape measure) on both sides which I thought would have been of some use... NOT. The only thing that they have done for me now is that they sometimes catch the wood as it tries to glide over the plate. Plus I had to make my own center rings to take up some space around the different size bits.
So anyway... I've been looking at the phenolic plates again but with a smooth surface or an aluminum plate. The only thing that I've seen with most plates is that they need to have a center ring that has the inset of 1 3/16 to allow for the brass inserts that usually come in that size. The one from HF has a 1 1/4 inset so I don't know the issue that it may have. Everyone talks about sagging in the phenolic plates but mine has lasted for 3 years with "very little" if any sag so.... do I pay more for an aluminum plate?????
I thought about making my own plate but by the time I cut the center, make centering rings, drill mounting holes, drill adjusting holes etc..etc... I'm better off buying one.

Well that is where I am right now. I'm going to the woodworking show the 20th in Charlotte NC so I can see some first hand and make up my mind.

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Harbor freight has one for $20. A lot of people here have them.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94331

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My base plate is 3/8" metal,very heavy, very stable and doesn't flex.

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As Palmer said a phenolic plate with 1 3/16 center ring is the best way to go.
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Can anyone that has a Harbor Freight plate tell me if you can use the porter cable bushings with it?
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HI taa800

Yes,,it's made with that in mine

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i bought the plate from MLCS it was $34.95 shipped and it seems to be pretty nice. i probably would have gotten the harbor freight plate but i would have had to order it and with shipping there wouldnt have been that much of a price difference

from the picture of the harbor freight version they appear to be the same plate

does the harbor freight plate have concentric rings on the underside and a 1/4 rabbeted edge?

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Todd, just my two cents worth...but I have always been leary about Harbor Freight goods. Can't quite put my finger on it. Me, I would spend the extra $20-$30 and get a quality plate. You might save that much money in the long run just on the tylenol you won't need because of the headaches from an inferior plate. Again, just my two cents. The plate from HF may just work well.

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