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With help from many members here, I've just about finished building my router table top. Started with a couple of 27X27" 3/4 MDF sheets I had left over from another project. Glued them together, laminated them with formica. Edged with hard maple.

Now it's time for a plate. A couple of members here steered me to the Craftsman 17543 2 hp router. SO..Can anyone tell me if there is a plate pre-drilled for this router? For my first plate, I'd like one ready to go.
Thanks for everyone's help. This forum is a GREAT place to learn!
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Hi Bill

The router is so new it will not be drilled out for the 17543 router,,the norm but it's no big deal to drill it out to mount it to the plate..it's about a 5 min job...you have the template by using the plate off the router..


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With help from many members here, I've just about finished building my router table top. Started with a couple of 27X27" 3/4 MDF sheets I had left over from another project. Glued them together, laminated them with formica. Edged with hard maple.

Now it's time for a plate. A couple of members here steered me to the Craftsman 17543 2 hp router. SO..Can anyone tell me if there is a plate pre-drilled for this router? For my first plate, I'd like one ready to go.
Thanks for everyone's help. This forum is a GREAT place to learn!
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thanks for the info Bob. Guess that's what I'll do.
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With help from many members here, I've just about finished building my router table top. Started with a couple of 27X27" 3/4 MDF sheets I had left over from another project. Glued them together, laminated them with formica. Edged with hard maple.

Now it's time for a plate. A couple of members here steered me to the Craftsman 17543 2 hp router. SO..Can anyone tell me if there is a plate pre-drilled for this router? For my first plate, I'd like one ready to go.
Thanks for everyone's help. This forum is a GREAT place to learn!
Bill

Take the plate of the router and photo copy it and you will have a template to use.

Take a scarp piece and try a test piece first if its ok then you make your router plate and enjoy.
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I drilled mine and BJ is correct, it is a very easy thing to do, once you have done one. I agree with Dan, use some scrap material and practice on that. I used a forstner bit to counter sink the screw heads, just watch how deep you go.

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hi Bill,

jerry gave you some good information about drilling the plate

just to give one more way is to buy a cheap, i think mine was vermont american 82 degree
countersink bit, just a few bucks and chuck it up in a drill press and countersink the screw
heads like that. btw i have used this bit many times on different things and does a good job.

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Thanks Gents! Using a copier to make templates is a great idea. I already have countersink bits and forstner bits, so that won't be a problem.

I have a couple of other question. How do you line up the above table adjustment with the hole you'll have to drill in the plate for use? And...I found a set of the Craftsman clear plastic sub bases at a yard sale yesterday for $5. Have anyone tried the clear Lexan plates available at Peachtree USA? That would allow the LED lights to illuminate the work area from underneath. AND...does anyone use the vac atttachement on the fixed base while using it under a table? Seems like it would make it difficult to make adjustments from above the table.

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You may want to consider building your fence using this plan out of shop notes #104.

I just built one myself but use it on my table saw and attached the auxiliary router fence to my existing table saw fence using the Universal Fence Clamps from Rockler (Universal Fence Clamps - Rockler Woodworking Tools).

In the plans there is a dust port you can buy from Universal Dust Port - Rockler Woodworking Tools for $6.96 or you can get one from Lee Valley 03J61.10 for $3.20 (2-1/2" Fittings for Dust Collection Systems - Lee Valley Tools)

All the material needed to build the router fence is laid out in the plans along with a cutting list. I used just 3/4" MDF and 1/4" Hardboard. I bought a pack of 10 toilette flange bolts from Home Depot that were 2 1/2" long and used them for my T-slot bolt and nut because it is way cheaper. You will need to cut down the brass bolts but thats easy enough to do with a hacksaw.

Good luck with your project. Post some pics after your done.

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