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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2009, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question which holes?

Sorry this might be a dumb question but , I did used the search feature didn't find nothing about this tho, I am less than a week old when it comes to owning or using a router so please

I have built my table and the only thing left for me to do is drill the bolt holes and the bit hole, but I noticed the base has other sets of threaded bolt holes, Do I mount it to the table using the 4 holes that held the plastic plate? or do I use some of those other holes?

my router is a 1825 Skil 2 1/4" HP 2 in 1 Router Combo Kit

Thank you all very much in advance for your response.
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Hi Paul

Just remember there is no such a thing like a dumb question. You will never learn if you donít ask and also remember that all the ones with the experience now they were at your stage some times in the past.

Since you are new to router another advice; routers are very useful and versatile tools but they also are very dangerous. If you are not familiar with their operation, ask a lot of questions or search the forum for any safety issue and especially they way you feed or guide the router (feed direction).

I donít quiet understand your question but I will give it a shot. I think you are trying to mount the router under the table top without an insert plate. An insert plate is a rectangular or square plate which you first mount on the router and then you cut a corresponding rectangular hole on your table top and you drop this plate in. An insert plate provides you with more flaxibility.

Assuming that you mount your router directly under the table top, you should not use the 4 holes that held the original router plate. These are smaller holes and not big enough to hold the router upside down. Normally there should be a set of 3 or 4 other larger holes, mine are 6 mm. Thatís the ones to use. Make sure the bolts are long enough to thread fully into your router base.

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Hi Paul,

Nicholas is right when he says not all routers are the same. When I got my first router (old craftsman) it mounted to the small craftsman table using the same screw holes as the mounting plate (no other way to do it). When I got my Hitachi M12V, I secured it to a sheet of 3/8" plywood, using the plate mounting holes (after removing the plate of course). I just needed to get longer screws. Mine are 5mm diameter and I found them at Ace hardware. I then put that sheet of plywood onto my B&D workmate and used it that way till I built my router table using the OP table top. Then I switched to the 11" removeable mounting plates. If your router has larger threaded holes, they may be for various attachments that Skil has. Check it out.

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Ah ok thank you both very much!
yes i was kinda leery as those bolts are only 6-32 and didn't seem like they would be a secure way of holding something with such a high rpm ill have to run to store buy some to fit the bigger holes, Thanks again a great help!
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Take the router base with you. They could be metric.

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