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Hey guys I see some of y'all talking about aluminum plates. I just upgraded my 17yr craftsman’s router with a new Ryobi R163. Only problem is that it will not mount up to my old craftsman’s table. So I'm thinking of making my own table. I already know how I want it, but as far as the table plate I was gona go to my buds fab shop and get a 12" x 12" x 1/4' or 3/8" aluminum plate and drill my holes in it. I got the recessed mounting blots for the table and router, only thing is the center hold. I have no inserts so I was just gona drill out a single hole of about 2 1/2" or 3" in diam, this should work ok I think. If noting else I can order a replacement plate from Ryobi from on of there tables. So please give me some input on this guys, thanks.
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Scott, I don't think you want to use un-coated, pure aluminum for a router plate. The reason being the aluminum will leave black marks on your wood. If you can get some anodized it might be ok.

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Scott you will need the center rings to be able to adjust the opening according to the bit size.

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HI Scott

Like George I don't care for the Alum.plates but if you can get it for free from your bud will go for it you can put some clear coat on it but it will not stay very long,,ask your bud if they use something to coat it with,Alum is full of Alum.dust that will put black marks on your stock and it's hard to get it off the wood the norm..it's almost like pencil dust nasty stuff..

But free is free, you can make your own rings easy but you should have some it's hard to line your router up on dead center without one..

Went you ask your bud to put the hole in have him put a 4" hole in, many of the big router bits are 3 1/2" to 3 5/8" OD and a 2 1/2" OR 3 " hole is just to small ,now you see why you need the rings..

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Hey guys I see some of y'all talking about aluminum plates. I just upgraded my 17yr craftsman’s router with a new Ryobi R163. Only problem is that it will not mount up to my old craftsman’s table. So I'm thinking of making my own table. I already know how I want it, but as far as the table plate I was gona go to my buds fab shop and get a 12" x 12" x 1/4' or 3/8" aluminum plate and drill my holes in it. I got the recessed mounting blots for the table and router, only thing is the center hold. I have no inserts so I was just gona drill out a single hole of about 2 1/2" or 3" in diam, this should work ok I think. If noting else I can order a replacement plate from Ryobi from on of there tables. So please give me some input on this guys, thanks.


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Scott,
Bench Dog (now owned by Rockler ) and Rockler make plates. Bench Dog is Black and Rocker is Blue... that is about the only difference I can see. Both are "custom drilled" and put into several "standard size" and "large size" catagories. The chart stating what to use for your own router is at either website. For $59.00 dollars for the time and money saved you might want to take a look at them.
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I second this Mike, it's a good base

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I bought Rockler's "close out" 8x 11 aluminum plate. They also had undrilled plates for those with odd size bases that need to drill their own. My time is worth more than the $25 I paid for the plate. I used the tips and advice that has been posted here about inserts and table building. Thanks, guys! Don't know if I can post images but I'll give it a try...The tempalte process using double-sided tape (my new best buddy): http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7...IMG_0001-3.jpg

The cutting out of the insert cavity using a sabre saw: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7...IMG_0002-1.jpg

The finished cavity with six aluminum threaded inserts and set screws to level the plate: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7...IMG_0004-1.jpg

Pic of the finished insert installation: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7..._/IMG_0006.jpg

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I'd like to thank all those who replied to this thread, there was a lot of useful info for me, thx again
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