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Hey i will have some left over lexan, i built my own table and just mounted the router directly to the table but now im wondering if this lexan would be a good material to use for a homemade router plate its 1/4 inch thick?

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Paul, Lexan is good strong stuff, but it flexes quite a bit. So you need to make your plate very small, so the router barely fits through the hole. I recommend buying a plate and save the lexan for another jig. Such as the base for a coping sled.

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I'd agree that 1/4" Lexan is probably too thin for a router mounting plate - unless it's a very small, light-weight one. The Harbor Freight Phenolic plate, for example is 3/8" thick, and I believe Phenolic flexes less than Lexan.

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Ah ok, thank you both for your response.
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I'd agree that 1/4" Lexan is probably too thin for a router mounting plate - unless it's a very small, light-weight one. The Harbor Freight Phenolic plate, for example is 3/8" thick, and I believe Phenolic flexes less than Lexan.
Darned HF. I stopped at their store 60 miles north yesterday to buy a plate. They didn't know what I was talking about.

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hi Mike,

everyone who has tried to buy them ends up having to order it seems like. do you think stores in larger towns have them?

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If Columbus, Oh is a larger town, then the answer is no. I went to HF and got that blank stare, when I asked about the router plates. When the manager came over, I got about half way through telling him what I was looking for and I got a, "we don't carry that crap in the stores" look and a similar reply. Great customer service, uh?

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HI Guys

In Denver we have 4 outlets that I know about and one has them in stock

I think it's a supply and demand thing ..I'm almost sure all the out lets can order them from the HF warehouse..
I just about always pickup two at one time I'm sure I will always have a need for a extra one down the road you can always mount a extra router or just about any tool to it like the pocket hole jig...two extra holes in the plate is not big deal...plus the router table is a great way to save space in the shop ,one cabinet for many jobs..

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