I'm pretty sure I didn't do any of the above. My table does have a half inch lip. But the top is in three pieces, no clue where I got that idea, in fact I still don't know for sure how I made the table. The router plate fits very nicely, no movement at all. Used the original plate to make a master and now have about five cloned plates. I THINK what I did was make the top, apparently with the cutout for the plate done before. Then I think I glued strips around the bottom of the opening from below. The router drops in with probably no more than one eighth inch clearance. The top is one half inch plywood, supported by a spiderweb of 2X4 chunks, so no danger of sag. The plates are half inch plywood also, no sag there either. Couple of pictures to maybe clarify what I said.
Oh yeah, the corner taken off the plate in the bottom picture is so when I clone a plate it be screwed to the router correctly, if both sides of the plate opening are not 100% dead on. That will save unscrewing it, flipping the plate, and screwing it on again. Don't ask me how I come up with this stuff, I don't know, let alone how I made the cuts that accurate.
This was one of those things, I need this, how to make it, I dunno, and start cutting. I just go into Zen mode, and when finished, usually can't tell how I did it. But the table works just great for me, and if I ever need another table, will try to duplicate this one.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
Last edited by JOAT; 09-15-2018 at 10:03 PM.