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I picked up a used 1618EVS from a local gentleman. Turns out he also had a new table base for it.

Only problem is, the hole pattern for the base does not match the Craftsman cheapo table I have been using.

So short of buying another table, searching Craigslist fervently or building a table, in the name of finishing my never ending project quickly, I was hoping to find a ready made round adapter to mate the RA1165 to the Craftsman.

Anyone know of such a thing? I can always make one, out of phenolic, lexan or aluminum, but, I am, after all, basically lazy. No, really.
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Hey, Joe; buy a Bosch plate and whip up a new top.
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Agreed. It only takes 3 to 4 hrs to make a quick top. A day to make a really nice job of it with solid wood edging, etc.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Aww . . . that means I gotta play with wood. . . . oh, wait. . .
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Hey, Joe; buy a Bosch plate and whip up a new top.
I've done a Google for Bosch plates and come up empty. Expecting that rectangular(ish) plates found on Rockler, etc, but nothing by Bosch. They do offer their own tables, maybe that's why.

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Only Craftsman matched Craftsman and not every model either. Bosch sells their own table but I know very little about except some buyers had trouble with it warping. Grizzly sells a plate for $13 but some complained about it sagging in time. I have two and don't leave them in the table when I'm not using them. I'm using one now that I made myself out of some kind of sheet plastic that one of my kids left in my shop. I used the insert rings out of the Grizzly for it. It helped that I have a milling machine for making it. You can get some aluminum plates. I think Kreg makes one. They won't warp but they are pricey. Some after market plates are already drilled for your router. You'll have to look to see which ones. Lee Valley sells at least one I think. Rockler and MCLS are other places to look. And maybe Highland Woodworking.
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It's a mystery to me, Joe???
I have one but I can't find it online... (I'm too lazy to go out to the shop and find the p/n )
There is this one however:
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Parts-2...er+table+plate
If you have a centering cone, drilling and countersinking mounting screws into universal plates isn't a huge challenge.
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It's a mystery to me, Joe???
I have one but I can't find it online... (I'm too lazy to go out to the shop and find the p/n )
There is this one however:
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Parts-2...er+table+plate
If you have a centering cone, drilling and countersinking mounting screws into universal plates isn't a huge challenge.
Took me a bit, but I see that is the replacement plate for the RA1171 and RA1181 tables. It would definitely fit what I have without modification. Just have to make a table.

Since I can get the tables at CPO outlet for $139 and $169, apparently, shipped, should I bother? I guess the RA1181 is a better box, for the bucks, being metal where it counts.

GAAAH! decision brain freeze!
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A double layer of 3/4" (or 5/8") plywood laminated together (2' x 3' ?) is basically the heart of the build. Everything else is icing.
Will a HPL surface make a better table than a couple of coats of Urethane? Last longer before re doing it but really how much better?
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One of the issues with either table is that they are small. A sink cutout would be bigger and it would be free. Forum members tend to fall into various groups. Ones like me consider building your own custom table part of woodworking. Others would rather buy one. Maybe their time is more valuable than mine and the money isn't an issue. Some of my first efforts were very plain and utilitarian. A 2 x 4 with a cutout for the bit served as the fence on one or two and worked very well. They've gotten more complex as time went on and I decided what features were important to me. And because I didn't spend much on most of them it didn't matter that I upgraded later. The current one is the most expensive at maybe $100 counting the casters it rolls around on. I'm fairly happy with the current configuration and this might be the last one I build.

Another issue the members are split on is whether you need 2 layers of panel for the top. I've never used two layers, not once, and I've never had any issues with warping or sagging and the latest version is #5 or #6. But I always put a solid, level frame under my tables to attach the panel to just as you do with plywood or OSB on floor joists. Your kitchen counter top is 5/8 particle board and it stays level so why wouldn't a router table top stay level with one layer? You can buils a simple table in an hour or so, especially a bench top size one. The cutout for an insert will take that long and maybe a bit and a split fence like the one I make will take about 3 or more. A 2x4 fence takes 10 minutes or less if you want to keep it simple.
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