Hi guys 'n' gals, haven't been on in ages, but I haven't forgotten y'all.
I'm in the process of trying to set myself up with a table router setup, as the list of things my wife would like me to make has suddenly grown from 0 to about 4 since we moved house
Consequently I have a higher desire to have a table-mounted router to complement the Ryobi plunge router - which won't go in a table without a cable tie or duct tape (thanks Chuck for the suggestion in another thread). I'm not keen, only because I want to use this outside the table, and going back and forth is just going to annoy me.
So, I purchased today the Makita 3600G. Still a plunge router, but it has a toggle switch to turn on and was not expensive ($159 Australian which is about what my Ryobi RRT1600 costs). It also has a great built-in lift system that helped seal the deal, along with another discussion in another thread that I felt was positive. Yes, no speed controller yet, so goes full noise, but that'll come.
Anyway, back to the saga and the reason for my posting.
I bought a cheap tabletop table which I hoped to mount the Makita to - only it doesn't fit. The ring that you're supposed to drop the router into to mount it with some clamps is about .5mm too narrow around the circumference. I cannot lie, I wanted to swear at the manufacturer for making a supposedly generic table less than accommodating. I also discovered after I bought the table it had a maximum weight limit of around 3.5Kg. Fine for the Ryobi (which is also too big), but not the Makita which weighs in at 5.5Kg. She's a heavy beastie.
So, as I don't have the funds to buy a $500+ table, I have had to decide on what to do - return the cheapie table and make something, or, and this is what I choose, pinch bits off the cheapie like the external power switch and plastic fence with built-in dust port (which I'll replace at some point) and featherboards, and make something myself.
So here I am, about to embark on the version 1.0 of my router table, which I'm sure will change and evolve over the years.
My plan is to get some wood for a top, cut a hole, mount the router to it with some countersunk screws, mount the fence and featherboards and go from there. I'll probably use a melamine top or something similar. Ideally a mounting plate sure, but the cost of a plate that I then have to work out where to bore holes.. and I'm not sure there's enough advantage right now. Plus I can add it later should I need to.
What I wanted to ask everyone was:
Do you think the countersunk screws will be enough to hold the router, or should I make some sort of frame to better "clamp" the bottom of the router to the board?
Because it's so heavy, I'm a little nervous about how well it'll hold.
I'm mounting the Makita, as it's single speed, not soft start, but should definitely do what I need for now (especially as I learn new things). I'll possibly modify it or replace it later as funds and demand dictate.