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If it is the stamped metal table then it was a pretty small table if I recall. I wouldn't spend too much time trying to get it to work. The table is really too small to be much of a help. It would be easier to just get a sink cut out and mount the router to that. In the end, it would be easier and although not really good it would be better than the Craftsman table.
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My friend gave me an older Craftsman router table. I have a Mikita 3612 BR I bought 30 years ago and will be attempting to mount it in the table. Will this be possible? The table plate holes do not match router base plate holes, not a surprise. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Do what stick said, the router you have is old but a very nice one, I still have mine and it still works great. N
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Welcome to the forum Dave. Of course someone like me was going to suggest that you take a picture of the table and post it for us to see what you're working with. Makes things easier and cleaner. I had 2 of those Craftsman metal router tables and I can tell you that it was more of a pia then any help. Not very stable so only the smallest pieces of wood could be done and even then too much vibration. You need and want something stable that you can secure, clamp if need be, and have rigid enough to be able to press the wood against the fence without moving the fence or table. It would be far better to take a flat piece of wood, maybe plywood, mark your router plate holes, drill, countersink, and secure the router in that manner. For a fence you can use a simple but straight say 1-2" thick solid board clamped. That would be the simplest table I'd use and of course that would likely need to be clamped to keep it secure while using.

On the other hand if you know this is something you're really going to do a lot there are other options. For me I built my cabinet. They can be very simple to extremely elaborate. I used the plans from here which includes the homemade fence. For mine I simply built the cabinet and bought the fence, table top, and lift. And mine gets a ton of use. Best shop project I've done if you ask me. I also made it mobile for ease of moving it. Or you could spend a good deal more and just buy a complete router table with/without lift, dust collection, split/solid fence, etc...
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Welcome to the forum Dave. Of course someone like me was going to suggest that you take a picture of the table and post it for us to see what you're working with. Makes things easier and cleaner. I had 2 of those Craftsman metal router tables and I can tell you that it was more of a pia then any help. Not very stable so only the smallest pieces of wood could be done and even then too much vibration. You need and want something stable that you can secure, clamp if need be, and have rigid enough to be able to press the wood against the fence without moving the fence or table. It would be far better to take a flat piece of wood, maybe plywood, mark your router plate holes, drill, countersink, and secure the router in that manner. For a fence you can use a simple but straight say 1-2" thick solid board clamped. That would be the simplest table I'd use and of course that would likely need to be clamped to keep it secure while using.

On the other hand if you know this is something you're really going to do a lot there are other options. For me I built my cabinet. They can be very simple to extremely elaborate. I used the plans from here which includes the homemade fence. For mine I simply built the cabinet and bought the fence, table top, and lift. And mine gets a ton of use. Best shop project I've done if you ask me. I also made it mobile for ease of moving it. Or you could spend a good deal more and just buy a complete router table with/without lift, dust collection, split/solid fence, etc...
I agree with Steve largely for the sake of safety - make whatever you mount that motor a stable platform and consider how you will use it. If simple, occasional work is all you intend, spend as little as possible. If you plan on some serious usage, money spent on a table/cart and lift are wise investments. Will speed your work process and minimize tool handling/setup, especially with all manual table control configurations. Wish youthe best for your routing future!

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