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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-19-2004, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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BOBandRICK. I finally found that your show is on Fri. at 1pm so I'll be seeing you guys more often. My question: On your show I notice that your router plates are not secured to the table but just sit in a recess. How does this work out for you? It seems so simple when it comes to adjusting or changing bits. I'm fairly new to routing and some research before buying and selected the PC 690 with both bases. Now, the more I read, the more it seems that I should have bought more power. Thanks DON
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-19-2004, 10:57 PM
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I've been using gravity and a nice neat fit with my router plates, for years. I was sceptical when I first saw the technique, but it works just fine. I would say, ensuring your router table is made of something that wont expand/contract; you can make the plate a snug fit - it wont go anywhere.

Having said all that, 3 years ago I bought a Triton Router that let's me change bits above the table anyway! (See my signature pic on the left)
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The plate is held down by the different fences and jigs. It sits slightly above the surface of the table (at least mine does.).

It is a good simple efficient system.

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Originally Posted by ejant
It sits slightly above the surface of the table (at least mine does.).
I don't understand how that could ever work. The plate should always be exactly level with the table surface.
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The work piece is being cut on the plate so it will always cut where intended. I just went into the shop and measured it .027 not quite 1/32.

The distance from the front and rear of the plate to the table edges is about 2 inches so the plate takes up most of the tables width.
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Just a"newbie", but my home built table has a "loose" plate and is held down by the fence , but it has been made to be level with the table, and it is acrylic,actually part of a golf cart windshield, works great !. Frank Lee
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As best as I can tell mine just stays there by gravity, never thought about it going anywhere. But then to I am very new at this so I have seen very little of what can happen. I've never heard of one coming out.

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That's the great thing about this forum, even if the original question is 4 yrs old if you bump it someone will respond with an up to date answer.

it also proves that members really go back into the archives to search for answers.

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I also have Oak-Park base plates that sit slightly above the Oak-Park table top. The weight of the attached router keeps the base plate in place, but keeping sawdust (router dust?) out of the table recess is essential. The only time I have a problem is with a glue joint bit. I found that on narrow test pieces the cuts lined up perfectly but on pieces wider than the nominal 6 inches (15 cm) the cuts did not line up. I was putting pressure on the edge of the piece farthest from the bit. If I use a push block that puts downward pressure over or near the bit there is no problem.

I was keeping my hand as far from the bit as I could in order to avoid putting a glue joint type groove in my fingers and hand. I already did that once with a straight bit that took about two months to heal, and left a scar on my left forefinger. Somehow no joint damage was done, but the finger is still (about 14 months later) still somewhat stiff.

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