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I hope someone can clear up some confusion for me. I've been watching the Router Workshop projects on the net.....the plate on their table is not screwed into the top. All the metal plates I've looked at talk about leveling systems and screws to secure the top. Why the difference?....it appears that not screwing down the plate is much easier for changing bits.....
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Carl,

You are correct that it is much easier not screwing down the top when it comes to bit changes. Some tables use leveling systems on there plates, but it is not necessary. The only real criteria is that the plate itself is dead flat as that is where your stock rides across the bit.
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Thanks, Bob. I was hoping that would be the answer. Now, to decide on which plate to order.....
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You are correct that it is much easier not screwing down the top when it comes to bit changes. Some tables use leveling systems on there plates, but it is not necessary. The only real criteria is that the plate itself is dead flat as that is where your stock rides across the bit.
Bob - I thought the leveling systems were used to insure the plate was level with the top of the table, no? Otherwise you would have a snag point, especially on the outfeed side wouldn't you?

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If something goes wrong when you route the hole for the plate, you need the leveling screws. . If you hit it dead on then, you don't need the leveling screws, I don't know anyone who has their plate srcewed to the table, no need the weight of the router will keep it in place.(These leveling screws are nothing more than 4 set screws, very similar to your TS insert.
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Thanks, Harry. When I decide on the plate, then I'll order it, cut for the insert, and try to do it right, the first time....but, if I need the leveling screws, then at least I'll have them.....
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The underside of my Jessem Raiser Plate has 4 alloy bars with sets of leveling screws. The screws move the bars and the bars are in contact wit the routed rebate in the table. No dig ins from screws and the load is spread over a wide area.
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Carl..

Kreg makes a plate leveling system that mounts "under" the table then uses set screws to raise or lower as needed to level..

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HI Carl

The leveling screws are not needed the norm,, but it's nice to have them on hand

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Some of the plates come with little magnets and they make a great latches for doors or boxes if you don't use them for the plate ..

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I just made my own router table and I made the depth of my cut (for the insert plate) with a little "extra" depth (about .015") on purpose. This enabled me to put a #6 wood screw in each corner as a leveling devise. It is simple and worked GREAT.

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