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Good day to all. I am relatively new to the use of a router. My experience is mostly in trimming laminate and some small edge work. The current projects I am working on demand I use a table mounted router. I was given a small Craftsman table but it would appear there is no realistic way to mount it with my Freud plunging router. Have any of you had any experience with a similar experience?
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Good day to all. I am relatively new to the use of a router. My experience is mostly in trimming laminate and some small edge work. The current projects I am working on demand I use a table mounted router. I was given a small Craftsman table but it would appear there is no realistic way to mount it with my Freud plunging router. Have any of you had any experience with a similar experience?
Hi, Welcome to the forum.
Is that one of their cast aluminum tables? Also, what is the model number on the router?

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Hi Ho: I have a Freud model 2000 that is mounted to a standard phenolic base. It also has a Router Raizer. I didn't remove the springs and find that is not a problem. I read somewhere that Freud suggests leaving them in, but I expect it would work either way. Good luck.

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The table is MDF, yuck, and the underside siting and clamping system will not work either. My router is a freud 1702. Interchangeable from hand held to plunger bases. neither would work.Thinking about making a whole new top just for my freud. Any beter ideas? t i a
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The table is MDF, yuck, and the underside siting and clamping system will not work either. My router is a freud 1702. Interchangeable from hand held to plunger bases. neither would work.Thinking about making a whole new top just for my freud. Any beter ideas? t i a
Hi, you may just learn to like the MDF.
I think you can just make a cutout in the table for a standard plate. There are a couple of templates on this site for the bolt pattern on that router.
I just bumped the templates up. Go to "Router Forums>Routers>Router Reference" under that there is a sub-forum for Freud.
The only thing I was thinking is that if the table came with a clamping system the top may need to be reinforced to hold a plate.
My idea is to basically get rid of the clamping system in favor of a plate. The Freud pops in and out of the base pretty easily. Just leave the fixed in the table

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Maybe Sears has a plate that will fit your router. I was looking to buy a new Freud but I have a BenchDog table and the Freud wouldn't fit my plate. I called BenchDog and they had a plate that would fit the Freud, problem was that the plate was $60 which negated the savings since the router was on sale. I bought a Bosch router instead since it fit my existing plate.
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Maybe Sears has a plate that will fit your router. I was looking to buy a new Freud but I have a BenchDog table and the Freud wouldn't fit my plate. I called BenchDog and they had a plate that would fit the Freud, problem was that the plate was $60 which negated the savings since the router was on sale. I bought a Bosch router instead since it fit my existing plate.
Ron - I couldn't find a plate predrilled or marked to fit the 1700. Did find a couple for the larger model. Just needed to drill my own. Not difficult but does require some patience and attention to detail.
Biggest headache was trying to get the above table access holes right. Turns out after I got it in that the router is so easy to adjust from below the table, I seldom go topside for that. The above table bit changes are the real nice part.

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Ron - I couldn't find a plate predrilled or marked to fit the 1700. Did find a couple for the larger model. Just needed to drill my own. Not difficult but does require some patience and attention to detail.
Biggest headache was trying to get the above table access holes right. Turns out after I got it in that the router is so easy to adjust from below the table, I seldom go topside for that. The above table bit changes are the real nice part.
The fixed base for the FT1702 router has mounting holes that will line up with those drilled for the Porter Cable 690. If you remove the base plate you will see all of the possible holes.
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The fixed base for the FT1702 router has mounting holes that will line up with those drilled for the Porter Cable 690. If you remove the base plate you will see all of the possible holes.
Charles - Does the Porter Cable pattern accomodate the base plate height adjustment of the 1700?
Seems like I had to rotate the pattern about 7 degrees counter clockwise to put the adjustment access holes to the operator side of the fence.
As I pointed out before, turns out not to be a big deal, now, just seemed to be at the time.

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