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I have the Oak Park router table and their phenolic vacu-plate base plate and everything has fit well until I went out to the shop today and had to tap my base plate into and out of the opening with a dead blow hammer. It has become too tight for comfort and I am sure it has to do with moisture from all the rains and flooding we have had lately. I have my shop humidity under control since the flood, but I think my table may be permanetly affected for some reason.

I need some advise on a solution. Should I try to lightly sand the phenolic base plate on 2 joining sides and corners or work on the table opening? What other alternatives am I overlooking?

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Hi Bob,

I've had a similar problem in the past myself. I simply took a file and filed down all 4 corners just slightly. Not much is needed. You'll find, you only need to work on the corners not the edges themselves.

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Hi Bob

Do you have a heat gun/hair dryer if so use it with care on the top,,without the plate in place,, it may pull the humidity out ,,if not sand the plate but with care again..

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I have the Oak Park router table and their phenolic vacu-plate base plate and everything has fit well until I went out to the shop today and had to tap my base plate into and out of the opening with a dead blow hammer. It has become too tight for comfort and I am sure it has to do with moisture from all the rains and flooding we have had lately. I have my shop humidity under control since the flood, but I think my table may be permanetly affected for some reason.

I need some advise on a solution. Should I try to lightly sand the phenolic base plate on 2 joining sides and corners or work on the table opening? What other alternatives am I overlooking?

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Thanks guys, I'll try my heat gun first and if that don't fix it, I'll work on the corners only like Ken suggests.

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Once it fits, seal the wood??

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