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New to the site. I have two Bosch 1617 EVS. One is mounted in an old but heavy duty router table. The other I use with the plunge base. I have an additional fixed base and want to mount it to the underside of an old work table I have just for cutting raised panels with the horizontal bits. I have been using vertical raised panel bits in the old router table with a high fence I custom made and its OK - but I'd like to have a separate station only for raised panels and one where I could use the horizontal bits (my old table is made out of aluminum and the center hole is only 2.5 inches max.

What's the best way to mount the fixed base to the underside of a heavy table (1 inch thick pressed board with laminate top) - will I have to recess the underside is is the thickness OK. Also, what hole dia would be suggested to accommodate horizontal raised panel bits. For the fence, I am thinking of just clamping a piece in place when needed.

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Hello Henry,
Pressed trash is not going to last long, if there is any humidity in your shop. You can seal all sides, that will help a little. MDF is a better choice. I would suggest you get the 20.00 plate from HF. They are on sale pretty often. You get a set of inserts with it. A one inch table eats up a lot of needed depth.

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I put a HF in a 1-1/2" thick table;
Got help from bj3 & others here, worked & is working fine
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Ok this may be a dumb question - what is "HF" ?

I saw 3/4 inch MDF at Lowes for $25 for a 4 x 8 sheet. Is MDF suitable as is or does it need to be sealed and the top laminated ?
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Ok this may be a dumb question - what is "HF" ?

I saw 3/4 inch MDF at Lowes for $25 for a 4 x 8 sheet. Is MDF suitable as is or does it need to be sealed and the top laminated ?
i'd say laminate it, without laminate, if you get a drop of water on it, it'll bubble up there, like say a bead of sweat, or a drink whatever. also, the wood will slide much easier over laminate.
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I would use an router table insert and MDF. One thing to note with the bosch. If you cut a lot of mdf, the dust clogs the power switch. The router will sometimes turn on and sometimes not. A little compressed air and your good to go.
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You're right about the switch - should be covered. I love the Bosch though - it's a great router and that's why I have two. My old 1617 evs sound "different" than the new one - the new one is quieter and a much better soft start.
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Now I had a thought - is a plate even necessary for a router like the 1617 evs which comes out of the base easily and can be switched from base to base ? Why couldn't I just have a hole in the table top and fit the base to the underside without a plate at all ? Would need some kind of ring spacers and some way to mount them - also, I'm not sure of the mounting thickness limit if this would be a detriment to the height adjustment.
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Now I had a thought - is a plate even necessary for a router like the 1617 evs which comes out of the base easily and can be switched from base to base ? Why couldn't I just have a hole in the table top and fit the base to the underside without a plate at all ? Would need some kind of ring spacers and some way to mount them - also, I'm not sure of the mounting thickness limit if this would be a detriment to the height adjustment.
if you mount it right to the top, you're going to lose the table thickness in height adjustment.. a router plate is only 1/4" thick. if you routed the table top to 1/4" thick, and mounted it to that, it would be dangerous, and the router could break loose.. so it's better to use a router plate.
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