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Default First Benchtop Router Table, get a plate or go bare?

Hey guys, my first post!

I am building a bench top router table and I have a question about what I should do about mounting the router. On some of the beginner tables I saw at Sears, they dont have any plate; they just routed some wood out from the bottom, then made a hole in the top and screwed the router base to the bottom.

What im wondering is, should I use a plate? or should I do the same as what sears did? This is going to be my bench top router just for a little while so if I dont have to I dont want to spend too much on it. I dont have a router right now or a table saw to make the necessary cuts to make things like dovetail joints(i think thats what they are called) so when I get this first router setup, im going to make another table with those; this is just a starter table to get me going.

I saw that I can't post links till i get 10 posts so, the plan I have for a router table can be found by Googling "jeffgreefwoodworking benchrout". Should be the first one. Instead of that type of laminate top, im hoping to use 3/4 inch plywood or MDF.

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Also, if I should go with an insert, can anyone direct me where to get a good one for the money?
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Greetings and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us. Get a router plate from Harbor Freight about 10.00+Ft . You can remove the entire router without trying to get under it. Just makes life easier.

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Not having a plate makes bit changes a major operation.

You can make your own plate from a plastic kitchen cutting board. Get one of those 8mm thick semi-rigid plastic ones and cut it to size. Cut the central hole and carefully drill the holes for the router attachment screws.

If you keep the size of the plate as small as possible it won't sag.

Note: you can score points with the cook in your life by swapping an old cutting board for a new one :-)
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I found the Harbor Freight one last night so I ran to the store with only 3 minites till they closed aaaaaannnddd.........its an internet only item:-( lol just my luck. Ill see what I can find with regard to some cutting boards and if I cant find anything then I will order the harbor freight one.
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hello! i am from the philippines!

i am a newbie in this forum and currently building my rt.

my rt is simply a 16" x 36" laminated 3/4" mdf and fitted with a deluxe phenolic plate...i placed 2 x 2 underneath on all corners except at the left side so the front vise can grip it.

i chose this design coz the benchtop rt is too high for me (my wb height is 32") and my 3612c needs at least 14" table height...

now i am in the process of making the fence...is mdf good enough?

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Use a plate, you then get a greater depth of cut, without weakening the top.
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