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Default Best method to limit table opening side w/o a router plate in the table?

I am thinking of making a new router table (hinged table top) and am thinking that to avoid the cost and potential catch points of having a plate in the top of the table as well as reducing rings, that I will mount the lift mechanism to the bottom of the table. However, this is where the question comes in... are there available ring systems which I can mount in the top of the table to reduce the opening size in the table when using a smaller bit (without having a plate mounted in the table)?

Also, what are the pro's and con's of doing what I am thinking about doing?

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Greetings Oliver and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us.

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hello Oliver

i presume you bought a lift kit for your router, the way it sounds. if you invested in a lift kit, then the insert plate is just a small addition that makes routing easier and more adjustable, with different sized rings.

imho i wouldnt build a table without an insert plate. you can get one from harbor freight for 20 bucks,

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Hi Oliver:

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You might have a look at the Incra Magnalock (Precision Fence :: Router Table & Accessories :: MagnaLOCK Ring Inserts.) They'll need some re-work of your table top (inserting rare earth magnets and levelers.)


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I would put a plate in with removable rings. Just mounting the router directly to the top might reduce the range of adjustability because of table thickness. If you make the top to thin it might sag over time. Making a thicker table top will stay flatter longer. You could use 1/4" aluminum plate or a 3/8" phenolic or lexan plate. I would not use 1/4" phenolic or lexan, to thin for this material. I have plates in my tables & have never had to take them out since they were installed.

I have in a pinch drilled a hole in 3/4" plywood to make a quick table, but have only done this at work on a location somewhere & no table available.

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+1 on plate. If you're going to inset rings, inset the plate.

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