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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2009, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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I was researching insert plates for a possible new router table and came across an interesting phenomenon:

1) The only plates that take 1.5" guides are single-opening affairs (Oak Park, Lee Valley), thus bigger cutters cannot be used. Oak Park does a 3-1/8" aperture plate but there is no insert to reduce this for smaller cutters.

2) The only exception is the Lee Valley table top but that is steel, huge and expensive.

3) All the other plates (Kreg, Pinnacle, HF, you name them) have two inserts, one of which takes 1-3/16" guides.

4) You can buy a set of insert rings for some of them (Notably Pinnacle), but none of them take 1.5" guides/brass inserts. To be fair the Pinnacle set goes down to 5/8" aperture which should probably be OK down to 1/4" cutter (?) The downside is that the Pinnacle plate and a set of inserts (Aluminium) are close to $200.

5) The one exception I could find is Bench Dog but as far as I can tell their 1.5" insert is not recessed for guide use.

Am I right in saying that if you want to use 1.5" guides/brass inserts you are limited to a single aperture plate or you need to re-drill and recess one of the rings in the other plates? Does anyone know of a plate with 2 or 3 insert rings which fit 1.5" guides?
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crquack... I haven't seen them either but this isn't usually a big thing. Bits much over 1" aren't used all that frequently by most, unless they are making raised panels and even then you can use vertical panel bits for all but curved doors / panels. That's why most routers come with 1 base plate, usually with for a 1-3/16" hole for 1-3/8" nutted PC guides. If you need that you can just swap plates. If you're going to be making a lot of raised panel doors some folks set up multiple tables or multiple routers & plates.

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Thanks. I have kind of come to the same conclusion. It is not that I am unhappy with my existing $50 table, it's that now I have a second base I was wondering what the best use for it would be.

I could make a second table top dedicated to bigger cutters or I could re-make the table and iron out the wrinkles of the first one.

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If I am not mistaken Rockler bases have a blank insert available for their plates and Bench Dogs plates. Just put the insert in and "cut" it to size with the router bit. You might need to cut a smaller hole first with a straight bit in order to clear the bearing of a larger bit such as a cabinet bit.
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I have the OP table, and I have a plate with the smaller opening, and now, one with the 3-1/8" opening. I got an extra fixed base for my Bosch 1617, and have one connected to each plate.....that way, all I have to do is take the motor out of one and put it in the other....makes it much easier than unmounting from one plate and mounting to the other plate.....
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