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My wife purchased for me an Oak-Park router table with pre-drilled plate.

The plate is not flush with the table (sticks above table)-- no burs in the rabbit and I have rotated the plate to all 4 sides does not help.

any suggestions? Oak-Park is closed for the holidays.. want to use it and not wait...

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Not well acquainted with Oak Park, but I would think there should some kind of leveling screws in all four corners for leveling. I know they make an excellent router table so a fix should be come by easily.

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I just went through this. See the thread "Leveling the router plate?" from 12/24. First make sure the table top to rabbit ledge is deeper than the thickness of your plate. The plate should have 4 to 8 leveling screws either in the plate or in the rabbit edge. Make sure the screws are recessed in the plate or ledge then insert the plate in the opening. At this point the plate should be a little below table level. If not, the rabbit will need to be set deeper. If it is, then start slowly screwing the leveling screws in. One thing, it takes some time to get the plate level. When you get one side level and then start leveling the other side, it will affect what you just leveled so go slow, working back and forth between each screw, fine tuning each one. If you get frustrated as I did, just walk away for a while and start again later. Good luck and enjoy the table. Craig
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I really wish the plate had screws in the corners or anywhere but not to be. Still scratching my head... I really did not want to route the rabbit deeper- it should have shipped at the correct depth. This is why I wanted the table and plate -- hoping for close to plug and play type of purchased.

The table and pre-drilled plate is not cheap! The product is just so-so and now I am not happy with the end results.. Maybe the right people will read this and respond.

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I have read on this forum that the table top and plate were designed to not be flush -- reads like political spin to me -- to justify not having it flush.

When doing long boards it seems that good support is needed the length of the table..

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HI Paul

I know it's hard but keep your pants on,, call OP they will make it right, you may need to wait a little bit but you don't want to start reworking it..

They will bend over a long way to make you a happy customer ..

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HI Paul

I know it's hard but keep your pants on,, call OP they will make it right, you may need to wait a little bit but you don't want to start reworking it..

They will bend over a long way to make you a happy customer ..

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Sorry, off topic, but "keep your pants on", "bend over a long way" ... Bob, you have a colorful way with words to say the least.
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My plate didn't fit in either. I had to carefully route out some extra width on the rabbets to get it to sit in there. I believe I also needed some extra depth, so I just ran the router around with a straight bit set to take off just a touch. You might need to do that.

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Bobj3,

I hope this is your way of trying to help! It sure does NOT make me feel better about my purchase! Nor my recommendation to other woodworkers.

Just so you know I do not drop my pants unless it does not have zipper. And then only when nature calls. i am sorry you worry about my pants position.

I have made mistakes in the past but did not think that this would turn out to be one. The plate did not come with pre- drilled hole for the above table winder (Triton) even though it was specified during the ordering process.

NOt a big deal because I can use the router's base plate to use as a template and drill one. But this along with the sloppy fit adds up.

So now I will shut up and get on with life.

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Aww... bob was just kidding about the pants.
I know it sucks when something is wrong with a product you only just ordered in and you are raring to use that product. Unfortunately though at this point all you can do it hurry up and wait. I would definitely NOT alter it in any way if I were you until you talk to the folks at Oak Park. I wouldn't even use it. Just wait until after the new year rings in and settle up then. That way you are completely in the right and the product is returnable if need be.
I'm sure they will make it right for you.

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