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How many of you make your own inserts?
I ordered a 3/8 inch piece of Plexiglas that was 12 by 18 and made 2 inserts, one for each router. The plexi cut well on my table saw and I used a hole saw and forstner bits for the mounting holes. My big router is 2.5 Hp small one is 1 Hp.

Now that I've done that, is there any hidden dangers here? Is it strong enough?

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I'd like to post pics, but need a few more messages before that.

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If it is level with the plate and does not fall through great , use it. I have made a variety in steel, brass, aluminium and lexan.
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OK, figuring out the picture thing.. Just can't post links yet... I think..

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Hi Tony, Welcome to the Forums.
Nothing at all wrong with making your own plate. I prefer the aluminum ones, but I've used a phenolic for years. My only caution is that with the larger router, you may want to remove the router from the table when not in use. Over time it can bow/warp on you. Some have gotten around this issue by using a larger recess...on the order of an inch or so...to give the plate more support.

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Mike, I figure if I get a total failure, it will merely fall down into the enclosure and I can pull the plug..
thanks for the advice!

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Nice setup Neslot. You are lucky with your setup. My wife would not allow me to set my router lift in the floor like yours, even though there is enough headroom in the cellar.
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Hi Tony,
3/8" thickness is ok but you don't want to many square inches. A 9" x 11" plate should be enough.

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Is that a wood patterned laminate or did you use flooring material for your table top? I noticed the miter track has square ends, how did you make the cutout on the table top to have square ends? Did you use a chisel or what?

I'm going to install miter tracks on a top and I didn't know if I was going to radius the aluminum track to match whatever router bit I use to make the dado or if there is an easy way to square up the wood top so that I don't have to grind the miter track to fit. (sorry if that's confusing)
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Hi Tony

I use it all the time,it will support your router just fine and putting the Colt in is a good way to use it for the small jobs, not just for trim work..

I also have one installed in my router table.it's not the same way you have but it's a little bit diff. but I use it all the time..

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ter-table.html

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How many of you make your own inserts?
I ordered a 3/8 inch piece of Plexiglas that was 12 by 18 and made 2 inserts, one for each router. The plexi cut well on my table saw and I used a hole saw and forstner bits for the mounting holes. My big router is 2.5 Hp small one is 1 Hp.

Now that I've done that, is there any hidden dangers here? Is it strong enough?

Thanks..
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