Router base plate
Well it's getting to the point with the new RT that I had to find some material for the base plate. I've gone through the threads and read the pros and cons of Aluminum vs Phenolic, buying vs making and the benefits of Lexan. I have decided to go with Aluminum if for no other reason than that I have access to large amounts of it and the machining of it is no problem. The Aluminum plate that I will be using is 3/4" thick 10"x14" 70-75-T6 aircraft aluminum tool plate.
I have two choices on mounting the router to the plate,one is to machine a recess into the plate the exact size of the router base and then screwing the base plate to the router in the conventional way and two is to first machine steel posts to fit the plunge holes in the router body and then press fit them into slightly undersized holes in the aluminum plate. I really don't see a problem with this as the spring mechanism is not required and would make changing over to hand held very easy. And using the second method there would be no loss of cutting height as the Makita 3612 base already stands 3/4" proud.
On the top side its just a matter of machining in a 4x 1/4" deep recess with a 3.5" through hole to fit the aluminum, HDF or acrylic inserts.
How about some feedback on this.
And oh yes the edges will be machined as will the top surface. Top will be surfaced down perhaps 30 thou for cleanup.
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