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Default Insert plate vs. Direct bolt to router table

This is probably a really dumb question, but what are the advantages of bolting the router to an insert plate that is flush mounted in the router table versus just bolting the router directly to the table?

I am trying to design my table and I have been looking at insert plates, but I do not want to spend $60+ on something that is not necessary.

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Hi Eric

The real advantage is you can pop the router out easy plus if you bolt the router in without it you will lose about 3/4" to 1 1/2" of the router height adjustment not to say anythng about the snap in rings that will let you use just about any bit in the router table..

Here's one plate I recommend all the time..
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This is probably a really dumb question, but what are the advantages of bolting the router to an insert plate that is flush mounted in the router table versus just bolting the router directly to the table?

I am trying to design my table and I have been looking at insert plates, but I do not want to spend $60+ on something that is not necessary.

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Thanks for the info. How come you lose so much height adjustment with the direct bolt option?
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Thanks for the info. How come you lose so much height adjustment with the direct bolt option?
If you bolt to the bottom side of the table, the thickness of the table needs to be accounted for, unless you were visualizing something else?? Most table tops are 3/4" +.

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Thats something I didn't think about, make perfect sense though. Im glad I started asking questions before I started building. Thanks guys
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What are you going to use your table for? Generally a plate is the way to go. A plate makes it much easier to change bits, especially if you don't have a router lift or a router like the Triton... Just got an Incra Aluminum Router Plate, it's really nice and comes with magnet inserts...
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I've tried both. Now I use a plate.

Cheap option: make a plate from an 8mm thick plastic kitchen chopping board. They vary a lot in rigidity so shop around.

Be aware that you lose out on the snap-in rings - but I did say cheap :-)
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Here's a good plate to use. $20
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Timely question! I got on the forum to ask the same question! Thanks for the replies and advice.

Axlmyks, I take it you have one of these. I called HF and this is an Online or catalogue item only. Thanks.

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I have a Rousseau and an HF plate. They fit in the same hole. The only difference is the HF doesn't have the slight hump at the inserts.

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