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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all,
I have been a member for a while now but just lurk in the background reading your posts. I have managed to spend some time in my workshop recently and decided it was time to build my first router table.
I have just received my TRB001 Triton router which I am very impressed with, only played with on the bench and watched the Triton welcome video.
I also have received my base plate which I opted for the Veritas base plate Manuf. Ref : 05J2501. It is 9inches in dia and 1/4 inch thick phenolic base. With this base plate it requires that you drill the holes to mount to your router, no problem there.
I realised after all my excitement had died down that it looks like I also have to make the holes and discs for the different size table inserts I would wish to use, ie my raised panel bit is 80mm dia and the hole supplied in the middle is only 1.5 inches.

So to my questions, have I bought the wrong base plate? should I try and send it back? How would you make the holes and inserts for different size bits?

Many thanks in advance for your advice, Simon
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It sounds like you and I are at about the same stage in our router development! I'm in the process of building a table as well. I did build one years ago, but it lacked a plate and I soon learned it was inadequate for my needs. I bought one from Sears...big mistake! The aluminum top, insert rings, and fence were all disasters.

That brings me to the now...building another table. I spent a lot of time pondering the plate situation. Early on I rejected those with the fixed hole diameter like yours. I finally, this morning in fact, ordered one from MLCS. Their phenolic plate is on sale for $34.95 right now and it comes with two rings (one inside the other), which effectively gives you three hole sizes. The smallest opening is also supposed to take Porter Cable style guide bushings. My biggest debate was whether I should get the phenolic plate or the aluminum, which was nearly twice the price. After hanging out here and noting how many here have built their own plates out of phenolic, I figured it would probably outlast me, so that's the route I took.

I guess I didn't really answer your question, but I can commiserate with you none the less. The MLCS plate is pretty affordable if you find that you do have to get a different one.
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Hi Russ,
I have decided to stick with the veritas plate because after checking I realized all my bits apart from the cabinet making set will go through the 1.5inch hole. Veritas replied to my email yesterday very quickly, I might add. I will void the warranty if I enlarge the center hole.
For the cabinet set I will make another blank plate then plunge the bit through for the clearance needed. I know this will be time consuming swapping base plates over and if it becomes to much of a pain a may replace the plate in the future.
I did check out the plate you bought from MLCS it looks good.
Good luck with your table I'm hoping to get back in my workshop soon. I have been in bed struck down with heavy cold/flu for the last few days, but then so many have been in the UK this winter.

Cheers Si
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Good luck with your table. I too am recovering from a severe head cold. It hasn't helped that I've had to be out blowing snow several times over the duration of the cold either, I guess. It's snowing again, but I'll wait until later in the day to blow it or end up doing it again and again...again
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