Is insert plate necessary?
I'm planning to mount a router directly to my 3/16" thick cast aluminum table saw extension to serve as my router table. (Inca 2100) It has a "rib" network under the top which serves to strengthen it. In the center is a 7" circular rib section where I'll mount the router... without a plate. Is this advisable?
Which routers should I consider? I'd like to be able to change bits and adjust height from the top of the table. Is there a router with 2 easy-attach bases so I can dedicate one base to the table and easily/quickly pull the motor portion and use it in the alternate base for hand routing?
OR, for $500, I could buy the Freud Router Table System which INCLUDES their 3-1/4 HP router, FT2200E. (No above table controls on this model.) I'm sure it's an excellent router but does anyone have experience with their table/fence, etc? Looks a little small and flimsy to me.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and advice.