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hi there, i just bought a router. its a skil 1-3/4 hp


i am gonna buy a old table and make a router table. i will be using templates and a bushing for cutting the wood.

heres my question, what do i need to convert my router to a table router? do i just need to pull off the clear thing on the bottom?

another question, will a bushing fit on my router? is so what type?

thanks in advanced
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Hi Skyliner:

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There are different ways to mount the router.

1. Remove the acrylic sub-base and screw the router base to the underside of the table top. This needs the top to be somewhat thin around where the base is mounted -- to reduce the loss of bit height.

2. Remove the acrylic sub-base and clamp the router base to the underside of the table top, using toggle clamps. Like the first solution, this requires a somewhat thin top where the base is mounted.

3. Get a suitable router lift and mounting plate. This eliminates the thin table top, but does need a sizable opening in the table top.

4. Make one's own router lift.

Just some of the possibilities.

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Hi skyliner

Here's just one more way to get the job done quick and easy and to keeo the cost down,pickup one of the Milescrafts base plate, the Milescraft base plates are 7" OD the norm just a little bit bigger than the base on the router.
Remove the base plate that came with your router and put in back in the box with the other parts for your router, now use the Milescraft base plate to hang the router upside down in your new table, it's a very easy job and you can use the template guides on your router table and still use up to 2" OD bits.

You can also use the brass guides on your router table if you want..

Amazon.com: Milescraft 1211 Base Plate Metal-Nose Bushing Set for Routers: Home Improvement

9 Piece Router Template Guide Set

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hi there, i just bought a router. its a skil 1-3/4 hp


i am gonna buy a old table and make a router table. i will be using templates and a bushing for cutting the wood.

heres my question, what do i need to convert my router to a table router? do i just need to pull off the clear thing on the bottom?

another question, will a bushing fit on my router? is so what type?

thanks in advanced


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You will find STICKY threads showing you how to make a new sub base plate that will accept PC or Oak Park style buide bushings and how to install a mounting plate in your table top. This will help you get routing quickly, after all... the purpose is to build projects not spend a long time or a lot of money getting set up.

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Hey, Bob, thanks! I keep forgetting that one, for some reason. Good technique.

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Hi Cassandra

Thanks , I post so many I forget sometimes too so many go off the deep end when making one ,it's not hard when making a router table, it's just a apple box so to speak..I keep forgetting the golden rule, make it in the KISS way and you will use it.


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thanks for all the replys!

my last question is which bushings will fit on the base of my router?
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thanks for all the replys!

my last question is which bushings will fit on the base of my router?
Hi Sky - you will need this adapter, then you can use any of the PC style (two piece) bushings
Amazon.com: Skil RAS140 Templet Guide Adapter: Home Improvement

Unfortunately, it seems to be out of stock at Amazon. Try ordering it through a dealer. If that fails, you can use this kit from milescraft and replace the Skil baseplate with the one from the kit.
http://www.amazon.com/Milescraft-121...5597743&sr=1-9

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ok, so i just bought the adapter.

but im abit confused on bushings, i notice they have a OD, and ID. the bit i was planning on getting has a 1/2'' collet. and the bit itself is also 1/2''. so the bushings ID would have to be 1/2'' right? but the OD will be bigger than the bit making the cut from my template slightly bigger.

what do i need to do? do i need to buy a bit with a 14'' collet and a 1/2'' bit?

could somebody please explain this?
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