Iím new here. Thanks in advance for all of the time and input. Iíve read a lot of older posts (great stuff, btw) and while there similar things asked, I didnít see anything on this exact issue.I wanted to join and ask some questions about a router table that Iíve been designing in my head for some time now. Right now, Iím trying to understand the real purpose of the inserts that go into the plate. Hereís why I askÖ
Iím designing my customer table and top to fit my needs. I bought a Freud FT3000 VCE to be my full-time dedicated table router (I have other routers for other jobs). While Iíve been designing, Iíve spent a good amount of time reading on router plates from the usual retail outlets. For this particular router, it looks like I will need to buy a blank and drill my own holes. No big deal. But, as Iíve thought about this, I canít stop thinking about using an alternative plate. In fact, Iíve got a metal fabrication company around the corner and they take walk in jobs (it is actually quite a large company; I trust them to do good work). I was considering taking in a plate design and having it milled to my specs. Then, attaching my router directly to the plate WITHOUT the inserts (I would not even have them mill out space for the inserts - ).
What I am I missing here? Iíve got to be missing something as to why the ďinsertsĒ are so important. I should be able to still change the bits from the bottom. Will my idea of fabricating my own plate without a spot for the inserts work?