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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-15-2004, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi, hoping someone has some suggestions for me...I have a Sears router table but have a new Milwaukee router...I'm trying to mount the router into the table, here's the fun part...Sears has a proprietary size for it's mounting plates 11" x 9", I called Oak Park praying that they had a plate of this size but alas thier's is 11" x 11". I want to be able to use the brass guides that Oak-Park has but they fit onto thier plate which won't fit into my table....any ideas?
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Is the router table New? I would return the table to sears, and get the table or table top kit from Oak Park. Sears uses standard Porter Cable size guides, Ibelieve thay are 1 3/16ths dia. Oak Park uses larger guides. If you can't return the tabe to Sears, then I suggest that you buy some Porter Cable size guides. But I would not buy
steel guides, as they loosen and can damage the bit.
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Buy the bare bones table and plate from oak park and build your system around it. Save yourself a lot of headaches.


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What happened to standardization?
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There are standards. 1/2 and 1/4 collets. lol


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That is standardiztion for craftsman tools I've had people warn me about buying from craftsman. Because just about every thing they make is for just there tools not for another manufacture's tools.
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I have a craftsman table as well but my husband had a buddy of his machine a new aluminum plate which I interchange to use the freud guides. It can be a bit of a pain unmounting the router to change the plates but at least I didn't need to rebuy another table.
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I built a table basically the same as the one used on "The Router Workshop" for around $50 and used the Oak Park base plate. I used 1/2" 9 ply Baltic birch plywood and a sink cutout from a cabinet shop. Must say, it works fine.

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I think that I'll have to end up getting a new table...Oak-Park's looks nice...it is a pain to unmount the router to make any changes, even changing the cutters is time-consuming because you can't easily lift the router out of the table for acces...thanks all for the replies...
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I think that I'll have to end up getting a new table...Oak-Park's looks nice...it is a pain to unmount the router to make any changes, even changing the cutters is time-consuming because you can't easily lift the router out of the table for acces...thanks all for the replies...
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