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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Says it all doesn't it. Being a new router guy thought i would upgrade a little bit and get a new table top and plate for my shop.Not gonna mention the manufacturer but what i recieved was a pretty decent top with a pretty nifty fence but a badly sagging plate.Since the plate is 9"x 12"x 3/8",I don't have very much choice for replacement of the plate.Any recomendations?.I would like to keep the table and fence if possible.



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If the insert can't be made level using the leveling screws, then you should probably just contact the vendor and/or manufacturer and get a replacement insert.
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Most of the plates are a standard dimension - my recommendation, if appropriate, is to invest in a precision-lift (Incra, Jessum, others) metal plate, and install support braces under the table - aluminum angle iron should do the trip. This IS an expensive alternative; however, quality is expensive once! Short of this, go for the in-kind replacement from the manufacturer - I hesitate to say this, if the materials used will warp over time. If you can get a straight & true replacement, then do the aluminum bracing to toughen the table. Also, if you're suspending a big 3+ hp router, the table needs all the help you can give it.
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Rene, all manufacturers have slip ups in quality control. Contact them about a replacement. If they don't make it right let me know and I will assist you.

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Thanks for the replies guys.I tried the retailer where i got the table and they pretty much told me i must of screwed it up when i drilled for the router.I did try a trick that i read on this forum somewhere.raised the outfeed a little ,and lowered the in feed.At least i can use it on narrower pieces for now till the new plate i ordered comes in.Gonna try an aluminum blackjack plate.It is 1/4" thick compared to the 3/8 that came with the table but i'm sure i can fix that.have access to 1/8* shimming material that will do the trick i think.

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Rene, the choice is yours of course, but I would go right up the chain, past the guy on the floor, past the store manger if necessary, and also be in contact with the manufacturer. There is NO WAY that plate should sag.

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Ok the blackjack insert came in.Thumbs up .Had the whole thing installed in no time it is completely flat.Best routing day i've had yet.Did some test cuts on it using the oakpark jigs and bearing bits .Everything came out super.Ready to rock an roll.Thanks for the stickies on how to mount.

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