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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-06-2012, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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I come with a recyclable sticker so please bare with me as this is the first time I've attemented to go beyond the very basic uses of a router.

First may I say WOW…awesome site with a ton of information, matter of fact, I’m a little overwhelmed with the information I’ve already found. That’s a good thing right??

Anyway, I’m currently in the process of building a router table for larger jobs then what you can buy from your local home improvement chain. I’m needing it to clean up edges on speaker boxes and square up the cuts after rough cutting them with a circle saw.

I’ve noticed post plates I see being used on router tables are square (rectangle) in shape and some of you guys seem to be running some monstrous routers. Mine is just your basic Sears router (1 ½ hp??). Would it be possible for me to make a round router plate to fit flush in the table? I already have a circle jig so it would be much quicker and easier to accomplish (making it out of ¼ Plexiglas). What would be the drawbacks if any? Just didn’t see any being used so thought I would ask. If this is acceptable for my typical projects, would I need to double up on the Plexiglas to eliminate any possible sag?

This table will be broken down and put in storage when not in use so the router will only be mounted while in use.
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Hellol Brandon! Welcome to the forum! Can You tell us what big is? Thanks for joining! Hope You can find all that You are looking for

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Hey Dude,
welcome.....
your enthusiasm exudes from your text....good stuff.
Plexiglass will work if as you state you will remove after routing....
Though as a newbiemyself I have been convinced by some very experienced and good guys that an insert plate is the way to go, regardless of how many hours you plan on putting on your router. I have one of those 'monsters', 3.25HP and the old addage applies, ....do it once properly....not ten times when each of those ten are not what you need....get a good Aliminium plate for £40.00...it will also save you doubling the thickness of laminating 2 layers of plexi and not having enough mm to get your job done.....I'm sure Bob 3j will have some good advice for you....listen to the man....he knows.....
enjoy making dust dude.....but be safe please...for all of our sakes..
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Hi shake

Round plates work great in router tables,,Many ways to fit the router in the table here's just one of them..see link below..the one below is for the Bosch Colt but the same setup can be use for the Craftsman router, see the other link for a shot of the router plate that can be made so you can just slip it in the router table with the handles on the router and in place.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...=1,43000,51208
http://www.leevalley.com/US/shopping...s.aspx?p=40702

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ter-table.htm

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I come with a recyclable sticker so please bare with me as this is the first time I've attemented to go beyond the very basic uses of a router.

First may I say WOW…awesome site with a ton of information, matter of fact, I’m a little overwhelmed with the information I’ve already found. That’s a good thing right??

Anyway, I’m currently in the process of building a router table for larger jobs then what you can buy from your local home improvement chain. I’m needing it to clean up edges on speaker boxes and square up the cuts after rough cutting them with a circle saw.

I’ve noticed post plates I see being used on router tables are square (rectangle) in shape and some of you guys seem to be running some monstrous routers. Mine is just your basic Sears router (1 ½ hp??). Would it be possible for me to make a round router plate to fit flush in the table? I already have a circle jig so it would be much quicker and easier to accomplish (making it out of ¼ Plexiglas). What would be the drawbacks if any? Just didn’t see any being used so thought I would ask. If this is acceptable for my typical projects, would I need to double up on the Plexiglas to eliminate any possible sag?

This table will be broken down and put in storage when not in use so the router will only be mounted while in use.



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Hellol Brandon! Welcome to the forum! Can You tell us what big is? Thanks for joining! Hope You can find all that You are looking for
The top itself will be 35 1/4 x 32 1/2. I'd to have about 20" or more between the fence and the bit for cleaning up boards that I've cut or whatever I might try.

It seems just from the little research I've done over the past few days on here, not only have I not seen the tip of the iceburg, I haven't even hit ice cold water. Some much information I can't wait to leave my day job just to try something with my router.
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Thank you so much Bob. Sometimes when I think I have a GREAT idea, a quick search on the web will quickly disprove me.

I've spent the last two days looking over the router table picture thread and have been in absolute awe at what has been built by other members. Mine won’t be near as integrate this time around. I need it mostly for portability and quickness as I do most of my work on site.

Cost also plays an important factor and I try and use leftover material from my audio installs to create tools that will help me, this is where the Plexiglas and MDF will come into play.
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Wish I had 10 posts already so I could go back and edit my typos. LOL
If anyone needs clearification until then, please feel free to ask. I have thick skin and can take it.
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Hi Brandon

I'm the same way use what you have on hand ,that's one of the neat things about the round base plate in the router table, a speaker box made out of some leftover MDF and some leftover plastic and you have it done, I'm almost sure you put in 10" speakers all the time and it's a good size for the router mount plate with a quick rabbit for the speaker hole and just drop your router in the hole and your set to use it, a quick and easy ..

See the link below how easy you can get the job done and you don't need to take a router table to your job site once you make the speaker box you can use it for your router table..

Lee Valley Tools - The Veritas® Router Base Plate

I should note my son works for Car-Toys as a install Mrg.and I got him to make one for the shop and now they use it all the time..they use the big 3 1/2HP plunge PC router all the time..

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Thank you so much Bob. Sometimes when I think I have a GREAT idea, a quick search on the web will quickly disprove me.

I've spent the last two days looking over the router table picture thread and have been in absolute awe at what has been built by other members. Mine won’t be near as integrate this time around. I need it mostly for portability and quickness as I do most of my work on site.

Cost also plays an important factor and I try and use leftover material from my audio installs to create tools that will help me, this is where the Plexiglas and MDF will come into play.



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Thanks again for all the quick and great advise...off to make holes and kick some saw dust in the air.

Everyone have a great weekend, I'll post up pictures once my project is completed (just dont laugh).
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Hi Brandon

Your Welcome for my small part
You may say but I want to use a fence on my router table. the quick drawing below may help with that..




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Thanks again for all the quick and great advise...off to make holes and kick some saw dust in the air.

Everyone have a great weekend, I'll post up pictures once my project is completed (just dont laugh).



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