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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone with a OP router table know if there is a router plate insert that fits this table? The one that comes with table for my Bosch 1617 is just not any good. It mounts with the 3 rotating discs and those discs are incredibly soft. One of the screws that goes into the Bosch is smaller than the rest, but the insert plate doesn't account for the smaller size, and so the screw head is just about ready to fall through the soft insert plate. Someone mentioned having my router base rethreaded, but I don't want to permanently modify my router just for this table. I'd rather just find a new insert plate for the table that works better with my router. I don't really want to make one if there is already one available elsewhere that fits.
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If no one knows of any insert plates that would fit...I'll probably have to make my own. Can I use my router to shape a plate? Or would that ruin my bits?
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I think Lee Valley (Lee Valley Tools - Woodworking Tools, Woodworking Supplies, Woodworking Books for Woodworkers) may have exactly what you are looking for. I have a set and they work well. They also have a subset of the template guides Oak Park used to sell. The same locking ring works for both the inserts and template guides.

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Kevin, I have an "A" type plate with my 1617. This uses 4 screws in slots and works very well. The screw holes are hidden under the sub base plate on the fixed base. Oak Park changed the design so either base could be mounted to the plate. A solution is to get a flat washer and use a large center punch to cup it. This washer will increase the effective diameter of the screw head so it will not pull through.

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When you say to "cup" the washer, do you just mean to bend the washer so it fits the shape of the slot? Is there a tool that would do that?
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