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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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I new not only in this forum but even in woodworking, therefore sorry for stupid question that I got for myself after reading of lot of messages in forums: why is it necessary to buy ready made insert to build router table if you guys so excellent in woodworking and building unbelivable nice routing tables? What is it not possible to fix router directly to the top of router table?

P.S. As you probably understood, I just on a way to my first router table

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Juris, the reason for using a mounting plate is it makes changing bits and adjustments much easier.

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Does it mean that for changing bits it is necessary to remove the insert from the table? Really sorry for such stupid question
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You can mount the router direct to the table . Depend's on which router you are going to use some of the locking nut's or collet wound be down inside of table and the wrench's may not reach ?? With a mounting plate you can pop out the router and losen the nut to take out the bit's. And if you are going to use table inseart's it would be hard to put the bottom nut on. Good luck on the table.

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Welcome and your english is just fine. An insert plate also has interchangeable insert rings that close the opening around the bit.

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Cheapest insert I can order only from UK and with shipping it is around 80$ and not 20$ discussed in forum ... I am not able to buy inserts in Latvia ...
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Routers have insert rings that pop out. On mine it has two plactic rings a big hole one and a small hole one. You can use the big one to clear larger bit's or snap the smaller one into the big one for a smaller hole. When I want to change a bits I just take them both out and I can reach the in with the wrenches.

If I didn't have a plate with these rings and just had it mounted to the table I would have to make some sort of ring system to open and close the hole in the table for differnt sized bits.
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Welcome to the forum, Juris..

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Juris, you can make your own plate. 8 mm aluminum plate or 10 mm plastic like Lexan are commonly used.

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I am building my insert plate and making the insert rings. Question: do the insert rings need to have some locking mechanism to the insert plate or can they just rest on the plate lip. i.e Any safety issue if not lock. Thanks.
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