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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got my router table plate from Rockler, a Bench Dog plate.

There are several screws included, and I also got the router table leveling and locking hardware pack, which included 8 screws and 2 "screw in nuts"...

The large screws are for screwing the router to the plate. But which screws do I use to fasten the plate to the table top? And how does the leveling screws work? There were no instructions included, so I'm a bit lost. I'm making my own router table, using a kitchen bench top.
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The 2 black screws secure the plate to the table using the 2 opposing corner holes in the plate and screwed into the 2 anchors which you'll mount in the table.
The 4 medium size screws mount the router to the 4 holes in the plate.
The 3 small screws hold the center ring in place.
The leveling screws will go into the table, under the plate. Your guess is as good as mine as to if they screw down or up.

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Mine came with instructions. You should call them and see if they can either send them to you or.. send you somewhere to download them.
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Bench Dog Router Table Plates - Rockler Woodworking Tools

Here's a link you may want to check out, the guides below you can rework your new plate so you can use the guides in your router table.
http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...00,51208,41778

http://www.routerforums.com/project-...-bogydave.html

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I finally got my router table plate from Rockler, a Bench Dog plate.

There are several screws included, and I also got the router table leveling and locking hardware pack, which included 8 screws and 2 "screw in nuts"...

The large screws are for screwing the router to the plate. But which screws do I use to fasten the plate to the table top? And how does the leveling screws work? There were no instructions included, so I'm a bit lost. I'm making my own router table, using a kitchen bench top.


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Thanks. The funny thing is that the black screws were together with the other screws on the left, while the anchors came with the leveling screws. There are actually four small screws (the three screws for fastening the insert is not in the picture). The black screws have a small head, barely enough to not slip through the holes in the plate....
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Your link explained the anchor part, thanks.

Still think the heads are a bit small though... If I tighten too hard, i think they might destoy the hole in the plate.....
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Your link explained the anchor part, thanks.

Still think the heads are a bit small though... If I tighten too hard, i think they might destoy the hole in the plate.....
I have Woodpeckers plates, both Aluminum and Phenolic. The leveling screws went in very hard like they were cross threaded or the wrong size. There is a reason for that of course, to keep them from vibrating loose and screwing up the leveling once set.

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I have Woodpeckers plates, both Aluminum and Phenolic. The leveling screws went in very hard like they were cross threaded or the wrong size. There is a reason for that of course, to keep them from vibrating loose and screwing up the leveling once set.
Hi Ken - I've got the INCRA plate and ran into the same thing, I think INCRA and Woodpeck use the same drawings. They felt like they were cross threading because they were. A call to INCRA revealed that the setscrews were 1/4-28 but the holes were tapped 1/4-27

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I'm making my own router table, so this won't be a problem I guess...
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Hi Ken - I've got the INCRA plate and ran into the same thing, I think INCRA and Woodpeck use the same drawings. They felt like they were cross threading because they were. A call to INCRA revealed that the setscrews were 1/4-28 but the holes were tapped 1/4-27
Hi John,

The instruction sheet that came with my Woodpeckers plates indicated they would be hard to install or something to that effect, but didn't say why. I just surmised they were different threads because if cross threading they would have gone in at a slant which they didn't. At the same time it also made sense they were difficult to install so they wouldn't loosen and let the plate move once leveled. I don't know about other plates but my Woodpeckers plate has a spring loaded button that presses against the side of the cut out to keep it in place.

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