Router Plate Slop? - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
JudgeMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 281
 
Default Router Plate Slop?

I recieved my Rockler Router plate as well as the Rockler router plate template and the Rockler recomended pattern bit. Keep in mind I am a router rookie. From all the posts I've read here on the forum it seems quite important that the plate be a perfectly tight fit in it's opening. Upon placing the plate into the pattern it seemed to have lots of slop. When pushing the plate into one corner of the pattern I would say a good 1/16" open air on each of the two remaining sides. I made a test cut on a scrap piece and that is the way it still came out. What I got, was the way it showed at first. I don't think this would be an acceptable tolerance from all I have read. My question is; Can I do anything to get it right using that same pattern? The radius is perfect. Thanks for any advice...Mike
JudgeMike is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 09:53 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 310
 
Default

You can try running some masking tape around the perimeter of the pattern.

On my first table the plate was a little loose, ended up screwing it down for production runs, otherwise unless the bit did not have a bearing I pretty much just pushed the plate tight in the feed direction and had at it.
TomE is offline  
post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 10:14 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Bill
Posts: 151
 
Default

I'd just send the whole mess back. A few thou of slop is one thing, a 16th is another, it'd take you a bunch of wraps of blue tape to snug things up.

Vendors like Rockler and Woodcraft will sell you crap as long as you'll pay for it and not return it. Don't encourage them.

Bill
billg71 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 09:31 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 310
 
Default

Bill also offers up another way to make a plate template after you send the whole mess back. But you'll still need a plate to do it so you might want to send back only the template.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ation-kit.html
TomE is offline  
post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 10:20 AM
Registered User
 
Cochese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: United States
First Name: C
Posts: 859
 
Default

It's not going to be friction fit. I have a minor gap all the way around my plate and it hasn't affected anything.

The 144 Workshop - Ambitious but rubbish woodworking
Cochese is offline  
post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 10:29 AM
Retired Moderator
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 11,921
 
Send a message via Skype™ to Mike
Default

Mike, I know exactly what you mean, my set is the same way. I wasn't concerned because I bought the plate and template on clearance for a total of about $28. An easy solution is to glue a piece of veneer or edge banding on one end of your opening and this will shim it to a nice fit. Apply the glue and veneer then insert your plate to hold it in position and trim it flush with a single edge razor blade.

Mike
"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Last edited by Mike; 04-20-2012 at 10:31 AM.
Mike is offline  
post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
JudgeMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 281
 
Default

I am a municipal judge and we have what is called a ListServ. Basically, it is a forum just like this, but only other judges belong or subscribe to. When we run into an unknown issue or problem or just would like to know how someone else would handle a particular issue we can discuss it among ourselves. One might get totally different answers and views and opinions on the very same issues. You can pick and choose what might work for you, or ignore them all. I love that, and I love this forum for the same attributes. I like to get different opinions. That works for me. You can pick and choose from a variety of helpful solutions with maybe several or none being the absolute answer. Thank you very much for this forum, thank you very much for the suggestions...JudgeMike
JudgeMike is offline  
post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 03:57 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi

I need to say 1/16" gap is not a big deal.you are always moving the stock over the plate the same way most of the time..if it gets to you just drill a 1/8" hole in the corners and drive in a 1/8" dowel pin and lock it in one place..

==




"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 11:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 310
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JudgeMike View Post
One might get totally different answers and views and opinions on the very same issues. You can pick and choose what might work for you, or ignore them all. I love that, and I love this forum for the same attributes. I like to get different opinions. That works for me. You can pick and choose from a variety of helpful solutions with maybe several or none being the absolute answer. Thank you very much for this forum, thank you very much for the suggestions...JudgeMike
Yer right, ask ten folks how to do something you'll get 10 variations of solution.

The primary "law" we all try to adhere to around here is be safe.
The second rule of order should be do what works for you and have fun doing it.
TomE is offline  
post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 01:07 AM
Official Greeter
 
jw2170's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Country: Australia
First Name: James
Posts: 18,189
 
Send a message via Skype™ to jw2170
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JudgeMike View Post
I recieved my Rockler Router plate as well as the Rockler router plate template and the Rockler recomended pattern bit. Keep in mind I am a router rookie. From all the posts I've read here on the forum it seems quite important that the plate be a perfectly tight fit in it's opening. Upon placing the plate into the pattern it seemed to have lots of slop. When pushing the plate into one corner of the pattern I would say a good 1/16" open air on each of the two remaining sides. I made a test cut on a scrap piece and that is the way it still came out. What I got, was the way it showed at first. I don't think this would be an acceptable tolerance from all I have read. My question is; Can I do anything to get it right using that same pattern? The radius is perfect. Thanks for any advice...Mike
To me, 1/16th would not be an issue. You do not say what you are using for the top? Depending on the season, you will get slight movement in the top anyway.

James
Sydney, Australia
.

I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."




jw2170 is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build an economy table top and install a mounting plate Mike Table-mounted Routing 93 01-15-2016 11:52 AM
Centering your router on a mounting plate Mike Table-mounted Routing 61 01-08-2016 11:28 AM
Ridgid R2930 (fixed and plunge base routee) xplorx4 Tool Reviews 15 09-23-2014 09:15 AM
Hello DPugmire New Member Introductions 5 11-08-2010 07:29 AM
Router plate as base plate?? xplorx4 General Routing 6 05-24-2009 07:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome