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I was working on routing out the top on my new router table, and had an issue with the bearing on my template guide. Long story short the routed out area does not look nice... Are there any router plates bigger then 11 3/4 x 9 1/4? If not is there any way of saving my table top?
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I was working on routing out the top on my new router table, and had an issue with the bearing on my template guide. Long story short the routed out area does not look nice... Are there any router plates bigger then 11 3/4 x 9 1/4? If not is there any way of saving my table top?
Most of the commercial plates are either 9x12 or 9 1/4 x11 3/4. There are a few odd ones around but most smaller, I think. Post a pic of what you have and maybe we can can come up with some suggestions. Another option would be to get a blank aluminum or lexan piece of stock and make your own although making inserts can be a bit problematic.

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What material is your top? You can always cut out the damaged area and make an inlay to fill in the gap. Let me say this is a router table... pretty is not important, functional is.

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I was working on routing out the top on my new router table, and had an issue with the bearing on my template guide. Long story short the routed out area does not look nice... Are there any router plates bigger then 11 3/4 x 9 1/4? If not is there any way of saving my table top?
How deep did you cut? If it's 3/8" deep.........get a piece of lexan/acrylic and make a new plate. If you want to be really frugal, a piece of 1/4" plywood laminated with formica top and bottom is 0.34". With a 1/32" shim and piece of paper or two, you're close enough.
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Screw pieces of steel angle on all four sides of the hole at a height that holds the router plate level with the table top. Remove the plate, coat it with vaseline or grease, and then use glass bedding compound (used for guns and available at Brownells.com) to fill in any gaps and help hold the metal in place. Place the router plate in the top in while the compound is soft and make sure that all gaps are over full. After the compound dries; remove the router plate and wet sand the compound to dead level with the top surface.
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If you have the right router you might be able to get one of the remaining stockof 11 x 11 in base plate at Oak-Park Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue
Also Lee Valley sells lexan (polycarbonate) in two thickenss, 1/4 in aqnd 3/8 in at
Polycarbonate Sheets - Lee Valley Tools and these can be routed in much the same way as wood so you can make whatever size, shape and opening you want.

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I've made mine out of 12mm (1/2") MDF. Works just fine. In fact I made several, with different size openings. As long as it is supported on all 4 sides it will not warp.
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I agree w/ Mike get some straight wood or take the straight side from MDF, Plywood which has been cut off and use it as your straight edge to get every thing squared up then add in a filler piece back into the table.

Just remember you will need to square up the corners prior to adding in the filler pieces.

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