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Been gone too long. I recently got a Ryobi BT3000 tablesaw setup with extension table, blades, etc. When I got it home I noticed a hole with four smaller holes surrounding it in one of the sliding panels. I looked at the manual (real men read manuals!). It is for a router! Router is a Skil 1810. Further reading shows an adapter kit from Ryobi for a router. However, I feel that the forum folks can come up with some advice.
The holes don't line up with the screws on the bottom plate on the router. I probably could make an adapter with plexiglass, aluminum, or steel. Thanks in advance for your advice suggestions, etc.
This saw covers Father's Day, birthday, and Christmas- according to the wife.
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You can take the baseplate of your router off and use it for a template. If the hole in the table is designed for taking guide bushings then you can use a guide bushing to center everything.

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Thanks- what should I look for to determine this?

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Welcome back John. I am not sure if your saw table has inserts? If it is designed to accept PC style guide bushings it will have a recessed hole like the one in these mounting plates.
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That saw has a router/jig saw mount kit available. The holes in the table line up with holes in the mount plate (1/4" aluminum), and the mount plate is pre-drilled for Ryobi router base though most craftsman bases fit as well. Yours may line up.

The Router Mount Kit comes with a two piece fence that attaches to the saw's rip fence, dust shield, etc. Can usually be found on e-bay or Amazon for $50 to $80. Home Depot sells an 8 piece accessory kit (listed as "ryobi accessory kit" stock number is bt3kit) for $99 that includes the router kit, nice pair of casters, various throat plates, and a great clamp for the miter fence. Better value than just buying the router plate--at least i think so!!

You could build your own mount plate, it's a basic rectangle with two corners lopped off, use the underside of the BT3000 accessory table as a template. The kit above has served me well--i keep an old craftsman router attached to the plate and quick attach with the four above table screws when i need it. I'm finally getting ready to build a router table, so hopefully i can retire that part of my BT3000 soon.
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Welcome back John. I am not sure if your saw table has inserts? If it is designed to accept PC style guide bushings it will have a recessed hole like the one in these mounting plates.
Mike--the insert hole is in the accessory table (2 1/2" plus or minus) and 3 or 4 inserts come with the mount kit--none have the recess for the PC guide bushings. Here's a link to the HD kit: (oops, i don't have enough posts!!)

Knothead--Build or buy the router plate, and drill that to fit the Skil (if you need to)--i'd avoid drilling the accessory table for a direct mount!!

Back to Mike--i've been quietly reading here for 6 months, and want to thank you for all of your posts and education. If you could only pass out skill like you pass out info--i'd be able to create more than scrap lumber!!

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You need to head over to www.bt3central.com and introduce yourself. I'm over there as well, and there's not another website that will give you as much info about your new purchase. Heck, I'd wager the information base there rivals a Unisaw.

Here is the template for making your own plate, or there is an auction going on now for the mounting kit that is a fundraiser for the site. Won't link to it directly but I'm sure you can find it. Hope to see you over there.

http://www.bt3central.com/articles/l...p?ArticleId=37

I have the Craftsman version, the 21829. Lots of mods you can do, I've kitted mine out with an extension table and longer rails. I use a dedicated router table, but lots put it in the designed spot in the table saw, or build an extension and use a standard mounting plate from MCLS or Rockler.

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Did the same thing with my Freud router and Jet Table saw. It required a lot of rework to convert one of the ends to my router table so my fence would slid properly. The real problem came with the insert, as it the one pictured (yellow center) has a small rise that kept messing up the work - I replaced it with a piece of Polycarbonate and a small piece to fill the hole when not in use, so sawdust would not accumulate under the bit. I want a secure hold when any bit is spinning at 30k rpm - good luck and in the end it was worth it to accommodate the needs of a small shop. I am in the process of moving and will have a 1000 sq ft dedicated shop so the router will go to a dedicated table.
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I have to take some pictures of some other things this week. I'll take a picture of the saw and router mounting thingy. This might clarify things. Thanks to all for their advice.

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Earl, it takes time. You do not even want to know what my first projects looked like!

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