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I've just purchase a new Makita RP2301 plunge router to replace a Freud 2000e that finally gave up the ghost. I'm looking for some ideas on how's the best way to mount this router in a custom table. I make a lot of custom molding and like the option to use the router above and below the table. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome to the forum, Evan..

I take your question to mean that you want to be able to use the router in the table and also as a hand held router?

Unless you use the router in a small insert plate, this will not be easy due to the amount of setting and adjusting you will have to do every time you switch..

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Hi Evan and welcome. Did you mean in the table and just as a plunge or were you including a horizontal setup and/or over the table as opposed to just sitting on the table?

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Evan, using the $13 Grizzly mounting plate works fine. When a router is installed on a mounting plate it is the same as using any oversized sub base plate and can be used hand held.
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I take your question to mean that you want to be able to use the router in the table and also as a hand held router?

Unless you use the router in a small insert plate, this will not be easy due to the amount of setting and adjusting you will have to do every time you switch..
Thanks for your reply. Yes I do plan to have the router mounted to a rectangular plate. I'll be using the same plate that I had my Freud 2000e mounted to. Having the plate also made it a snap to change router bits. My question is would I use the four small screws threads (that the plastic plate to the base of the router is attached) to attach the plate or somehow use the guide wholes to support the weight. After talking to Makita Support, they offer no help at all.
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Evan, you can use the sub base plate on your router as a template to drill the mounting holes. You should use a centering cone or other device to be sure you are exactly centered when mounting your plate so you can use guide bushings. You may need longer screws depending on your mounting plates thickness but these are easy to come by.

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I used my Triton mounted in a 9 1/4" X 13" plate in that way a couple of time by using the Triton in ratchet mode and not in plunge mode as I removed the spring for table work.


With the Triton is is very easy to replace the spring for hand held use. May not be so easy for other makes.

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Thanks, the screws on the Makita are 4X mm, my old Freud was much larger. Thus my concern was whether or not 4X mm would withstand the weight/stress of the router. When I called Makita, they didn't recommend it for mounting in a table. Thus... My concerns.
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I've had my Makita RP2301 in a router table for the past few years and have had no problems with using the 4 fixing points in the router base to hold it onto the table insert plate. I have replaced the standard screws with longer stainless steel ones.
It's not a quick task to remove/replace the router, for hand use, from the table but a second router solved that problem for me
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