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I was thinking about making a router table, with aluminum insert table. It is easier for my to build one rather buying one, even though I don't have the tools It would be much cheaper paying someone to built this for me out of solid aluminum.

I am just thinking for something like that.
It is solid aluminum width about 9mm (3/8"), with dimensions about 240X300mm(10X12"). The radius in the four corners will be 9mm(3/8") because I own a 9mm bit to cut the hole on the wooden table. In the center is has a hole about 80mm(3") with a lip about 6mm(2/8") all around, width the half of the rest insert plate.
There will be some aluminum rings with 50mm(2") inside diameter. Maybe some more rings. The rings will be held on their place using tree screws.

I hope all the above makes sense. Any thoughts about this?
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That should make a good plate, Panos.

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sounds good to me too Panos.

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I bought a piece of 1/4" aluminum on Ebay about five years ago that is perfect for the router plate. As i recall, it had to be a certain type of aluminum with a finished surface. Does anyone know the name of that type of aluminum?
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Hartjack, I think it might be called anodized. Panos, I made one out of aluminum and it worked great. The only small problem with mine is that it leaves an aluminum residue on the wood at times. very little and with light sanding it comes off easy.
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