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I just scored a 36" x 30" storage cabinet off craigslist for $25. My plan is to turn it into a nice router cabinet. I have a 2hp craftsman router with a fixed base. I stuck on how I should mount the router to the table. As of right now I was thinking of just screwing it to the bottom of the top and then building different insert plates to sit on top so I can change them with different size cutters.

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If you screw the router base to the underside of the top, you might have a problem running out of height adjustment on the router (assuming a 3/4 in thick top).

Would really be better to invest in a plate for the router even though it is more expensive and involves a little more work to install.
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While the router is fixed there is still stress on the mount as it cuts. You might want to look at a router table insert. I realize it would cost more than the deal you got on the cabinet, but you may find it will give you a better finished product and the ability to better adjust the height of your cuts. Several router table insert plates come with excellent installation instructions.

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I have seen routers mounted with 3 toggle clamps, screws going down from the top into the base, and even held in place by a hydraulic jack. (I wouldn't recommend the last one) So whatever you can think of that will be safe and meet your needs for depth of cut and ease of access. You will have to change bits once in a while so screwing it to the top will be cumbersome at best. You could make yourself an insert if you want to go for the least expense. There are many ways to solve you problem, it just depends on what you want.
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Thanks for the advice. I did decide to buy a grizzly router plate. I do have a question regarding router plates. I feel like the weight of the router is not enough to keep it from moving a little bit. I'm thinking about epoxying in some nuts on each corner of where the router plate mounts. That way it would hold it in place and I could micro adjust the height of the plate. Thoughts? Have I lost my mind?
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Thanks for the advice. I did decide to buy a grizzly router plate. I do have a question regarding router plates. I feel like the weight of the router is not enough to keep it from moving a little bit. I'm thinking about epoxying in some nuts on each corner of where the router plate mounts. That way it would hold it in place and I could micro adjust the height of the plate. Thoughts? Have I lost my mind?
If you do a search "install a router plate" you will find some excellent you tube videos. Several talk about installing screws to level the insert. If installed as outlined there shouldn't be any stress factors.
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