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Hi all , another silly question .
I need a router plate to install on the right hand side of my table saw. I have a PC router and I want to use it for when I need to do something big and use the table saws fence etc . I already ordered a JeesEm router lift table for small stuff .

My concern is I just read a thread below me where the grizzly plate was not flat , and I was at our Windsor plywood store and they have a Freud router table , and I noticed the router plate wasn't very straight at all .
I could see being few thousands convex in order to compensate for the routers weight , but this thing was out over an 1/8" . Btw it wasn't metal as it looked like hard plastic.
Seems like this farming everything out to factories in China isn't working to well .

So any suggestions on an aluminum plate that members have had good success with quality wise would be great .

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Ok so far I'm hearing good things about Incra . Never heard of them before

But I'm debating to go with the woodpecker
https://www.woodpeck.com/aluminsert.html

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Hi Rick. Freud does make a really nice aluminum plate for their table but when I ordered one it was pre drilled for a Freud router that I did not intend to use. Oldrusty
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Call Incra and get their plate, it's fantastic. If you have dust collection on your table get the Magna Lock slotted inserts. You'll never regret it.
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Call Incra and get their plate, it's fantastic. If you have dust collection on your table get the Magna Lock slotted inserts. You'll never regret it.
Incra , thats who makes those crazy looking router table fences that I'm seeing also
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Ok so I see Incra also has table saw router table extensions which fit there router plates which is rather awesome .

Well with one exception , my melamine extension on my table saw is 29" by 36" wide , and the closest they make in depth is 27" and 43" wide . But maybe I'll need the 2" to add brackets so I can mount it to my TS's fence?
They make a 28" by 32" also .not perfect but another option.
It really would have been to easy if it would have been a direct drop in replacement for my melamine extension on the right of the saw .


I know you guys are going to say , get off your butt and make one

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Ok there's just to many decisions here guys . I wasn't aware of the Incra router tables and fences till Ken mentioned it . I think I have a way to save on real estate in my garage , I'm going to buy the largest router top from Incra and build it so it can double as an out feed table for the TS. Problem over , well except for the fact that most router tables are 36" and mines going to have to be 34" to match the TS's height

Btw I cancelled my jessem router table

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I've had a few different router bases, but one that I prefer is the Bench Dog. It is a heavy cast iron extension that I installed on my Delta Table saw. All you have to do is remove the left hand extension from the table saw and replace it with the Bench Dog.
All the mounting hardware and instructions are included. I found this product to be the best. Very well constructed.
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I've had a few different router bases, but one that I prefer is the Bench Dog. It is a heavy cast iron extension that I installed on my Delta Table saw. All you have to do is remove the left hand extension from the table saw and replace it with the Bench Dog.
All the mounting hardware and instructions are included. I found this product to be the best. Very well constructed.

Thanks for the heads up Joe , but seeing as I have a left tilt saw I can't replace the left extension as the cabinet hits where the motor is , but I can add to it . IMO I really don't like not being able to get around the saw if there is more table in the way like that though . Probably not a good practice that I do go to the left side as I push big stuff threw sometimes .Guess I could go that route but General already makes a cast plate that bolts to the left had side .
My problem is I wanted to make use of all that unused real estate on the right but I'm almost giving up .
Looks like building a separate table and using it as an out feed table for the saw would be my best bet at this point

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I use a Veritas steel plate. It will not bow over time.
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