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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-10-2014, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Default New Router Table insert Plate?

I guess it is time to do some research. I am building a mobile shop cart. It is a little bigger than this one. I plan to use it as an assembly table for building our kitchen cabinets. Other options will be to use it for other operations like a sanding station, or glue up table for projects.

So, I had this bright idea to add a router plate towards one end thus making it a router table also. I won't be building cabinets and routing at the same time so this should be a real space saver.

I don't need a lift. I will just lift the insert plate/router and all out to change bits.

Currently I have a Rockler Group A insert plate that I have been using for several years. I really don't have any complaints about it, just thought I might find a new one that has the twist lock center sections for easy insert/removal.

I have a pair of Bosch 1617 routers so that is what I will be using.

Does anyone know of a plate that has the bolt pattern and the the hole already bored for the adjustment wrench to fit through?

Budget is about $100 more or less is OK.

Ideas and advice appreciated.

OOPS! I forgot to mention this cart will have an adjustable height table ranging from about 24 inches at the lowest position to about 35 inches at the highest positon (same as my work bench/outfeed table). A scissor jack will be the tool used to raise/lower the table. :-) I am gluing up the frame now.

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Hi Mike,
I have a Bosch 1617 router mounted on a Rockler plate that came drilled for the router to mount to. The plate had no hole for access to the routers height adjustment screw so I just mounted the router to the plate with a small ball of window putty placed on the routers base over the adjustment socket. After the router and plate were then disassembled the putty left a little residue where the hole needed to be drilled for the wrench access. Just be sure you align the router base so you will have access to the necessary controls under the table.
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Thanks Tom. I drilled hole in my rockler plate also by measuring...and of course, I was off just enough that I had to drill a slightly larger hole. :-(

I was hoping to skip that on a new one.

I like your idea. If need be, I will try that next time.
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