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Hi all,

I just received the Rockler router plate as a gift.

It is the "type-B" plate made to fit Craftsman routers. Unfortunately, it doesn't perfectly fit my Craftsman routers. I can align the three screws enough to seat the router flush on the plate, but the screw heads don't sit perfectly in the countersunk holes. The other big problem is that the over-the-table height adjustment hole is offset just enough that I can't fit the wrench, so I'll have to enlarge that hole anyway.

So I was thinking...

Is there any reason not to just exchange the plate for the blank and drill the exact holes myself? That way I'll have a perfect fit, and won't have all those other unnecessary holes for the other routers the "type-B" was made to fit.

I have a drill press and countersink bits, but I'll lose the pretty blue anodized surface in the countersunk holes
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I make my own router plates, but I would definitely toss any that wound up with extra holes. I'd do the swap and drilling.

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I make my own router plates, but I would definitely toss any that wound up with extra holes. I'd do the swap and drilling.
Ditto on that. If you really want the blue anodized plate, you could get it anodized for a few bucks.

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Hi all,
...Is there any reason not to just exchange the plate for the blank and drill the exact holes myself? That way I'll have a perfect fit, and won't have all those other unnecessary holes for the other routers the "type-B" was made to fit.

I have a drill press and countersink bits, but I'll lose the pretty blue anodized surface in the countersunk holes
Hi, John.
Sometime ago I had the same problem and I did as you are thinking. I used the blue plate as a template to make a 12mm thick phenolic plate for my BOSCH 1619EVS.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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