Originally Posted by JohnnyRelentless View Post
I am new to woodworking and the router in particular seems like a strange and mysterious, potentially awesome new tool. I already used it with a sled I built to 'plane' my workbench surface. But now I want to build a router table with a split fence, miter slot, and dust collection.
Ryobi Model # RE180-1PL 2hp plunge router.
MLCS 9338 All-In-one Router Plate Kit
Professional Woodworker 7744 router bit set
48" T slot
The router insert plate didn't come with any instructions and after wearing out my google machine trying to understand routers in general and router tables in particular, I still have some questions.
1. The instructions I keep finding say to remove and replace the router base plate before mounting to the insert plate. Why? My router doesn't seem to have a removable base plate, although it did come with 2 screws that fit through 2 threaded holes in the base of the router. Couldn't I just drill 2 holes in the insert plate and mount the router directly, or do I need to add a base plate in between?
2. If I need a base plate, how do I know if a given base plate will fit my router? Some say they are universal, but I still have doubts as to whether or not they will fit a Ryobi plunge router. Should I just make a base plate myself?
3. What is the purpose of the base plate? What do I want it to do?
4. If I get a guide bushing, does it mount to the insert plate or to the router base plate?
5. How important is precise centering of the router onto the insert plate? Is it only important if I use guide bushings? Should I order the guide bushings and centering pin before I assemble the table? Is centering that important?
6. Unlike a table saw, I am thinking that a router table fence doesn't need to be particularly square to anything, am I right? Simple clamps or T slots should be sufficient to secure it.
# 5 on the centering of the router table , not that important because the fence can be set across the bit at most any angle as long as you stay on the left side of the bit and feed into the rotation of the bit , not if doing plunge the bit should be centered with the center pin, if doing percise cutting,
#4 the bushing i use doesn't have anthing on it other than making the hole to fit the bit's and making the hole smaller
#2 the plate that goes into the router table fit's on the router, you take off the router base place and screw router to the base plate,
here is the router table i have, it is not for sale any longer , no need for a T track and all that fancy stuff, look at the table all that is needed is the fences , their are 3 of them but not avaible now , you mite post and see if any one may some that they would part with, you can make them your self tho , i will post the picture of the router work shop unit and look at it , you will get the idea of what a good table looks like good luck the picture is small if you have a wheele on your mouse you can hold down CTRL while you rotate the wheel it will make the picture bigger if it get smaller go the other eay