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Hello! I'm finally installing a router on a router table that I'm building and I have one question. The insert plate I got from Woodpeckers (an aluminum model) has eight holes for levelers and no holes to fix it with screws to the table. Is it OK to leave it free, without any fixation other than the weight of the router? It does have "two adjustable spring loaded plungers (on the sides) to make it easy to achieve a flush, perfect fit" (in the router table opening), but I wanted to check with you guys. Will vibrations be any problem?

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Hello! I'm finally installing a router on a router table that I'm building and I have one question. The insert plate I got from Woodpeckers (an aluminum model) has eight holes for levelers and no holes to fix it with screws to the table. Is it OK to leave it free, without any fixation other than the weight of the router? It does have "two adjustable spring loaded plungers (on the sides) to make it easy to achieve a flush, perfect fit" (in the router table opening), but I wanted to check with you guys. Will vibrations be any problem?

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You should be good to go. No need to attach it to the table. The weight of the router will be enough to keep the plate in place.
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Hi Diego, both my plates are held in place by weight only.

I have not had one move in use.

You do, however, have to make it flush with the table.

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Some (most?) are also retained in position with some rare earth magnets, ~1/4" in diameter at each corner. Also, the table recess for the plate should not allow lateral movement. Post a couple photos when you are done building the table.

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Dave,

Not sure the magnets will work too well with the aluminum
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I have been using a non-secured plate for 30+ years and it has never moved on me.

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The magnets are for the grub screws that set the height???

Mine were not fixed and I only counted on them as being a metal surface for the grub screws to rest on.

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Not sure the magnets will work too well with the aluminum
James is correct. The magnets are in the table and the socket head (grub) alignment adjusting screws will touch and hold the plate in place. My 'explanation' was prior to my first cup of coffee and lack some coherence upon rereading

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Hello! I'm finally installing a router on a router table that I'm building and I have one question. The insert plate I got from Woodpeckers (an aluminum model) has eight holes for levelers and no holes to fix it with screws to the table. Is it OK to leave it free, without any fixation other than the weight of the router? It does have "two adjustable spring loaded plungers (on the sides) to make it easy to achieve a flush, perfect fit" (in the router table opening), but I wanted to check with you guys. Will vibrations be any problem?

Thanks!
I have a woodpeckers plate and I know that aluminum is the way to go because the plate will stay flat phenolic plate won't.I don't use the leveling screws in the plate I put in corner levelers from kreg,you never want to fasten the plate to the table,your side plungers will keep the plate tight in the opening.With seasonal movement you do have to check to make sure your plate stays level to the top.
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Thank you all for the answers!!
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