I'm new to routing and after seeing the difficulty some of the other forum members have setting up their first router table I decided to purchase my initial solution.
I purchased an "used, like-new condition" INCRA RT2432CM Router Table
on sale at Amazon for $143.71, which included tax and free Prime shipping. Well, when I received the table, one of the previous purchasers used a utility knife to open the packaging tape and gouged the router table pretty bad-- certainly not "like-new condition"!
After a call to Amazon Customer Service and a long wait for a manager, they refunded 50% so my total cost was only $71.86! That's less than the cost of a new INCRA MagnaLOCK Plate itself so I consider it a deal regardless of the table imperfections.
I called Incra the next day and they shipped the MagnaLOCK plate separately.
Anyway, here's the unboxing and installation:
It was a pleasant surprise to receive both a miter slot and T-slot! You can only get this from Incra via their router tables. All pictures and videos only show the miter slot. I asked if it could be purchased separately, but it can't.
Not sure if you can see it here, but there are two faint utility knife lines running down the centerline of the table.
Incra MagnaLOCK Plate contents: the 7518 plate fitting Triton and PC 7518, 3 MagnaLOCK rings, 3 hex keys (magnet levelers, plate levelers, and ?), 10 plate levelers, 1 offset lock screw, 4 pan head bolts provided extra to mount a Triton, a freehand guide, and 4 black mounting bolts that are not for the Triton.
Since I got the insert plate shipped to me for free (part of Amazon purchase), I went a little crazy buying a few CleanSweep rings due to a 10% coupon and Incra threw in free shipping. I ordered the set, the full MagnaLOCK insert, and the PC bushing ring. Of course the set went on sale for $5 less the next business day. I should have called them up...
Here is a closeup of the offset lock bolt. There is very little gap between the plate and the factory cut recessed plate hole, but tightening this bolt removes any play. Unfortunately it also raises the adjacent corner of the plate when tightened, so it throws off leveling.
Closeup of the freehand pin:
As the plate comes from the factory, the ring sits a little proud of the plate. You have to lower it down a bit so that it's flush.
Now for leveling the plate, it sits low about a 1/16". Time to raise it up! Used fingers to gauge a level surface. This was very time consuming
Once you get everything looking level, push in at each corner to detect any wobble. Repeat leveling! Not sure if I went through a lot of beers because leveling took so long, or that the beers made it take so long.
Next- decide how to align the router onto the plate. The angle is skewed so you have a few choices. I went with the first choice so that if I drill an adjustment crank hole I can use it with the fence in place. Also, you get a bit more clearance for a dust extraction hose this way. The hose will have less of a bend radius if it is pointed towards the longer direction of the plate. (It's tough to explain- I'll add some dust collection pics later.)
AAH! The router doesn't fit!
With the height fully raised and the collet lock pin engaged, it's one handed bit changing! Super simple.
And, here's the finished product! Showing a 1/2" shank Freud Stool Bit
Now I just need a fence...