Some time ago, somewhere I read about a method used to cut the opening for router plates into router tables.
I cannot find the info anywhere - I should have saved it then
The method used (IIRC) a bearing guided straight bit and a bearing guided rabbet bit. The size of the bits and the bearings where the crux of the EASE of installation.
I guess I could sit down and figure this out myself, but I wanted to see the original in case there were other hints/tips or finer points that I don't recall.
So, the method (again IIRC) involves taking the mounting plate, using it as the guide for the bearing guide of the straight bit to cut the hole/opening in what WILL be the template guide.
This template guide will be used for BOTH the straight bit AND the rabbet bit, to cut the opening AND the rebate for the router plate in the router table.
The methodology allows the ONE template to be used for cutting the opening AND the rebate on which the router plate rests.
This of course means that only one template guide is needed AND it only has to be placed ONCE on the router table to obtain a PERFECT fit of the router plate.
The method can of course also be used for any other kind of insert. The princple behind the method is tht there are NO calculations involved, NO measuring involved, the method ONLY requires the use of appripriate sized bits and bearings to achieve excellent accuracy.
Can anyone "point" me to the web site or other info on this method?