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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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OK guys after my initial research I think I want to upgrade from my old-ish Ryobi router for my new (new to me) router table.

The 892 caught my eye because of the capability to adjust the height from above the table, and because it’s a power upgrade from my 1.71 HP Ryobi. Also I like the idea that the base can be swapped out later if/when I need a plunge.

But will it work with this hole pattern? If not is it easily adaptable?

Also where are the best prices for these puppies?

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Hi Nickbee

Just my 2 cents

Put the router table under the bench or use it for a jig saw table,that's to say mount a jig on the bottom side of it...or some other tool..THEN

Pick up some 3/4" MDF stock and a new router mount base plate and make a new router table that you can use...you are going to run into many errors on the wolfcraft table, the 1st.one you know about the other ones, the bit hole size in the top will be a big drag on the wolfcraft, you can make your own mounting plate for the table but because this will be your 1st. just buy one and put in a pocket to drop it in to and then mount your router in it...

The router table is just a simple box, it can sit on the work bench or on the floor...
The fence can be just a true 2 x 4 or some ploy.stock...

Just needs to hold the router for you...

Below you will see a snapshot of one of the router table I have and use all the time, you will also see how easy it is to rework a base plate so it will work for all bits...

http://www.routerforums.com/46850-post16.html
http://www.routerforums.com/46794-post11.html
http://www.routerforums.com/tool-swa...cessories.html

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Nickbee,

The 890 series are nice routers, I have 2 of them. The Fixed base works great in a table, even without the above the table height adjustment. On one of my router mounting plates I didn't drill the holes for the height adjuster, but it's fast and easy from under the table as well. Plus, I'm always 'eyeballing' the height from the edge of the table anyway, so I'm right there at the adjuster.

Looking at your hole patterns in the top of your table, you're going to have to drill at least one new mounting hole, and 2 holes if you are going to use the above the table height adjuster.

You can usually find deals on the 890 series most anywhere, I got one of mine from Amazon, the otherone used from Craigslist.com. If you go with the single base one, you can usually find a plunge base for sale on ebay, or pick one up from Amazon or potercable.

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The 890 series has been plagued with quality problems. You can find details on this site. If you get one of the good units you will be very pleased like Doug and AxlMyk. Porter Cable has changed vendors that supply the bases for these routers and the new models are called the 860 series. Same motors, "improved" bases.

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That table will work if the holes are 4" apart. The PC 892 has 3 like your table does. If they aren't 4", it's not much trouble to drill new ones.
I keep my 892 in the table 90% of the time mounted with the plunge base.
Amazon.com has the 895pk listed at $250 with both bases. The same set I have.

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ok ok ok,, so I think my next purchase(s) will be a PC router and a mounting plate. Then I get an MDF table going while I plan out something more elaborate.

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If I get the 890 is there a source that we know of that has the "good" units. Or what would be a good source for the newer 860 (didn't see this model on the PC web site)?

Any recommendations on mounting plates?

Oh, here’s another stupid question. Does the “vacuum handle” work decently for a table mount application?

Thanks Guys!

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From what info we have, they fixed the problems with the 890. You won't be using the plastic sub-base in a table so that's not a problem. The screws that hold the gear rack to the router were short. Check those.

The vacuum handle, or "D" handle should get most of the saw dust, but you will have better luck if the router is in an enclosed box with the vacuum connected to that.

I have the Rousseau insert and the template to make the hole with. I like it.
The Rousseau has a slight hump in the center. Some like that, others like a flat insert.
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How about this puppy for a router plate (along with the template)?

http://www.woodpeck.com/aluminsert.html

Can someone explain how the leveling screws and the starting pin come into play?
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Hi Nickbee

That's a nice plate but you may want to look at the plates below.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94331
The Harbor one is not predrilled but that's no big deal...you can do it quick and easy...because you have a template on the router base.
BUY two so you can mount two routers in the same box. you will be glad you did
Just some other items that HARD to find,see below at a great prices.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...ndsor%20Design
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92446


Or the Oak Park one

http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=BP--
I do recommend the 11" Base Plates 3 1/8" Center, you can make your insert rings easy to take on the 1 3/16 brass guides or the 1 1/2" guides...

leveling screws, are use to make the plate level if you make a error putting in the lip to hold the plate.

starting pin, it's also called a safety pin it's in place when you need to hold the stock from being pulled out of your hands and a place to hold the stock like a fence (starting point to get on the stock)



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How about this puppy for a router plate (along with the template)?

http://www.woodpeck.com/aluminsert.html

Can someone explain how the leveling screws and the starting pin come into play?



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Great stuff bob!!!

I need to make my current table work with my current router then I can take my time getting my new set up. I'll have tones of questions I'm sure once I get started.
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