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I had purchased a Craftsman Professional series router that was display and didn't have cable, etc etc. so instead of using it and ordering parts for it, i decided to buy a Bosch 1617 kit. With that aside. I'm thinking I may still be able to use the Craftsman Router as permanant table setup. My question is I only have the fix base for it and was wondering if I could just somehow mount the fixed BASE to a regular piece of metal i may have around? The problem is how thick are the plates supposed to be? Unless the plates aren't that expensive I'll just buy one.

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You can get a President's Special router plate from Grizzly for $13. Lots of members, including me, have made their own from sheet plastic. Some have just screwed the router up under a sheet of ply. There is no set rules here, what works is the bottom line. Most plates are between 5/16" and 3/8" but quite often the actual measure is metric because of the origin.
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Sounds like a great solution, Ruben.
Most of us Bosch fans applaud your wisdom and good taste in new routers...
If you post more info on the particular Craftsman you have, you'll likely get some really good input into how best to utilize it in a table mount.
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You can get a President's Special router plate from Grizzly for $13. Lots of members, including me, have made their own from sheet plastic. Some have just screwed the router up under a sheet of ply. There is no set rules here, what works is the bottom line. Most plates are between 5/16" and 3/8" but quite often the actual measure is metric because of the origin.
Well with all the money I spent I went back to mounting my router under my work station . Not very high tech but its works . I should build a fence and clamp it on the sides of the work station and call it a day lol
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Sounds like a great solution, Ruben.
Most of us Bosch fans applaud your wisdom and good taste in new routers...
If you post more info on the particular Craftsman you have, you'll likely get some really good input into how best to utilize it in a table mount.
This is the one I have, but i dont have the pludge portion.

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Ruben, the Grizzly T10432047 mounting plate Chuck suggested is a great solution. It is fitted with two removable rings for working with different sized bits; it also includes a safety starting pin as shown in the photos Brian is working with. You can still use the router free hand with a guide. Make your life easy and spend the $13 for this, you will be glad you did.
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Thanks guys! For 13 thats a no brainer.

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You can get a President's Special router plate from Grizzly for $13. Lots of members, including me, have made their own from sheet plastic. Some have just screwed the router up under a sheet of ply. There is no set rules here, what works is the bottom line. Most plates are between 5/16" and 3/8" but quite often the actual measure is metric because of the origin.
Chuck, do you have a link?

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Ruben; from the first review at your link...
"My only complaint is in the fixed base, you have to un-clamp the base to adjust the height. When you clamp, it moves slightly. This is second nature to me because my other craftsman was the same. I instinctively adjust a tad bit short to account for this, but I figured I would call it out in the review. The adjustment on the fixed base can be performed over the table if it is mounted in a table with the included wrench"
That sure sounds like it has above-table-ht. adjustment. You would need to reach under to clamp and unclamp it, but same for a lot of others.
Have you solved the missing cord issue?
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Ruben; from the first review at your link...
"My only complaint is in the fixed base, you have to un-clamp the base to adjust the height. When you clamp, it moves slightly. This is second nature to me because my other craftsman was the same. I instinctively adjust a tad bit short to account for this, but I figured I would call it out in the review. The adjustment on the fixed base can be performed over the table if it is mounted in a table with the included wrench"
That sure sounds like it has above-table-ht. adjustment. You would need to reach under to clamp and unclamp it, but same for a lot of others.
Have you solved the missing cord issue?
Since I already ordered the BOSCH and this craftsman will be permanent table setup I may just try to make my own cord and somehow solder or or do a fixed Cord setup instead of the removable cord this Craftsman uses maybe add external switch as well on the table. .

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