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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hey gang,

Ugg...still don't have 10 posts. I have a youtube video that is 3 mins. long explaining what I'm facing.

It's a Benchdog Pro Cast iron top and Benchdog Pro Plate 1 Large and I'm on my second plate and one corner always seem proud, just slightly. It's the out-feed side so that's good.

I searched here and there's one thread from back in 2009 and it wasn't the cast iron setup like mine. This top has 3.5mm set screws...the plate rest upon all these set screws.

I think I'm at 8 or 9 posts so soon I will post my youtube video. Do I use video bbc tags or youtube bbc tags or does the forum just auto insert with the youtube URL?

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you could post the text of the url using two : like this http::

Then we would have a clue.

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It takes patience because on that table you're working from the bottom. I found using a straight edge on the edge of the insert and getting it pretty closely aligned on one side or the other, or the tip or bottom gives you a starting point. Then it is a matter of bringing the other side up. The final adjustment is done with half and quarter turns of the screws underneath the table. You just have to sneak up on it until the insert is the right height and doesn't rock at all. I had to deal with the same process a few years ago and it wasn't much fun.
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is the table flat???
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is the table flat???
It would have to be pretty badly distorted to not be able to make the four corners meet their objectives using the setscrew adjusters(?).
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It would have to be pretty badly distorted to not be able to make the four corners meet their objectives using the setscrew adjusters(?).
it is a cast and ground table...
I'd start w/ verifying flat everything and a uniform (or near uniform) plate rabbet..
verify the plate being flat w/ and w/o the router mounted to it... it could be getting torqued out of flatness when the router is mounted to it...
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is the table flat???
I was thinking this myself. This is the second plate as as trival as it may sound, it's easier said than done to check a plate like this for uniform uniform geometry. Also, the inlay are of the cast iron table top shouldn't be the problem...it could be far from flat because all the leveling set screws would compensate. Where the issue may be coming into play is the top of the table. Is it flat? I'll try and check with some light and straight edges.

I will post the video soon.

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it is a cast and ground table...
I'd start w/ verifying flat everything and a uniform (or near uniform) plate rabbet..
verify the plate being flat w/ and w/o the router mounted to it... it could be getting torqued out of flatness when the router is mounted to it...
I was careful to not tighten the two opposing corner anchor screws until there was complete support of all supporting leveling set screws. Hopefully I'm not damaging the plate?

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I was careful to not tighten the two opposing corner anchor screws until there was complete support of all supporting leveling set screws. Hopefully I'm not damaging the plate?

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try leveling the plate w/o the router mounted to the plate....
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try leveling the plate w/o the router mounted to the plate....
Yes, this was my procedure, for both plates.

Here's the video (take out the spaces): https : // youtu.be/4N8IYYKYm4g

The forum is still reporting that I need to have at least 10 posts...I think I'm at 13 total now so not sure what's going on here?

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