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Hey - Anyone know what in the world all those extra parts are that come with the router? I haven't ever used one b4 & just learning/reading about them now...

I'm also looking to mount the router under my workbench -- what size screws should I get to put the router into the table w/? The ones that hold the sub base to the base obviously will not fit thru the 3/4" plywood I'm currently using as my table top.

Thanks for the help.
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Welcome to the forums Kennymi. I would take one of your screws to a local hardware store and get longer bolts of that size. Or even better idea I would cut a hole through the bench and set a base plate in for better truer base for your router. I think www.oak-park has a router table plan that you can get at least the part of the plan for cutting a base hole in your top. They also sell base plates for your router there then you won't have to get new bolts you can use you existing hardware from your router itself.
 

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Hi Kennymi,
Welcome aboard. Glenmore is right about checking out Oak-Park. You can save yourself a lot of head aches by NOT bolting your router to the underside of your bench. It is a real pain to change a router bit or make an adjustment with the router bolted to the table top. With an Oak-Park base plate mounted on your router and a rebate cut into your table top, there is no need to bolt it down. The weight of the router will keep it in place. When you need to change the bit, just lift it out, make the change, and drop it back in. If you want to use it hand held, just lift it out and use it.
As for the extra parts that came with your router, they are probably the edge guide (fence) and a guide bushing & screws. If you change the base plate, you won't be able to use the guide bushing that came with it. Oak-Park also has those (a bit pricey). A better choice for the bushings would be http://www.leevalley.com/home.aspx .
I hope this was helpful. If you have more questions, this forum is the place to get great advice......Good Luck!
 
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