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I noticed that Rick uses a large brass insert in his base plate that appears to let him use regular bits and the larger raised panel bits with out having to change the router base plate. Does any one know where I can buy one? It's a real pain having to remove and reinstall the plate for a 10 to 15 minute job.
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The base plate for the large panel bits is a dedicated plate for the raised panel bit. There are no bushing for it.

The other plate uses the regular bushing for templates and a spacer bushing that is flat with the plate. I think the opening is 3/4 inch. Reduces the bit to hole clearance.
 

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Pete said:
I noticed that Rick uses a large brass insert in his base plate that appears to let him use regular bits and the larger raised panel bits with out having to change the router base plate. Does any one know where I can buy one? It's a real pain having to remove and reinstall the plate for a 10 to 15 minute job.
Thanks for your help
The one with the large brass insert is one of a kind custom made to my specs. Oak Park is not making these yet, sorry.
 

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The one with the large brass insert is one of a kind custom made to my specs. Oak Park is not making these yet, sorry.
Does Oak Park have any plans to make the large brass insert? I am certain there would be a very good market for them.

Is there anything I could do to encourage Oak Park?
 

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Hi mftha

Just A work around way, do you have a Small Machine Shop in your town ?
If you so,do you have metal scrap yard in your town ? >
Most do. :)
Go to the scrap yard and pickup some brass stock and stop by the machine shop with the brass and the router base plate and show them what you want to end up with.
It's small and quick job to do with the right equipment :) (mill and a lathe)
The hard part for most small machine shops is getting the brass stock to do the job they run into min. buys on most of the stock they order and if your real luckey then may have some brass on hand but that's a long shot.
But once you do the running around it's duck soup to make the insert and rework the base plate a bit so they work as one.
Just a note *** if you have it done have them punch out the base plate hole to 3 3/4" so you use the new bigger panel bits and make a set of brass inserts to fit your new base plate setup. (1/2" i.d.,1" i.d.,1 3/4" I,D., 2 3/4" I.D. )Plus a 1 3/16" or 1 1/4" I.D. insert to hold the the brass guides.
P.C. type or Oak-Park brass guides.

Good Luck on your quest
Bj :)
 

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I would use 1/4" to 3/8" brass flat stock and then turn a lip on it to sit flat into the base plate.
Male /Female thing and maybe a lock tab to hold in it in place.
Easy job with a mill, but it can be made to fit with a .002 fit and it will stay in place.

Bj :)
 
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