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Nice jig... and mounting a router in an MFT table???

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I'm hoping MT Stringer responds to this since I know he has a bench top drilled like an MFT table for many clamping options... and I welcome other responses too...

Background: I bought my first router in December and I'm digesting many router table pictures on this forum and on YouTube prior to building one. I just watched a 9 minute YouTube video on a very clever jig for cutting templates for routing corners. The video is here:

At offset 0:40, I noticed that he's mounted his router beneath an MFT table or clone (ie 20mm holes drilled everywhere on 96mm centers). This grabbed my attention since I'm preparing to build a bench like this, and I've have never considered mounting a router this way, especially without a plate beneath a hole that small.

So my questions are...
Would you ever consider mounting a router under an MFT like this?
Is there any reason to do so without a plate as this video has done... or would you install a standard plate (as is my bias)?
How would your use of a router table change if you had all those holes available for clamping or setup?

Aside, if you scrutinize videos like I do, these offsets into the video may also be useful...
0:40, first look at the router through an MFT hole.
1:21, first glance at how the jig adjusts between pieces clamped on the MFT.
1:42, required jig pieces and cutting layout.
2:15, setting up the jig
3:25, setting up to use the jig
5:12, cutting templates in various sizes and angles
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Too complex for me. I would just make something along the lines of the Woodpecker thingy, that would work for me. Or, you could do what either of these does.
The kid did a nice take on using a router to make corners!
It appears he has his router bolted to the mft. I see 4 hole bolt pattern. I wonder how clumsy/difficult it would be to change bits. Most likely a trim router. I guess he can get under the table to make adjustments. Dang youngsters1:surprise::grin:

Yep, He was using the DeWalt 611 router. It is easy to remove the motor from the fixed dbase when it is not needed. And it is a one wrench operation when changing bits. The button on the motor locks the shaft so only one wrench is required to change bits. I know, I have one.
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@Mike, as someone who likes dog holes in his bench, what would you like and dislike about a router mounted in a table like that?
Router bit size is limited to about 5/8 inch diameter because the holes in the mft are 20mm. Mine are 3/4 inch (slightly smaller).

What I like about a router table insert is the ability to change insert plates so the opening for the bit can be changed accordingly. That was very evident when I tried to use a raised panel cutter. I was using a Rockler plate and the hole was not big enough for the cutter to fit through. I ended up adding a 1/4 inch auxiliary top with a larger opening and mounted the cutter from to top side. After that, I switched to the Kreg plate. The opening was big enough for the cutter to fit through (almost 3 1/2 inches in diameter). Several inserts are available so the opening around the bit can be adjusted as needed. This helps when routing small items.


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Hey Ashley and welcome. I also have been looking for something to round over corners and Rocker had theirs on sale this Christmas. It's very well made and I am getting ready to use it in a day or so. I do think you would have to use it in a router table. It's not all that hard to build a cheap router table. Check You Tube for ideas.

Rockler Corner Radius Routing Templates | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

I also like MFT tables and bought this one made by Armor.

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It's not all that hard to build a cheap router table. Check You Tube for ideas.
Or, check RouterForums.
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@Ralph & Herb...
Yes, MFT = Multi Function Table. I think the naming comes from Festool, who's happy to charge you a mint for a piece of MDF with 20mm holes on 96mm centers. There are much less expensive ways to do it, as a couple people in this forum have discussed previously. MFT proponents like their many options for clamping, dogs, etc. I've never used one, but I'm starting an experiment (since I'm rebuilding a shop anyway) to build around such a bench and see how it affects my workflow. I posted the video because I was a bit surprised to see a router mounted in an MFT *without* a plate or insert.

More generally...
I think the jig is slick, but that's not really my interest in the thread. I posted it because it inspired a sudden head-full of what-if questions about either mounting my router under the MFT I'm building, or drilling MFT style holes in the top of a separate router table.
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@AshleyJ - Check out Ron Paulks Total Station on YouTube. You might be able to incorporate a router insert plate in to your top. With it supported from underneath by a pair of 2x4s on saw horses, it should be stable enough for work.
One of our members built that jig a few years back and it does indeed work as well as he demonstrates. Unfortunately, I'm suffering from CRS at the moment and can't remember who it was.
One of our members built that jig a few years back and it does indeed work as well as he demonstrates. Unfortunately, I'm suffering from CRS at the moment and can't remember who it was.
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:grin::grin::grin::grin::grin::grin: No charge for our friendly service.

Thanks Mike. I knew someone would find it for me.... :grin:
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