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Hang a Router….Perfectly

Surfire router plate installation

By Jennifer Feist

 

Are you tempted by the
benefits of owning a router
table plate but hesitate to take the
plunge because of the hassles involved in
mounting it in your table? That’s understandable
because a poorly fit router table plate leads to endless
frustration.A loose fit makes it impossible to maintain a
consistent distance between your bit and fence. A plate
that’s set too high or too low in the rabbet creates catch
points for stock and makes depth-of-cut settings difficult.
Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with these headaches.
Here’s how to correctly install the plate for peak
performance.

If you’re still worried about approaching your immaculate
tabletop with a screaming router, do what I did and
practice the procedure on a piece of scrap first.You’ll need
a pattern bit (Photo 1), a jigsaw, a drill,double-stick tape and
some 1-in.-thick stock. (The 1-in. material can be made
from built-up sheet stock.)

 

1. Choose a
pattern bit

with the
same radius
as the
corners on
your router
table plate.

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2. Make an exact
template
using your
plate as a guide.We
used 1-in.-thick stock
to accommodate the
depth of the bit and the
bearing (Photo 3).
Double-stick tape
works great for holding
the boards in place
without making holes in
your router table top.

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3. Set the bit
depth
using
a template
board and
your plate as
a guide.The
depth-of-cut
equals the
thickness of
the template
boards plus
the thickness
of the plate.

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4. Rout the
rabbet
after adding
support
boards for
the router
base to the
middle of
the cutout.

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5. Rough cut the opening with a jigsaw. Be sure
to support the cutout so it can’t break off before
the cut is finished. Predrilling the corners helps
start the cut and makes cutting the corners easier.

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Accurately Centering the
Router on the Plate

If you want to use template guide bushings with your router
table plate, the router must be mounted dead-on center, and
that’s not easy.

Rousseau has developed a
baseplate mounting system
that’s simple and accurate. The
bit includes a centering disc,
alignment pin, longer mounting
screws and pointed tapping
screws that accurately mark
where to drill your plate.This
system works with any plate that accepts 1-3/16-in. guide bushings.
Priced at $5, it’s well worth the headaches it saves!

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Sources

Note: Product availability and prices are subject to change.

Hartville Tool, hartvilletool.com, 800-345-2396,
Top-Bearing Pattern Bits:
# R3004, 1/2-in. dia.;
Double-Stick Tape:
#12638, 1 in. x 36 yards.

Rousseau Baseplate Mounting
System
, rousseauco.com, 800-635-3416.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker February 2000, issue #85.


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