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post #1 of 40 Old 02-11-2014, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'm taking welding in high school and I have the choice of what to make for a project. I already ok'd making a router table/cart with my welding teacher. I have to make the frame from metal but I can have wood on the sides if I want too. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas or plans that if might be able to use. I have no idea how to build a router table or a fence system for it. So the more explanation the better. Thanks for taking time to read this and help me.
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Hi JB.

There are numerous threads here on the subject.

Its a pretty broad subject so try a search of this forum then if you have specific questions we'll be able to help.

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What router table insert plate could I use a hf 1.5 horsepower plunge router. Or is it better to make it special. Or if I upgrade will I have to get a new insert plate?
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The mounting holes very from router to router. I would make the top with a 10" to 12" square hole in it with a lip to accept a 1/4" thick aluminum plate. Then make the plate and drill and countersink holes in it to fit the router you have. At some time in the future when you change routers and the holes don't match up it gives you the option of making a new plate to fit the new router.
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Would 10"x10"x1/4" support a12 lb router
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I would buy a standard plate or lift. That way you can have the different sized inserts for safety.

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I would buy a standard plate or lift. That way you can have the different sized inserts for safety.
What would you suggest? As in what brand/type?
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What would you suggest? As in what brand/type?
Any 1/4"-3/8" aluminum plate that has removable center rings will be fine. If you want the Ferrari, grab a Jessum master lift II.

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I don't know any brand names so how would I find them? I just bought the router a 1 3/4 hp craftsman plunge router. Variable speed 1/4 and 1/2 shank. So can I get a plate specifically for that?
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Here's what you need...

If you shop around, you can probably find better prices than these.

http://www.rockler.com/search/go?asu...++Insert+Plate

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Would those come with the screws to mount the router to the table?
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Also I've seen to make the top 1 1/2 inches thick is this to thick or should I go an inch
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Also I've seen to make the top 1 1/2 inches thick is this to thick or should I go an inch
The thickness of your top wouldn't really matter. You would just make a rabbetted lip around the top where you are going to insert the router lift plate. For the screws you remove the plastic sub-base of your router and use those screws to mount the base of the router to the plate.
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Also would I best using mdf and laminating it or use hardwood like oak or hard maple?
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2 layers of 3/4" MDF will work as long as you apply HPL to all surfaces. I also added steel tubing under mine so it will never be able to sag.

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Sorry but what's hpl?
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Sorry but what's hpl?

High Pressure Laminate. Formica, is on manufacturer, there are many.

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Ok thanks. I have to finish designing it and I will post a picture of my plans. Do you have experience with a hinged top? I've heard there good to have.
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Ok thanks. I have to finish designing it and I will post a picture of my plans. Do you have experience with a hinged top? I've heard there good to have.

No, I use a lift in the wing of my tablesaw.

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Ok thanks.
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