Rockler aluminum router table insert plates (the blue ones)


Does anyone have an opinion on these insert plates? They seem quite nice and I like that they have them pre-drilled for a bunch of different routers. I also like that they offer the extra large plates (although it retails for $69 I think) for bigger routers. I have a Freud FT2000.
So, any negative opinions out there? Better options?
Thanks, Jeff
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It's rugged, flat, and solid. It works nicely with the Hitachi M12V which is fairly hefty. I really like the aluminum.
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JJ wrote:

You might want to look at these: http://www.woodpeck.com/aluminsert.html
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The plates are nice and work well. I bought one in the interim for my Craftsman table. The problem then becomes the table itself. You can build a Frankenstein with a collection of the best of the best component wise. What you ultimately end up with is a hellofva bastard table. I got tired of fooling myself and wasting time and bought what was the best table for my needs and ended up with the Grizzly G5028. I can't complain, and the only thing I would change is the router clamping and make it more like the Veritas steel sheet. You just can't beat a machined cast iron top!
I was going to buy the Freud table and it was a toss up with the Veritas... The conclusion fell to, I could spend less and not get what I really need and get buy or spend much more and get what I really need!

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JJ wrote:

Jeff,
I am very happy with mine. Flat, solid and smooth.
Just recently I bought the Rockler/Jessem Lift, which fits the exact cutout of the smaller Rockler plate. Haven't used it much yet, but fit right in and was fired up in minutes.
Dave
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I really like mine. Mine happens to be drilled only for my Bosch router. Very flat and solid. It solved a problem for me with the weak mounting in my homemade table. I built the one featured in Woodsmith many years ago. It's served me well, but I think it's time for me to move on.
I won't buy a table, so I'm considering various plans starting with the recent table Norm built on New Yankee Workshop.
One side note, this is the road to immortality. I've got so many projects lined up I just can't seem to fit a date in for dying. Or getting sick for that matter. So many projects, so little time. :)
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George Max wrote:
> I won't buy a table, so I'm considering various plans starting with > the recent table Norm built on New Yankee Workshop.
I built the early version, but I fudged a little.
Was given a "mistake" by a local lumber yard that consisted of three (3) pieces of 13 ply (3/4") birch ply that had been laminated together.
Makes a hell of a router table top.
BTW, didn't have a table saw at the time.
Used a saber saw and a router with a straight edge to get the right size.
If you build a table, consider using at least two (2),13 ply sheets laminated together.
As the old German used to say to my father, "she's built hell for stout".
Lew
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

Thanks for the advice Lew. I AM building a table and I AM using two plys! :-)
Jeff
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I'm very happy with mine - http://home.san.rr.com/jeffnann/WoodWorking/Shop/Shop.html - actually all the tabletop hardware came from Rockler... I'm still looking forward to getting a bigger router dedicated to table use, and being able to just swap out the plates.
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I like the aluminum angle piece supporting your fence. Can you tell me where you get something like that? Have you found it to be square enough?
Jeff
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JJ wrote:

Sorry about the delay - we had an ISP problem, and the holidays just extended it...
The 3" x 3" x 1/4" aluminum angle is a standard size, and I've found it plenty sturdy enough to support the tall fence faces. I went to a local metal supply yard and got pieces from their cutoff bin. (That's also the same way I got all the steel parts for the table saw fence.) A quick Google showed hundreds of hits for metal suppliers, including https://www.metalsdepot.com /.
There are strips of slippery tape on the bottom side of the aluminum angle to let the fence slide easily on the table. As I recall, there are two layers (of tape) near the front and one layer near the back to adjust the fence face square to the table top.
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