Off-center router base

I fought with trying to get my router base centered up with the
bushing/bit on my last project. I inserted a bushing in the
plunge router base only to figure out that the bit was so far
off that it wouldn't even go thru the bushing. I finally
abandoned the plunge base and used the fixed base but still had
to drill new holes for the phenolic base to get it centered.
In the end it was an enormous waste of time. What's the
solution? Are there brands that are better than others? Do any
have slotted holes to allow for adjustment? Any replacement
hardware available?
I know I can't be the only person to fight this battle. Any
words of wisdom?
Larry
Reply to
Larry
Maybe, maybe not. I've never had a problem with the 2-3 brands I've owned...your is...?
A. Make a base, drill a hole the proper size for the bushing holder, put a bushing in the holder, put a bit for the bushing in router, center bit in bushing, attach base to router.
- OR -
B. Enlarge the attachment holes in the base you now have so you can wiggle the base to center bit.
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dadiOH
I made my own base plate. After mounting the base to the router I used a "V" bit chucked the the router to find the exact center of the base. I then used two different sized fostner bit to very carefully create a stepped hole of the correct size to allow mounting my bushings.
I works great.
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Nova
Mine allows for the use of pan head screws in slightly oversize counterbored holes for fine centering, although it's pretty close to start.
Chis
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Chris Friesen
What Jack said. Works great for me. I make my bases all square, from Corian scraps. (Square ones ride much nicer along fences, averaging out any small aberrations the fence might have.)
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Robatoy
Nova wrote in news:007ff99a$0$8178$ snipped-for-privacy@news.astraweb.com:
This seems to be my best option. What material did you use?
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Larry
"dadiOH" wrote in news:xcyPm.37291$ snipped-for-privacy@newsfe18.ams:
Porter Cable
The holes are for countersink heads. I don't think there's enough material left to do this. Really needs panhead screws.
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Larry
Chris Friesen wrote in news:66qdnfdRTYD2LJPWnZ2dnUVZ snipped-for-privacy@posted.sasktel:
What brand of router?
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Larry
That also removes the chance for any centering inaccuracy in a round base. The factory base on my PC wasn't round, nor centered.
A square base means you stay the same distance from edge to center and there is to chance of rotating the router.
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-MIKE-
Larry Blanchard wrote in news:su2dnXhajIM_JpPWnZ2dnUVZ snipped-for-privacy@pghconnect.com:
My PC690 has several annoyances that the DW618 seems to address. I'll have to take a closer look at one next time I'm at the BORG.
Given the popularity of the PC690 there seems to be an opportunity for an enterprising person to build an aftermarket base. Not really any different than a lift but much simpler. Both address the same problems...
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Larry
On the subject of making your own base.....
I had the idea of using an adjustable hole cutter to help cut a perfect radius around the center. This kind...
Cut your base over-sized by a small amount. Mount the base on the router, use a plunge bit to cut a 1/2-3/4" hole. Mount the hole saw in the router. Do NOT power up. :-) Spin hole saw by hand or mount the pilot bit (yes, the business end) in a cordless drill and drill slowly, while slowly turning the router's plunge depth knob. Either cut all the way through the thickness of the base with the hole cutter, or cut down just enough to have room for a guide bearing. Take base off router. Mount router in table with a pattern bit. Finish cut on base with pattern bit.
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-MIKE-
My bases are all rectangular, all made to exactly the same even inch size and all with the exact distance from each edge to the center of the bit. This was done for using a fence with standard offsets.
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Nova
I made a recess for pan head screws and slightly enlarged the holes, then made a tool to put in the chuck and automatically center the base then tighten the screws. See pictures in ABPW.
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Gerald Ross
What does cool have to do with it. :-)
I still think it would work for someone who wanted a dead-centered round base. It's not a production thing, it's a one-off deal.
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-MIKE-
It's certainly not an eloquent tool, but I have one. Used very slowly with the stock utterly clamped solid and a controlled feed rate, it'll do the job. But it is a tool more suited to drilling holes in spun cellulose dropped ceiling tiles. :)
Greg G.
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Greg G

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