Did you use the install guide kit? The Bosch kit has 4 pointy srcews
you thread into the router base that you thump to make marks on the
plate. Think of it as a 4x center punch. the kit also comes with a
centering guide so your router ends up in the middle of the plate. If
you screw up you just try again. There should be enough space on the
plate to try 3 times.
Dig that little puppy out of the trash and use it as a template to trim
a piece of 1/4" lexan you get from your local plastics remnant bin to
make a replacement.
Probably get enought lexan to make a couple of inserts for a few $.
BTW, 1/4" sheet plastic such as lexan is a great material for making jigs.
I have a Bench Dog router table and HAD a 3/8" thick Lexan plate and my
Triton made it sag enough that folded 20# paper could easily be slipped
under a straight edge in the middle. I had not suspected any sag until
tennons cut in 2 passes were coming out stepped. For about 2 years a large
Bosch had been hanging from the other side of the plate with no sag. Last
week I switched to a 3/8" thick phenolic plate.
Sag is a concern - is 1/4" aluminum plate thick enough or should I go
Also trying to figure out how to really anchor down an insert to reduce
the opening for larger bits - it maybe just as easy to build 2
different plates - one for large bits and the other for small.
Can't believe how pricey the sliding miter gauges are - paying $100+
for one of those is obscene - any suggestions?
Thanks - Woodpecker uses 3/8" aluminum plate - that is what I will use
and do it with 2 plates - hate to think what would happen to a bit if a
home made insert got into the bit - hear a big bang - not fun.
Here's what I did to install my Hitachi M12V in my Rousseau plate.
On the lathe, I turned a stepped spindle. One end I turned exactly 1/2".
The other end I turned to match the smallest hole (ring) in the rousseau
plate (I forget what the diameter was). Chucked this little beauty in my
router, dropped the plate over it and that sucker wouldn't budge. While it
was clamped in place (to prevent slippage), I used a scribe to outline the
base of the router on the bottom of the baseplate. The M12V has one
straight edge on the base, which helped, but wasn't necessary to make this
method work. Then, unclamped everything and lined up the M12V subbase on
the scribed line, clamped in place and marked hole locations. Went to the
drill press, Bob's your uncle, and everything lined up perfectly. Hope this
helps for your next try.
We need to come up with some good reason besides
plain ole' "turning" (for SWMBO's):
Like, let's see...
"It can be used to polish the
silver around holidays"
"If we need a salad bowl in a pinch..."
"Wood lamp? Sure honey...no problem...o"
I have nothing else. Need help. Want a lathe sitting
in my shop. Don't know why, just want one.
(Turning, turning, turning..."Rawhide" -
err...guess that's "rolling, rolling, rolling...)
Send it to me. I love my Rousseaus. No reason not to have another one,
even though it's been defaced, reducing its sale value to zero.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
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