I pulled it from the trash and widened the holes so now they all line up. I
wanted to attach it to the side of my table saw so I made a practice router
table top. It turned out so good that it became my "actual" top. The only
complant I have against the rousseau is the difficulty in putting in the
hole reducer rings. Other than that it seems pretty good.
One of the things, I really hated about this plate. The Woodpeckers is a
twistlock, very easy to get in and out.
Another thing I didn't like about the Rousseau was there was no means of
leveling. I talked to them and they sent me a leveling kit. But it looked
really flimsy. Gave the plate away with the table, but I actually still
have the leveling kit some where.
Even if you'd gotten lined up, you might not have liked it anyway. I had
one. My DW618 came with a centering tool so it was a little easier getting
it lined up. But I never really liked the plate anyway. I hated the crown
in the plate. The inserts never seemed to be flat and they were a pain to
install. I gave away my old open stand table and built a new cabinet style.
This time I used a Woodpeckers cast aluminum. Its' predrilled and fits
perfectly. I just bought the extra twist lock set of insert. You can go
even smaller with a set of 1 3/6" inserts from Lee Valley, (I'll be getting
these later). One word describes this setup, Sweettttttt!. Do yourself a
favor and check out the Woodpeckers plates.
I did not have any problems with the Rousseau and I have the PC 7518.
I may have used a spring-loaded self centering awl used to center
hinge screws. I used a drill press to drill the holes. I'm sure you
can salvage the plate.
BTW, I made a frame jig made from 4 pieces of 1/2" thick ply. These
pieces are 8" longer and dadoed to make a nice sturdy frame. The
extra length does two things: makes dados rather than (weaker) half
lap joints, and provides plenty of clamping areas. The Rousseau
instructions say to use two "L"s as a router guide to cut the hole,
but the frame is much sturdier. I also made a test cut on some scrap
mdf before cutting into my trimmed laminated router table top which I
put several hours work.
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