The router base plate that i got with my "universal" table has many
holes in it for different tools, ie router, jig saw etc. These many
holes are useless to me and always seem to be catching the corner of
wood that i am trying to rout. I have gotten a couple of steel plates
pieces that are thick enough and big enough that I am going to make a
new router plate. My question is how do i make the holes (4 ea ) in
the plate so that they are inset to hold a beveled head of a bolt and
below the level of the plate. The plate is not thick enough to drill
the hole then bevel it out. I know i could buy a plate that is made to
do this job but these plates came along and will be much better than
the one that is one there.
1. Do I drill the holes big enough for the screw shaft then using the
bolt, hammer it in place so that it creates the correct bevel?
2. Do i try to hammer in the bevel before making the screw hole?
Any suggestion or comments would be most welcome.
Ken, makin dust in NS
if you are about to make a base plate for the router,I would recommend 1/4''
aluminum plate or lexan use a hole saw with correct arbor to make the hole
for the router bit to travel in. After that drill your mounting screw holes
the same size as what is currently in the router.If you don't own a
countersink,take a drill bit the same exact size as the head of the screw
and drill approx half way thru the mounting plate, when completed you should
have a nice beveled hole that will accept the proper screw and they will be
flush with the surface.Put away the beating tools as this will warp the
plate and you will end up frustrated.If the router isn't mounted
properly,you could end up with damaged equipment or personal injury.
Do it right the first time,you will thank yourself in the end.
Have a happy and safe New year
If it isn't thick enough for a countersink, how is the factory plate made?
Trying to do this by hammering the bolt into the hole is an exercise in
futility. If you manage to do it, there will be an equal sized bump on the
other side. Your router will not sit flat.
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