One of the things that I detest is stitching out the router table plates
on my router table. Bench Dog brand and a large Triton router hanging
The plate that I use 95% of the time is some type plastic material not
totally unlike a phenolic material. The router hangs by 4 flat head
counter sunk screws that are tightened and loosened by a 4mm hex wrench.
The screws seem to naturally get tighter with time and it is a test of
my nerves to loosen them. Using a 4mm Hex wrench with a 24" pry bar
firmly attached I give the wrench a slow steady twist. I suppose the
pry bar moves 45 degrees and then all of a sudden a loud POP and the
screw is loose. I keep a rag over the wrench and screw for the time
that the pop ends up being the wrench shattering. The head of the screw
is wider than 1/2" so there is a lot of contact area with the router plate.
And my hex wrench now has a 30 degree twist through out the length of
the short end.
So what to do. I wonder if an anti seize compound and or teflon tape
under the head might be the answer.
Call Kano Labs in Nashville, they have an 800#, and talk to one of
These are the people who bring us Kroil.
Does this appear to be a problem of the bolts sticking in the router or the
bolt heads sticking to the table plate? If the former anti-seize would make
sense. If the latter perhaps some paste wax or Breakfree would suffice.
It is the screw head sticking to the plate. The bolt turns freely once
the head is turned any amount at all. The wax is sounding like a
reasonable solution. My fear then is that the screws might vibrate
loose. LOL Well maybe wax on the head and LocTite on the threads.
Why not try out the teflon tape? You have nothing to lose. I would
hold off on trying the antiseize without knowing exactly what the plate
is made of. Some varieties of polycarbonate can be weakened by certain
solvents or petroleum products, or so I've heard.
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
I would not think wax would be a problem but teflon will be my second
choice. Wax would be much easier to apply. The tape would have to be
wrapped around the bottom of the head with nothing to really grab on to.
On Friday, January 3, 2014 4:11:45 PM UTC-8, Leon wrote:
You might check the countersink ANGLE to see if it's a match to the
screw head. There are 'standard' countersink angles of 60, 82, and 90
degrees; inch-size takes 82 degrees, but metric fasteners take 90 degree
I'm pretty sure the countersink angle is correct, it is quite wide, so
to speak. And as tight as the screws fit I would think there wold be a
ridge in the plate countersink hole, and with the screw sitting in the
hole it will not wobble.
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