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Friday's Tip for October 18th

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Router Base Transfer Points

After I lost track of the base plate for the router that goes in my router table, I had to make a new one with accurately marked holes for the mounting screws and a centered hole for the bit. I figured out how to do it while flipping through a machinist's  catalog: put a 1/4" straight bit into the collet and a cone-pointed setscrew into each of the router's threaded mounting holes. Drill a 1/4" hole in the base and slide the base over the 1/4" bit. Give the base a tap and the setscrews mark the drilling locations. Drill and countersink for the mounting screws. Before mounting the base, enlarge the 1/4" center hole using a holesaw piloted by a 1/4" bit.

Steve Corel

My Take

Always a good idea to keep good reading material - such as a machinist's catalog - in the restroom. You just never know what you'll learn!