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    Quick-release router table?

    I recently bought myself a router, and am interested in using it as part of a router. However, most router tables permanently affix the router to the mounting plate. Does anyone know of a DIY quick-release system for one of these?

    Incidentally, having just spent way too much money on some fancy carbide hole saws, I'll be making the mounting plate myself out of a 1/4" thick piece of aluminum.

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    Joseph, I haven't seen a quick-release setup for a router plate, but on mine, there are only four screws holding the router to the plate. In about 2 minutes I can remove a router from the plate and install the factory baseplate. The baseplate itself is held on the router table with only friction. It lifts right off when necessary.
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    Most folks just pick up a second fixed base. What type of router is it? Maybe someone has an extra they'd let go cheap(?).
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    The best solution is ------------ buy another Router, one is never enough anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Most folks just pick up a second fixed base. What type of router is it? Maybe someone has an extra they'd let go cheap(?).
    An el-cheapo Bosch plunge router I picked up for $27 on eBay. From what I understand, most plunge routers require some sort of clamp to hold them in place so that they can be used with a table; removing this clamp is time consuming (if possible at all!)

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    How about a couple of toggle clamps with a pin to stop any rotational movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Yates View Post
    How about a couple of toggle clamps with a pin to stop any rotational movement.

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    Vibration might make them come loose

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    Simple, just leave it attached.

    Since I really don't use a router out of the table anymore, its always attached to the mounting plate. When I do have to use the router out of the table I just use it with the plate attached. It gives you a larger surface for the router to sit on and its less likely to tip. The mounting plate is just like a large baseplate.

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    I got one of these for my Porter Cable 890 router. Can take it out of the router lift and back into it's base in less than 45 seconds.





    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...R-Lift-FX.aspx





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