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    Router Table Top

    I find I am using my router table more and more. Mine is totally home made, top and fence. Back when I made it I didn't realize there is a standard size for the router plate and I cut a piece of plate aluminum I had far to large so I can't replace it. The reason I want to replace it is I can't use inserts that are available for other plates. Also, my aluminum plate leave gray marks on what ever I run across it, unless I wax it each time. Mine is one size fits all. So I am looking at replacing the table top, and plate and getting additional inserts for the plate. I've been looking at the Woodpecker and the Incra. The Incra would be a little cheaper, and I like the magnetic inserts, but I also like the Woodpecker set up. The only draw back I see to the Incra is it doesn't have T slot strips to fasten the fence to. I suppose I can add them. I will build a new fence because I just purchased the Incra Incremental Positioning Jig when it was on sale. It will not work with the fence I have currently.

    Just wondering is anyone has either of these tabletop systems and what is your thoughts/recommendations.

    Pictured below is what I currently have. I do not have a lift, the top is hinged to lift for changing bits and adjusting bit height. I'm fine with that, can't afford a lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    ... The only draw back I see to the Incra is it doesn't have T slot strips to fasten the fence to. I suppose I can add them. I will build a new fence because I just purchased the Incra Incremental Positioning Jig when it was on sale...
    If you're using an Incra positioner, do you still need the t-slots for the fence?
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    !!!

    Only if i wanted to use my existing fence, can't think why I would though. I still get to make the fence, stop block and upright push thingy.

    Well I ordered the Incra plate and some other stuff today anyway. I will have to make my own table top. None of the sizes they had would work well with my cabinet.

    Thanks Vaughn for clearing my mind. I would blame it on getting old, but I've always been a little slow.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    ...Well I ordered the Incra plate and some other stuff today anyway. I will have to make my own table top. None of the sizes they had would work well with my cabinet...
    Of course we'll want pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    !!!

    Only if i wanted to use my existing fence, can't think why I would though. I still get to make the fence, stop block and upright push thingy.

    Well I ordered the Incra plate and some other stuff today anyway. I will have to make my own table top. None of the sizes they had would work well with my cabinet.

    Thanks Vaughn for clearing my mind. I would blame it on getting old, but I've always been a little slow.....
    Even slow pics would be ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    If you're using an Incra positioner, do you still need the t-slots for the fence?
    Keep in mind, I have the Incra jig, not their fancy positioner. So reading the instructions the jig is mounted to a piece of plywood or MDF. The jig, fence, etc., can either be clamped to the table top or use T-slots. Guess I would rather use the T-slots to fasten mine. I knew there was a reason..... I'm slow but I eventually come around...

    This is what I bought when it was on sale:
    http://www.incrementaltools.com/Orig...DVD_p/ij32.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Keep in mind, I have the Incra jig, not their fancy positioner. So reading the instructions the jig is mounted to a piece of plywood or MDF. The jig, fence, etc., can either be clamped to the table top or use T-slots. Guess I would rather use the T-slots to fasten mine. I knew there was a reason..... I'm slow but I eventually come around...

    This is what I bought when it was on sale:
    http://www.incrementaltools.com/Orig...DVD_p/ij32.htm
    Ah, OK. I had one of those too and you're right...t-track would be a good way to lock down the plywood base.
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    You had one, are they worth the trouble? Be honest now.
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    I only used it for a little while before I got a good deal on the next better model. (And that one was replaced not too long afterward when I won my current one in a drawing.) I think it'll definitely be worth the trouble on a router table, especially if you can come up with a way to mount it in the same exact spot every time.
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    Got It Done

    I completed my router table to today!

    It is a little smaller than the original one was. I feel pretty good about it.

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    I have a tilt top to get access to change bits and adjust height. In order to keep the router and plate from possibly falling when I tilt the lid I had to make brackets to hold it in. I didn't want to drill any holes in my new plate, so I used the ones provided for a router lift. I think it will work fine.

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    This is what my little unit looks like with it's new top and fence. I may have to add a T-rail to my fence, not sure yet. I also want to be able to use my old fence so I will have to modify it a bit. I also still need to build a right angle jig to go with the Incra fence jig.

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