How to Connect a Woodworking Router to a Router Table

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A router is a very versatile tool. It can be used for decorating shelf edges, shaping rails and stiles for cabinet doors, cutting dadoes or even jointing wood in a pinch. If you've used one for more than rounding the edge of a shelf, you have probably considered getting a router table.
Mounting your router to a table can give you more accurate cuts than can be achieved by hand. It is also easier to use when using larger molding bits.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • Router table
  • Screwdriver

Remove Base Plate

  • Unplug the router. If there is a bit in position, remove it.

  • Locate the mounting screws for the router's base plate. There should be three screws holding the plastic plate to the base of your router.

  • Remove the mounting screws and set aside. These will be used to attach your router to the table.

  • Remove the plastic base plate from the router.

Attach Router to Table

  • Locate mounting holes on the router table. This can be confusing if you've never done it before. Most commercial router tables have mounting holes positioned to accept several popular brands of routers.

  • Examine the large hole in the middle of the router table. It is designed to hold inserts for various bit sizes. If there is an insert in the hole, remove it.
    Hold the router upside down under the table and position it under the insert hole.

  • Rotate the base of the router until the mounting holes in the base line up with a corresponding set of holes on the table. It might take a few tries to get the right holes.

  • Insert the mounting screws in the proper holes on the table. Thread the screws into the base of router and tighten. Be sure to hold the router base evenly against the bottom of the table while inserting and tightening the screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most router tables have a built-in power switch. Using it rather than reaching under the table to turn your router on and off is not only easier, it is much safer. Simply plug the router into the table outlet then plug the table's power cord into the wall.
  • Never work on the router base or remove bits without first unplugging the router.
  • Don't over-tighten mounting screws. The mounting screws should hold the router firmly in position but should be easy to remove. It is easy to strip the threads in the router's base. If this happens, do not use the router on the table. Without proper support the router bit may be difficult or impossible to square with the face of the table. Worse yet, the base could fail while the unit is running.

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