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  • Plate for Freud 1702 router?

    Added a Freud FT1702VCEK recently during the Lowes selloff. Trying to find a plate to fit it for my router table. Found it won't fit on my Rockler plate for the PC690. My other plate/table is set up for the Milwaukee 3.5HP. Any suggestions/source? Want to use it in a dedicated router table.Thanks JO
    jerry

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    Router table plate

    I have this router and Rockler table. I bought the Rockler blank plate and drilled it as needed. Works great!
    Jack

    Throughout my racing career I was constantly reminded of this: "Keep the pointy end forward and the shiny side up!"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JJO View Post
      Added a Freud FT1702VCEK recently during the Lowes selloff. Trying to find a plate to fit it for my router table. Found it won't fit on my Rockler plate for the PC690. My other plate/table is set up for the Milwaukee 3.5HP. Any suggestions/source? Want to use it in a dedicated router table.Thanks JO
      Bench Dog makes a plate for it, but their plates are not the same size as most others I've seen. So if your table can take their plate that is a solution.

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      • #4
        Buy a blank and drill it.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by RmeDad View Post
          I have this router and Rockler table. I bought the Rockler blank plate and drilled it as needed. Works great!
          Thanks for the response. Did you also drill a larger hole in the plate for the heigth adjuster? And how does that aduster thru the plate work above the table? Thanks
          jerry

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          • #6
            I use a hex bit and adapter with a portable drill to raise and lower. It's a whole lot quicker.

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            • #7
              Do a search for my user ID in the tool section. If you drill your own plate, don't trust the supplied paper template. They are way off on one of the holes and another is shown too small.

              In another thread, I posted pics of the Freud 1702 in my BT3 with the access holes drilled through the table.

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              • #8
                Freud 1702 router table plate

                I would suggest using the plastic plate that fits on the bottom of the router to check the placement of your center-punched holes before your start drilling. You might find that the mounting holes and the lift hole line up pretty well with the template. The oddball may be the locking hex nut.
                If your accuracy is in doubt try drilling some smaller holes in some 1/4" hardboard. Then use it as a template. If your drills wobble even after center punching the holes and using a drill press, you should drill the holes using some machinist drills that are double ended center hole types. They are short and thick and won't jump around as much.
                If you can't get the hardboard holes to line up with the router plate or base you should get help before making your 60-90 dollar aluminum plate look like swiss cheese.
                Using a micrometer to measure the distance between center punch points might be a worthwhile effort. If they aren't punched in the right place the holes won't be in the right place. Seems like common sense but I learned it the hard way on other projects.
                Jim

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                • #9
                  Larger hole

                  Originally posted by JJO View Post
                  Thanks for the response. Did you also drill a larger hole in the plate for the heigth adjuster? And how does that aduster thru the plate work above the table? Thanks
                  I did drill a 1/2" hole for the adjuster. As mentioned, don't trust the template that came with the kit, IT IS WRONG! I just set it up by using a PDF of the template and modifying the location of the misplaced hole.
                  Jack

                  Throughout my racing career I was constantly reminded of this: "Keep the pointy end forward and the shiny side up!"

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                  • #10
                    I ended up getting lucky and was able to order from Rockler one of their last plates for the Frued 1700 series. Arrived yesterday and seems to be a perfect fit plus hole for the adjuster is already there. Once in a while, things work out. Thanks guys. Of course, I now have to add + $50 to the cost of the router...Oh well...
                    jerry

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