Making the Baseplate

Although the two baseplates are slightly different in configuration. the materials used and the construction sequence and procedures are the same for both.

1. Cut the heel and sole plates. I made my two flush-trimming baseplates (one for a laminate trimmer, one for a full-sized router) of plastic. For the laminate trimmer baseplate. 1 used two layers of /ยป-inch phenolic. Because of the design of the trimmer's base, using clear acrylic wasn't going to provide any more visibility. Clear acrylic does provide more visibility on the full-sized router's baseplate, so I diil use it for the sole plate for that router.

Either baseplate, of course, can be made using acrylic or polycarbonate, if that's your preference, or even plywood. medium-density fiberboard (MDF),or hardboard.

If you don't mind wasting a couple of triangles of the plate stock, cut two pieces the same size, that being the dimensions of the sole plate. Any of the materials cited can be cut on the table saw. To trim the prow of the heel plate.

Baseplate mounting screws

Assembly screws

FLUSH TRIMMING BASEPLATE FOR LAMINATE TRIMMER

EDGE VIEW

Mushroom-style knob 4--

BOTTOM VIEW

Knob-mounting bolt

LAMINATE TRIMMER BASEPLATE

Cutting List

Part Qty. Dimensions

Material

Sole plate I Wx 3 ft" X 12"

Phenolic

Heelplate 1 VtT X 3ft" X \Q%"

Phenolic iMWMimnnH

PLATE LAYOUTS FOR LAMINATE TRIMMER

SOLE PLATE

W phenolic

PLATE LAYOUTS FOR LAMINATE TRIMMER

SOLE PLATE

W phenolic

Assembly-screw holes, tapped for 10-24 machine screw

Mounting-screw holes; use factory baseplate as pattern.

Assembly-screw holes, tapped for 10-24 machine screw set the saw's miter gauge to the angle specified in the layout drawings, and cut it to the length shown.

2. Mount the sole on the router base. This is a procedure detailed in the chapter "The Generic Baseplate," which begins on page 63. Basically, you use the factory baseplate as a pattern for drilling mounting-scrcw holes in the blank for the new baseplate. If at all possible, use flat-head screws to attach the new baseplate to the router.

You may want to trim the plate to conform to the shape of the muter base. The small plate was made for a DeWalt laminate trimmer, which lias a square base; the plan reflects that configuration. The larger plate was rounded to match

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