Using the Baseplate

The baseplate can be used to plunge-bore holes, to cut mortises, and to plow grooves. The operating principles are the same for all three chores. The difference is in whether or not to actually feed the router laterally, and if you do. how far. Here's how to do it, step by step.

1. Set up the router. Naturally, you need to install the baseplate. Select the bit you need to use, and chuck it in the router. Set the plunge stop.

2. Lay out the cut. Remember that the closest you can rout to the workpiece's end is about 5'/2 inches. Mark the beginning and end of the desired cut. If the cut is a simple hole, mark it with an "X."

Clamp ihe workpiece in some way that provides unobstructed access to both surfaces that the pins must reference.

3. Make the cut. Set the router in place. Twist it so the pins come into firm contact with the workpiece. Align

CUT SCHEMATIC

Center cuts on an edge don't need a lot of setup fiddling. Whether the cut is a hole, a mortise, or a slot, the center-finding baseplate will position it equidistant from the arrises of the workpiece. The trick behind this magic is that the positioning pins attached to the baseplate are themselves equidistant from the bit axis.

CUT SCHEMATIC

the bit over the start of the cut. Switch on the router, plunge the bit, and make the cut.

Troubleshooting: If you discover that your plate making wasn't as accurate as you would have liked, and your cut isn't perfectly centered,you can salvage the workpiece. 'ยก"he cut will be wider than the bit, but it will be centered.

Lift the router and reposition it so pins are on the opposite sides of the workpiece than they were before, and take a second pass. Now don't simply reverse the direction in which you twisted the router. If you do this, the pins will remain on the same sides of the workpiece, and the bit will still be off-center toward the same edge.So that won't work.

To repeat myself, you have to move the pins mi they reference different sides of the workpiece in the second pass than they did in the first. That is all it takes. But to rectify the problem for the long term, make yourself a new baseplate. Just work a little more carefully the second lime. Hey. I had to make mine twice, so don't feel too bad if you do too.

Twist router 'til BOTH pins contact workpiece. Hold pins firmly against the workpiece as you feed the router and make the cut.

Limit to the range of cut

Workpiece

V4"-wide cut is equidistant from the workpiece's edges.

Twist router 'til BOTH pins contact workpiece. Hold pins firmly against the workpiece as you feed the router and make the cut.

Limit to the range of cut

Workpiece

V4"-wide cut is equidistant from the workpiece's edges.

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