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Mounting a router correctly is essential for accurate and safe routing. This blog post explains everything you need to know about mounting a router into a Kreg router table. If you are not familiar with it, read this and learn how to mount it correctly.
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Make Sure the Router Table Is Secure
- This is the obvious first step. Make sure that the router table you are using is secure so that it will not move when you use it. Ensure all tools are on hand and ready to use before installing your router.
- It’s best to mount the router from below. Get a friend or family member to help hold the router down while you install it from below, or lay it down on its side with a block of wood underneath so that it will not tip over when you install it from above.
- Once you have mounted your router, make sure that there is no vibration coming from the table itself when cutting through material such as wood or plastic because this may cause damage to your work surface or even yourself if there are any loose parts inside your new tool’s housing unit which could come loose during operation and hit someone nearby (or worse).
Have All Tools on Hand
You’ll need the following:
- Router table
- Tape measure
- Pencil or marker
Marking measurements on your router table is key to success. You’ll need to make sure that the screws are installed to make them easily accessible without hindering the router’s ability to perform. Take care when working with power tools, and ensure that you have all your tools nearby before beginning this project.
De-install the old router that’s mounted to the table
- Unscrew your current router from the table.
- Remove it from the table, check that everything comes out with it (you don’t want to make a part-hunting trip later), and put it in a safe place for future use or to sell if you wish to recoup some of your investment.
install new router base plate
- Place the new base plate into the router opening on the top of the table, ensuring it is centered properly.
- If necessary, align one of the pre-drilled holes in the base plate to match a hole in the router opening on top of your table.
- Use wood screws to secure the base plate to your table. Some brands use a combination of screws and bolts to secure their plates, so be sure to use your hardware when securing this part in place.
- Tighten these screws gently (about 1/8 turn per screw) using a large flathead screwdriver or an adjustable wrench until they are snug enough to keep the plate moving around without causing any damage.
- Tighten down each screw evenly in a star pattern until you can no longer move them with your chosen tool; then tighten them just a bit more.
insert router bit
Inserting a router bit is a simple process, but it’s important to know how to do this safely. Before you begin, make sure:
- The router is unplugged.
- You are wearing safety glasses.
- You are not distracted in any way (no phone calls or hungry children hanging around your ankles)
To insert the bit
Firstly, Hold the router with one hand on the base and the other hand on top of the collet nut.
Secondly, Press down on top of the collet nut while turning it counterclockwise using your other hand. Do not let go of either side until it is all the way off. Again, remember that you risk hurting yourself or damaging your equipment if you let go of either side.
Finally, Remove the collet nut and set it aside to avoid losing any parts (like washers). Many people store their collet nuts and washers inside a small plastic baggie stored inside their toolbox drawer for easy reference when re-installing them.
Also, note that these parts may be facing up or facing down: whichever orientation they were removed from should be duplicated for installation purposes later in this article. If this is not done correctly, you will never be able to tighten your router bit properly again!
Check out our detailed guide Which Routers Work With The Kreg Router Table?
You’ll feel awesome when you’ve successfully installed your new router on your table
You’ll feel so awesomely accomplished when you’ve successfully installed your new router on your router table. You’ll be able to tackle any woodworking project that comes your way, from making decorative shelves for the living room to building a beautiful farmhouse table for dinner parties with recipes you found on Pinterest. You may even want to build an entire kitchen set!
But first, let’s get through this step-by-step guide and see how easy it is to install a router on a Kreg Router Table.
If you run into any problems (or need some reassurance), reach out in the comments section below—we’ll do our best to help!
So there you have it! You’ve successfully installed your router on your table. Now, you can get to work making beautiful cuts, joints, and more. You deserve to pat yourself on the back for this accomplishment!
It’s a great feeling when you fix something or install something by yourself. And you’re now armed with new knowledge that will help you make all sorts of things in the future.