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Rousseau 3509 9-Inch x 12-Inch x 3/8-Inch Deluxe Router Base Plate

4.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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  • 1/4-by-1/2-inch lip
  • Rings snap out to accommodate larger router bits
  • Snuggers remove excess play
  • Shoulder pin can be used to start freehand work
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Product Description

Product Description

Able to accommodate the heaviest routers, this thermoset 3/8-inch base plate measures 9 by 12 inches with a 1/4-by-1/2-inch lip, and allows mounting in 3/4-inch tops. Two rings snap out to accommodate larger router bits up to 3-3/4 inches with opening sizes of 1-1/4 (designed to fit template guides), 2-5/8, and 3-7/8 inches. The shoulder pin can be used in any of five locations for ease in starting freehand work. Also included are four corner Snuggers to remove excess play if the opening doesn't exactly match the base plate and to securely mount the plate to the top. The base plate is molded with a slight crown to ensure the center is the highest point.

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Able to accommodate the heaviest routers, this thermoset 3/8-inch base plate measures 9 by 12-inches with a 1/4-by-1/2-inch lip, and allows mounting in 3/4-inch tops. Two rings snap out to accommodate larger router bits up to 3-3/4-inches with opening sizes of 1-1/4 (designed to fit template guides), 2-5/8, and 3-7/8-inches. The shoulder pin can be used in any of five locations for ease in starting freehand work. Also included are four corner Snuggers to remove excess play if the opening doesn't exactly match the base plate and to securely mount the plate to the top. The base plate is molded with a slight crown to ensure the center is the highest point.

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Technical Details

Part Number 3509
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 12 x 9 x 1 inches
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Item model number 3509
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B00002242B
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4.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #24,438 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#11 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Router Parts & Accessories > Tables
Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available November 8, 1999

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I looked into a lot of router base plates. This one by far gives you the most bang for the buck. Their are cheaper ones out there, and other ones that are much more expensive. The cheapest I found was at Sears, a flat smaller metal plate with a 2 1/2" hole in the middle. Drill your own, won't accommodate a freehand guide pin, or accept 3 1/2" bits, but a great price for a solid metal plate. Then you get into the plates that cost three times as much as the Rousseau, and they are flat, and come with insert rings, and a freehand guide pin as well. Then there is everything in between. Now on to the Rousseau.

The advantage to the Rousseau plate is that it accepts even the larger and more popular 3 1/2" raised panel bit for kitchen cabinets etc. It also has two concentric rings that lessen the size of the opening for smaller work, and the smallest one is the standard in the industry: the porter cable template guide. It is ridged out in the center to accommodate the pc guides.
I must say, much is to do, about the difficulty of removing the Rousseau center rings. They are easy to remove, if you know the secret. All you have to do is take a new pencil, unsharpened, place the rubber end on the ring or rings, and give it an ever so slight tap with a small hammer. They pop right out. Additionally, when seating them, you want to use a rubber mallet to push them snugly into place. They fit perfectly that way, and it is effortless to remove them. You can press against those rings with your thumb, until you are blue in the face, they won't come out. A gentle tap, and they pop. Ever see the commercial with the guy fighting to get the lid off of the jar, and the wife comes over, gives it a light tap, and pry's it right off. This is the same thing, albeit a slightly different principle.
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I wanted to add to my other review. I must admit, the installation tip that I am about to discuss, I discovered by from installing the Bench Dog RT-250 router extension table. It is the way Bench Dog does their installation. The great idea is to use melamine screws, which have flat ends, and coarse threads to make an adjustable platform for the Rousseau plate to sit on. Ok, let me ramble.
The problem is trying to rout out the opening, at precisely the proper depth, so the plate is perfectly flush with the top. A little too deep and you have a valley. A little proud, and you have a ridge to run into, and run the risk of your workpiece coming to a halt. So what to do? Rout out a 1/16" or 1/8" deeper than is necessary. Then drill holes a little smaller than the melamine screw size all around the outside lip. Since melamine screws are not tapered, the threads are the same size for the full length of the shaft. You can look up melamine screws here at Amazon with a search. They refer you to McFeeleys, which is a great business, with instant service, and a full array of screws and fasteners. Much more variety than the usual home centers. They have a box of 50 available. Ok so what is the big deal about using the melamine screws? This is it, by using the screws with the flat tips, screwed in from underneath, all around the circumference, you wind up with a fine adjust system for getting the Rousseau plate, perfectly level with the table top. Combining that with the four countersunk holes in each of the corners for securing the top, you get an incredibly adjustable platform for the Rousseau top. I used 14 melamine screws, equally balanced around the circumference. It enabled me to fine adjust the plate so well, that I was able to completely eliminate the ever so slight crown in the plate.
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By A Customer on November 19, 1999
I've owned and used this product for over a year. The installation instructions I received when I bought the router base plate could have been a lot better. The removable rings are very hard to remove and replace, as is the safety post. The product would be well served if it had a way to accurately drill the mounting holes. Being off just a little could result in being unable to properly attach the router to the base. HOWEVER, once you get past all the above negatives you'll find the base plate to be a solid piece of material that should be able to support some of the largest routers.
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I was a little disappointed that the center rings are not flat to the insert top. There is a slight dip on the grey center insert ring. The top has a slight bow, which seems to disappear when using a heavy router. When using the insert to make half blind dove tails with an Incra Ultra fence, I had a very difficult time running small(3" height) box sides across the router bit and keeping a consistant cut height. The dip in the center ring meant I had to do a balancing act to keep the blade from digging in on one corner.
For general routing work, the insert is perfect. For more exact work, I'll continue to use a phenolic flat insert with a small diameter hole.
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By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Not a lot to say about this product. It is made of very solid material and is very easy to install. Getting the router centered on the plate is the hardest part of the install and this was made easy by the circle marks on the bottom of the plate. All you have to do is find the set of circles that is the same size as your router base and clamp or tape it down.
I would have given this product a 5, but the center rings are a little difficult to remove. I like to use the plate just as much out of the table as in so i am ordering another to install on my second router.
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