Universal/Generic, ROUTER BASE---YOU DRILL MOUNTING HOLES / SLOTS.---------------No extra charge when sold with new system.
We are now offering a universal router base for use with the schmitt32. YOU drill the mounting holes or slots to fit Your brand and model of plunge router. The base is exactly like the three pre-drilled and slotted bases we offer, except that it will not have the holes and slots needed to mount it to your router.
LOCATING AND DRILLING THESE HOLES IS QUITE EASY. YOU CAN ADJUST FOR SMALL ERRORS IN LOCATION BY USING THE END STOP SCREWS AND BY ELONGATION OF THE ROUTER BASE HOLES.
For your router to work with our generic base, it needs to have a flat front no more than about 2-1/4 inches in front of the bit center.
We provide a printed card template that may help you locate the needed holes for mounting to your router. Most routers, after removing the plastic shoe, have a cast metal base with a number of threaded holes in the bottom. These usually are tapped for M4-.7, M5-.8, or M6-1 screws. You may be able to use the same screws that held the plastic shoe, or obtain the needed screws in the metric fastener section of your local hardware seller. I keep some screws in stock and may be able to supply the correct screws at no charge if you can give me the specs.
1: With the router upside down, choose the holes you want to use for mounting the base. 2: Push and lock the machine base down so that the 5mm drill bit protrudes about 1/4 inch. 3: Slide the paper template down over the bit and align the paper with the FRONT of the router by viewing from the bottom. 4: Hold the paper firmly in place while marking the hole positions on the card template by rubbing with a lead pencil as shown in photos. SEE NOTE. 5: Place the paper template, with the router base drawing up. on the table and carefully set the generic aluminum and plastic base on the paper so it exactly aligns with the drawing. 6: Secure the paper to the metal and plastic base with pinch clamps, clothes pins, etc. 7: Turn this over, so the rubbed image of the holes is visible, and set it flat on a 2x4 block etc. so you can center punch each hole gently into the plastic.
NOTE: You may want to verify these hole locations by making a dummy base from heavy card stock or other expendable material.
Now drill holes through both the black plastic shoe and the metal. Remove the plastic shoe and enlarge the holes in it to allow movement of the screw heads while setting the 37mm front edge distance. Reattach the plastic to the metal base and mount the whole thing to the router. See set up instructions that came with the system.
You now can test to see if you can set the 37mm distance from first column of holes to front edge of panel. You may need to elongate the holes with a small round file, available at craft or hobby stores, or you may be able to use a ROTO ZIP type tool to do this work.