Router Table Re-do #1: The Fence

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Blog entry by HuckD posted 11-03-2013 12:51 AM 20254 reads 8 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Router Table Re-do series Part 2: What I've been using »

This was supposed to be part #2 but it’s #1. See #2 for the back story on my router table.

The first improvement to my router table was the fence. I have a bunch of mdf that’s been in the shop for years so that’s what I used. I know, not the best material for a project like this. But, my fence was a hodgepodge of ideas and I built it with no plans and just guessed at the measurements. IF it doesn’t hold up at least I’ll have a better idea of what I’d like next time. Here’s what it looks like:

It has a split face which will be used for zero clearance cuts and will be replaceable. A t-track was installed just above the sliding fences.

Dust collection is important to me so I’m using a 4” hose to the left end of the fence, which has a 4×4 opening all the way through it. The existing 4” hose into the box can still be used.

I plan to experiment with various methods of closing the right end for optimum dust collection at the bit. I may end up with something adjustable here that can be changed to suit the job at hand.

The fence has a micro adjustment via a 1/4×20 threaded rod on the back with a crank handle. Just loosening the knob in middle allows for the fine adjustments. Coarse adjustments are made by loosing a knob on each end of the base and sliding the whole base.

Using the fence will tell me if it’s what I was looking for. If not, I’ll just build another one. :)

Full resolution pictures may be seen at: Photobuckethttp://

Next up is the router lift. I’ve purchased John Heisz’s plans for this from

Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 06:02 PM

The fence looks great, i love the micro adjustments. i can’t imagine it not working out for you, i’d say the weakest link was the MDF. Use it for awhile and if it works well you can always make a nice hardwood one. Nice work

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 06:12 PM

very nice!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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