Router Table Fence Ideas

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Blog entry by Roger posted 02-03-2012 05:10 PM 14386 reads 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing the many options on router tables and fences that are out there, I just thought I’d share a few ideas with anyone out there that may be looking to build a router table, fence, etc., without having to spend big bux for some o those high dollar choices that are out there. I am in no way slammin any of em, but, my wallet isn’t that big. There is sandpaper glued to the bottom of the fence, and also to the ledges of the clamps that hold the fence to the table. A lot of times, I just use the one clamp, and the other end that is stationary/pivoting end with the large hold down knob. This fence does have a 1/4” hardboard removable insert where the bit is at, and if I were gonna build another one in the future, I would maybe add something like a t-track in the fence for any accessories, featherboards, stop blocks, etc.. I can and do mount these things with a clamp and it seems to work very well. I glue a lil sandpaper in spots here n there so things don’t move around. Oh, and there is a 1/8” rabbit in the bottom of the fence for dust relief. Thnx fer lookin, and hope anyone out there gets some ideas to use and or improve.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 05:12 PM

I know this one black knob isn’t one o my home made ones, but it was one I had layin round the shop..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 05:17 PM

I have a scrap with a recess routered in it and a couple of ‘C’ clamps…
Nice job Roger…I’m feeling inspired to do something better.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 05:32 PM

You make it look easy! Nice work. Thanks!!!

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 05:44 PM

thnx guys. jus tryin to give some ideas. there are a load o options out there

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 06:00 PM

Nice work, Roger!

I really like the two piece clamp. Made something similar to lock in the “far” end of my rip fence.


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#6 posted 02-03-2012 06:23 PM

I like yours. I made one a few years back from a plan I found (I think it was probably a ShopNotes issue). Same concept but way more complex in execution…!!! I had to put in T slots and movable fence pieces… It was a little much for me at the time, but it works pretty well. I prefer yours because it gives the same result with less complexity.

Great job on it!

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 06:25 PM

Whats a router? ;) Oh that spinny thingie that makes you knock a hole in a perfectly good table. JK
Roger I do like your homemade knob. It looks to me as if you would get a better grip on it and have better leverage.
A nice fence is easily adjustable and made from ply that will help keep it square. Thanks for letting in on your routa fence. She is a nice one.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 06:44 PM

Simple and sturdy, will do the job fine
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 08:26 PM

Right now I’m using one of those fancy scrap boards with two clamps on my new router table. I’ve been tossing some ideas around on my new fence. I’m gonna put a t-track in it for stop blocks and feather boards. Thanks for the post Roger…..

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#10 posted 02-03-2012 11:42 PM

Nice one Roger.

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 03:22 AM

Nice fence, and I bet you will get many uses out of it. A fence can be expensive because I had to buy one for my table saw a few years ago. I actual extended my table saw and mounted my router undernieth. So, I now use the same fence for my table saw and router.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#12 posted 02-04-2012 03:49 AM

Roger, My fence is built along the same lines as your but I added small storage to the back side for pencil, ruler,eraser,collet wrench, etc. This is a really handy add on. I just used blocks of wood with holes and slots. Us poor folks have got to stick together!

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#13 posted 02-04-2012 03:55 AM

appreciate the comments folks.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 02-04-2012 04:24 AM

I like it Roger! Clean and simple and gets the job done. I like the fact that you pinned one side allowing the fence to pivot. So many people think that the fence needs to be parallel on a router…. Did you have any issues getting the face of the fence to be true and plumb? I ask, because the triangle method for me has always been a little difficult.

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#15 posted 02-04-2012 09:00 AM

I like the pivoting system and the clamp.

Great fence system

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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