Router table, lift and fence (Festool) Homemade Blog #2: Router table fence.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-09-2010 03:22 PM 12256 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Router table fence
A little tour through my work on this project.

This is the second part of my little project.

The next part here are to make a table fence, that can be attached to my table saw fence.

In the back you see the Festool saw fence, in front some more BOSCH aluminum profiles.

The profiles are cut to length, and I fitted some hardwood pieces to join them, and make ‘sliders’.

Setup of the aluminum part. The hole in the center are for the bit, and for shop vacuum.

The wood front are made from high quality plywood.

First I cut a hole in the front, and then routed out 9 mm of the fence thickness all the way through, with a dovetail bit, in this way I make it possible to add a zero clearance board.

Here a picture of the setup.

And from the back.

Gluing the two halfs of the fence, the top and the lover part can move sideways, so it’s possible to use bigger bits, than the current hole.
And yes, my table are a real mess, please enjoy it!

Then I cut some ‘dovetailed’ inserts for the zero clearance.
Here I used the table saw, since it was faster to tilt the blade and make two cuts.
The thought is that I can use both of the inserts ends, so there are two bits fitted for each.

Making holes for the mount.

Using the advanced version of a deep stop… Paint tape.

Time to use my threaded insert jig.
By the way this will not reach the Popular Woodworking Magazine anyway, since they wanted the right for the project to bring it, and I of course thought this was not an option (was quite surprised).

Insert set in the jig.

And now in action.

Job done.

Holes and threaded inserts aligned.

Fitting the screws.

Ready to be mounted in the gliders.

Mounting – as you can see the screws are fitted from the back through the profile, this makes it possible to glide the lower part sideways if needed.

Here the fence mounted, and I have started the vacuum mount.

I will continue this blog in the next part called the finale.

Hope it could be a inspiration to some, and just a sweet laugh to others

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

3 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 04:05 PM

I am awe struck by your skills Mads. This is great stuff. I also loved your insert jig very much. It looked like something even I could make. It looks like you can take the teacher out of the school, but not out of the man!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 06:34 PM

Yes, the other tidbit, the insert jig, is awesome as well! Forget Popular Wood Working and their greed to own your rights. Keep it here with us at LumberJocks where we love to share and help each other for the asking.

O.K. so far two great blogs on this project, and I’ve yet to see the pipe and tobacco. What’s up with that? :-)

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 07:31 PM

Mike, the insert jig is not only easy to make it’s also relly useful, so go ahead Mike. I like your philosphical thoughts.
Rick, the pipe and the tobaco are there, just look more careful… Yes I think also our inventions are safe and sound here on LJ.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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