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Router Table Fence w/ Micro-Adjustment & Dust Collection

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Blog entry by pmcustom posted 806 days ago 2019 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently decided to tackle my router table problem. I wanted to incorporate it into my mobile tablesaw workstation, which was an earlier project. I searched for DIY plans and could not find anything that seemed suitable, so I designed my own. The fence (not pictured, because it hasn’t been built yet) mounts to a box that slides within a bigger box. Wedges or ramps then adjust with a knob in order to push the inner box out. This will be the micro-adjustment. The whole assembly slides on the same fence system as the tablesaw and acts as the course adjust. As for the dust collection, it comes into a box mounted under the table where the router is mounted and collects from above (through the slot seen in the tabletop) and from below. I hope the pictures clear things up, as this is kind of hard to explain. It is definitely a work in progress, so please feel free to comment if you have questions or comments!



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ChrisK

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#1 posted 806 days ago

Question: What is going to lock the fence in place? The wedge will push in the one direction but does not seem to have a lock to hold the fence the location or a means to retract it.

Comment: I would wax the wedges to help prevent sticking. Any pressure on the wedge will cause them to stick making the first movement of the fence a little harder than after the wedges are moving.

-- Chris K

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pmcustom

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#2 posted 805 days ago

The wedges are held in place by the back, which is removed in that picture. Also, spring tension removes any slack from the mechanism and allows the fence to retract. And yes, I did wax the wedges. It actually has a pretty smooth action.

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