New Router Fence, Mahogany Veneer

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 01-20-2015 03:37 PM 1624 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I upgraded my table saw last winter, I lost my extension wing router table. It was a handy piece, but had a tiny plastic fence. I replaced it with my Dad’s shop built router table but it didn’t have a proper fence. He just clamped a straight board with a notch cut in it for a fence.

This fence was inspired by a few I’ve seen online in random google searches but makes use of what I had lying around the shop. The lumber is some really nice mahogany veneered poplar that was given to me long long ago. I think it was leftover from an old furniture project. It finishes up beautifully. I sprayed it with enamel everywhere except the fence faces which I generously coated with paste wax.

I like the little curved side pieces and can say that my pieces will now have many more curves since the introduction of the band saw. The little cubby spots in the back are handy and made use of the rest of the cutoff pieces. When I was done, there was only one strip about 8” long and 1/4” thick and two little 3/4”x3/4 cubes which I might pull back out of the scrap bin just to do something clever and say that I used everything except the sawdust.

The fourth picture shows some strips of tape that I had to use to perfectly level the face pieces. It’s now perfectly flat across the front, and you can see that the removable center piece is about 1/16” thinner stock so there’s nothing to snag. If it doesn’t stay flat, I might make another face out of one long piece for use most of the time.

Next project on this table is to enclose the base and install a removable plate. Right now, changing the bit involves dropping the motor out of the bottom. There is a top hole for raising and lowering the Bosch with it’s allen key

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 03:42 PM

That fence looks good and very practical as well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 06:13 PM

Mighty fine work there!

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 01:16 PM

I like the insert at the bit.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 03:45 PM

Thanks all. The insert at the bit does work pretty slick. I made a second insert without the plexiglass shield for taller workpieces. I Thought I might need to add some under table dust collection too, but the suction at the fence is incredible. I made sure to bevel all the edges in the throat to cut down on turbulence and get direct flow. It also keeps the throat plate pulled tight to the back fence.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 03:05 PM

Beautiful job on this.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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