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Project by Mike Gager posted 1251 days ago 1995 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is the router table fence i built recently. i was using a 2×4 clamped to the top but that left a lot to be desired especially in the dust control area. i made the fence out of mdf with a maple face. i added some t track to the maple with bolts that go through to some home made knobs so i can adjust the width of the opening.

the fence is a pivot style where one side is stationary and the other pivots. what i did is installed some threaded inserts into the table and use some bolts with home made knobs (gotta love them!) to adjust the fence i just loosen the knobs and slide one side however far i need. if i need more space i just move the fence to the next set of holes. it works really well. for the dust collection i decided to go with a full 4” pipe istead of necking down to 2 1/2 like most router tables do and im glad i did, it really sucks up the dust!

anyways hope you guys like it





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Richard

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#1 posted 1251 days ago

Mike, it looks good. how did you cut the slot for the pivot, is it a straight cut or is it curved ?

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tyka

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#2 posted 1251 days ago

Very good desgn. The 4” hose and the home-made knobs are great. It’s in my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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Mike Gager

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#3 posted 1251 days ago

richard, yes the slot is curved. i used a router and a home made circle cutting jig to cut the slot.

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Richard

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#4 posted 1251 days ago

Thanks Mike, I was pretty sure it was curved since a straight slot would most likely jam up. Did you use a one time jig to cut the curve or a full time adjustable jig? I want to make a circle jig but I have seen so many that are just to complicated or setup for just one cut. I know that there was one on NYWS that Norm did that I liked but I have to find that episode in my files to remember how he did it. I think I like the pivioting fence better than the full sliding type with a track on both sides.
I really like this design so I am going to ask a few dumb questions. What is the hieght and depth and how wide are the front sliding pieces? Also what size bit did you use to cut the slots for the T Tracks or did you do them in 2 cuts?
Thanks for your time.

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Mike Gager

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#5 posted 1251 days ago

it was a one time thing, i just took a piece of 1/4” plywood and drilled a hole in one end and stuck a bolt through it and into the fence pivot point. the other end i attached to my trim router with some double stick tape. the distance between the pivot point and the router bit, the radius of the curve, is about 22”

the fence is 24” wide, the front maple pieces are about 6” high, both are 12” wide 3/4” thick. the T track i used is 3/4” so i just used a 3/4” bit

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Richard

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#6 posted 1251 days ago

Thanks I will be doing something very close as soon as I get my table top done. Been looking for something workable and fairly simple for awhile. To me the KISS system is just about he best.

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Mike Gager

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#7 posted 1250 days ago

yes KISS is the best in my opinion as well. before i added the maple i used this same fence for awhile with just a straight piece of mdf with a small hole for the bit as the face. it worked great except the dust collection wasnt that good.

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woody57

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#8 posted 1250 days ago

great fence
thanks for sharing

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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