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Is this the Ultimate Router Table? Fence

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Project by sillac posted 05-31-2012 04:11 AM 5118 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finely got the fence done. It is made out of plywood with MDF face that can be easily replaced when it wears out. The next one might be oak.

As you can see in photo 1, I am using clamps the secure the fence to the table. I am thinking of either putting slots with T-track in the table or slots in the fence for adjustments, haven’t made up my mind on that yet. But the clamps are simple and they work. Any ideas?

Photos 2 and 3 show the face, the two bottom parts of the face can slid apart and the insert with the cut out can be replaced. This seems to work really well.

Photo 4 is looking down, you can see through the plastic and see the vacuum hole in the top for dust collection. Also there are two open boxes for tools or other assesories, these can also be seen in photo 5. Some may ask why I built the back of the fence like I did. It was to add strength to the fence as the bottom is almost cut all the way through and the front if cut about half way through, and this helps link the right and left sides together. Also if you look close you can see a T-nut in the front of the box that a bolt goes into from the front of the face for adjustments of the lower part of the face.

Thanks for looking and any comments.

-- Steve in Oregon,





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robherc

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 06:17 AM

I love the nice, BIG router table…gives me some inspiration!
As far as your fence goes, I’ll be interested to see how it fares over time & stress…I’ve been thinking about putting a trellis-back on my wood fences (similar to the ones used under a lot of DIY CNC router tables) to add some nice stiffness to them…but then again, I have a bad habit of using cheap/flexible plywood for facings, so the extra support may not be needed in your case ;)

Overall, it looks fantastic, and I love your use of the fastener recesses…gives a nice, “professional” look to the “working end” of things.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 09:23 AM

Great work, should serve you well. I would put trascks in for the fence so more more user freindly. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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rmac

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 01:45 PM

Looks real nice. I use clamps like you’re doing and have never really felt the need for T-tracks in the table itself.

What holds the insert in place?

—Russ

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 02:01 PM

This is really looking good and it’s nicely done. I wish I had a big enough shop for a router table that large.

helluvawreck
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glue4you

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 06:09 PM

Your well-made fence reminds me that I should make a new one for my router table to replace the crappy original unit. As for the clamping mechanism: Check out Steve’s solution here

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 06:51 PM

Looks real good, great job. I would be a clamp man myself, hate spending time to make something, to help me make furniture.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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sillac

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 08:30 PM

hey thanks for the comments.

Alex, I looked a how Steve’s solution. I was thinking about something like this, however the table is already 4 feet wide and I didn’t want something sticking out on the ends that couldn’t easily be removed.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 08:37 PM

Good job looks very sturdy and well made.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 09:39 PM

Looks good!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Gshepherd

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#10 posted 05-31-2012 10:36 PM

Now that is a nice router table setup…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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grandpasworkshop

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#11 posted 06-01-2012 12:58 AM

Nice fence and I m also prayng

-- Grandpaj

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