|Project by Mike Robinson||posted 09-04-2008 03:43 AM||5001 views||26 times favorited||14 comments|
I posted the table a few days ago, and a few of the comments I received were regarding the fence and track systems (or in this case lack thereof). I wasn’t sure at the time if I was going to get a commercial fence, or make my own. I revisited Bob's Plans online and found his plans for a router table, and the fence was exactly what I was looking for. I figured I could make it fairly easily, and I might save a few bucks to boot, as all the commercial fences I was looking at were $150.00 plus.
For the fence base I picked the straightest grained pieces of white oak I could find. It started life as 13/16th’s nominal, which I planed to 3/4”. After fabrication I finished it with 5 coats of clear lacquer. The fence faces are two pieces of 3/4 MDF, glued together to form a fence 1 1/2 inch thick, then lacquered. I installed Incra T-Track to the top and back sides for adjustment and feather board mounting. After the fence was completed it was time to cut the dados for the fence and for the miter gage slot. These I laid out and measured very carefully, as I didn’t want to muck up the top with a poorly cut dado. I used my table saw with a stacked dado set, set to 3/4, and made several passes to get the width I needed for the T-Track and the Miter gage slot. I installed these with the screws provided and everything moves freely and squarely. Phewww
The dust collection is a cobble of off the shelf hose and fittings from Woodcrafters, and a section of old Shop-Vac hose that I used because it’s much more flexible then the other stuff. I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but the first time I fired up the collector put any fears to rest. All the chips dissapeared in the fence collector, and the router well stayed clean also. It worked very well.
I can see that this will be a much used addition to my shop, and open up a whole new level of possible projects that I may have shied away from. My total expenditure for materials and hardware came to a little over $350.00 for the table and fence. Not exactly cheaper than a commercial system, but a lot more rewarding knowing that it came from my shop rather than a store.