A New Router Table Deserves a New Fence, T-Slots and Miter Gage Tracks

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Project by Mike Robinson posted 09-04-2008 03:43 AM 8562 views 27 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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#1 posted 09-04-2008 03:58 AM

Absolutely beautiful !!!! What a fantastic router table you’ve made !!!! There’s no way you could buy this quality for $350 anywhere….Congratulations : )

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 04:08 AM

Once I become a bit more skilled, I will have to tackle that project as well. I recently rebuilt a used Craftsman – Pro table with mediocre results and decided unit from Bob’s plans would be my next table too. It’s nice to see that someone else shared my opinion of that project.

Great looking table and an excellent rendition.

Cheers back at cha…

-- JMP

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 04:12 AM

Very nice, I have put this as a favorite. I have been telling myself that I will build a table soon.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 04:25 AM


Very nicely done, a right professional looking piece of craftsmanship, the care you took during layout and execution is very evident.

I am also about to venture down the router table path altho I have elected to go the commerical fence route as reliable wood is not that easy to come by here in Thailand.

Expect to see a lot of new and exciting projects rolling off that table in the future.

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 04:56 AM

very nice indeed

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#6 posted 09-04-2008 06:45 AM

Great job!

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#7 posted 09-04-2008 10:18 AM

Very nice and strong RT that is readdy to take beatting.
The split independent fences and the carrier with built-in chip suction port make this RT a pro grade one.
What’s next ? Featherboards, coping-sled, box-joint cutting jig, miter key-slot cutting carrier….you will find more and more interesting & challenging RT jig projects awaiting ahead.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 09-04-2008 10:38 AM

Your final result far exceeds any cost due to materials, time and labor. A very top notch job indeed. Easily a deal at twice the price.

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#9 posted 09-04-2008 06:40 PM

nice job, good looking router fence and table.


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#10 posted 09-04-2008 10:53 PM


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#11 posted 09-05-2008 03:55 PM

Great job!

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#12 posted 09-05-2008 05:17 PM

Wow, this is one great lookin’ router table! Finely crafted…. great job on this!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#13 posted 09-07-2008 01:27 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#14 posted 09-07-2008 05:56 PM

Looks great. You are gonna LOVE using this!

-- Happy woodworking!

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