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#1 posted 02-21-2011 04:13 PM

The table you said you have is real similar th Ryobi one I’m currently using. If so, the problem with the miter guage us the slot that is in the table. It is with mine anyway. Mine came with a miter guage that is so sloppy in the slot that I may as well do it freehand. I had a miter guage I had made for a project a long time ago. I wish I had photos for you, but it got dropped and broke long time ago too.
All I did though was carefully planed a piece of hardwood that was wide enough to fit snugly in the miter slot and tall enough that it would sit level with the table without sliding in the bottom chanel of the slot. I made it almost as long as the table was wide for stability. Then using a good square I glued a 2×4 to that piece at a 90 degree angle. After the glue had dried I turned all that over to add screws for more stability.
All that being said, what profile exactly are you wanting to rout? Many, many router bits are available with roller bearings on them. That’s what I use now instead of the miter slot headache. I just set my fence, clamp my backer board to the piece I’m routing, and run it across the bit. If I’m routing too thin of a piece, I can always clamp another piece of wood on top of the piece being routed so that it won’t be so thin that it’ll ride under the bearing.


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