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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 10:42 PM

The only reason I can think of to care whether the fence slides parallel to the table is if you’ve got some sort of screw or indexed adjustment that gives you a very accurate fence-relative ability to change the fence position. I say “fence-relative” because normally what I’d do is put a spacer in between my bit and my fence.

I’m currently building (as in the white oak is planed, waiting shop time for cutting and assembly) a fence for my new router table. It will have screw-type end clamps that go over the edge of the table. My plan is, at some point, to route a slot behind the bit on the table and make an attachment for the fence that rides in that slot and lets me adjust the position of the fence. I’ll still have to unclamp the ends, I want a fence that stays really solidly where I set it, but I’ll be able to unclamp the ends and either thread-adjust the position, or step it in precise 1/16” increments.

So maybe just planning on a hybrid like that? It’s not like you need indexed moves for everything, just for things like nested dovetails that are too complex for a dovetail jig, so something you can take on and off that gives you the precision relative movements when you need it, but lets you just slide the fence when you don’t, seems like a reasonable compromise.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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