Workshop #7: Router Table Fence and Miter slot - all that dust!

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Blog entry by rweitz posted 03-15-2010 03:41 AM 2194 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: flat, round, and mounted... router in place Part 7 of Workshop series Part 8: long time no see »

Well, I put a slot in the router table for the miter gauge and my garage got a nice dusting of MDF. Never again – this baby is gonna have some dust control!! I read some on LJ about how people liked to finish their MDF and put some finish oil on this table top just to keep the moisture out. Left it to dry for a couple of days and still wanted a better finish so wiped on some Ebony Polyshade.

Oil Finish:

Then I put the miter slot from Rocker in rounded off the corners and built a barebones router fence that will mount to my table saw fence. Here is the Ebony poly finsh and the fence and slot all in place:


If you wonder why the fence is not as wide as the table? the answer is that I’m using scraps for everything here so I can keep the costs to a minimum. I want to rebuild this someday and remove the stamped steel extensions and replace them with a full table. The fence has glides on the bottom to let it ride smoothly over the table that I routed a notch for them to keep the fence close to the table but not quite on it. I like how this worked but had to make sure the glides didn’t stick out past the face of the fence.


Here is the back view with the dust port. Used the router again to make the hold downs on the dust port:


Next is working on the under port. I taped it in place to see if it worked when I routed some dados and it picked up most of the dust. I’ll have to come up with some kind of flexible mount here so I can move it when I need to adjust the router up or down, or to change the bits.


-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 02:43 PM

Good job. I have a love/hate relationship with mdf. Good stuff, but the dust it generates is out of control.

Looks like a nice setup,

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 07:35 AM

Thanks, I’m really enjoying making dados and such with my new tools. In the past this kind of joinery always was beyond my reach, but now I love how strong and simple things can be with just some glue and wood. I know I’m not gonna win any awards here, but it’s nice to have that “proud ” moment when it all comes together.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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