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A Poor Man's Router Fence Positioning Jig

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Blog entry by stefang posted 1639 days ago 2039 reads 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite a few years ago I made a fence positioning jig from a design by Nick Engler. It was nice and worked fine, but when I built a new router table I also built a split fence so I would have the option of moving the outfeed side of the fence outwards to fully support the workpiece through the entire cut when jointing.

I just occurred to me that I could use the positioning jig together with my split fence as shown below. One full turn of the handle on the positioner and the fence moves 1mm or slightly over 1/32”. The postitioner isn’t attached to my split fence, so I just shove it against the positioner fence when adjusting backwards. here is a photo of it. Just click on the image to zoom in, set-up.

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Here is a couple of small pieces I jointed with it. The smaller one on top is about 12” long.

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The next pic shows a piece being jointed. First I run the workpiece through to about 10” onto the outfeed fence, then I stop and clamp the piece firmly against the infeed fence. Notice the little gap between the workpiece and the outfeed fence.

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Now I adjust the outfeed fence forward until it is firmly against the already jointed part of the workpiece. Now I am set to joint as many pieces as I want with full support of the cut on both infeed and outfeed sides of the fence.

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-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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degoose

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#1 posted 1639 days ago

Very cool idea..

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stefang

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#2 posted 1639 days ago

Hi Larry. I’m bored and in the house again after my wife’s knee surgery, so I got this idea just today so ran out to the shop and tried it out and took photos to entertain myself. I’m sorry I haven’t given your website a good visit yet. I’ve been running my legs off just to keep up with housework, shopping and preparing meals and last but not least clearing snow out of the driveway. Now I’m almost off to bed. Take care mate.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1639 days ago

Wow Mike this is totally cool thanks allot this post is going straight to favorites . Unless you want to lend me yours for five or ten years :-)).

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kerflesss

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#4 posted 1639 days ago

Neat Mike! Will have to make use of your idea if you don’t mind. Thanks for sharing…

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grizzman

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#5 posted 1639 days ago

mike , that is some kind of jig…very cool…sorry the wife had to have surgery…and its great that your helping so much..what are husbands for though ..right….dont get to bored..we dont want anything really weird happening in your shop…maybe just a new jig will be created..lol…very good job on this jig..thanks…grizzzman

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1639 days ago

Looks like a great jig. Hope the wife is back in action soon ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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blockhead

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#7 posted 1638 days ago

That is an impressive jig Mike! Well done and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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stefang

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#8 posted 1638 days ago

Thanks guys. Now I have to figure out a way to quickly attach and detach the positioner to/from my split fence. I can use it the way it is, but I’m afraid when I adjust backwards I will forget to shove the split fence against the positioner fence.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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patron

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#9 posted 1638 days ago

nice work mike ,
what are the cleats for ,
on the board behind the split fence ? hope the wife is getting better ,

i had 8” of snow ,
over a two day period ,
but yesterday the roof was dripping water ,
the sun was out ,
and it was snowing !
i never heard of it ,
but i’m guessing ,

indian winter .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Roz

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#10 posted 1638 days ago

Hi Mike, That is a great Jig and a very good posting. I immediately put it to my favorites. Now I have to build one. This is exactly the sort of stuff I cruise this site most for, Jigs and Tip from LJ’s who have found a better and more accurate way to get the job done. I had much rather build a sled or jig than buy one. Thanks again for a great post.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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stefang

12875 posts in 1961 days


#11 posted 1638 days ago

Glad you like it.

David The cleats are adjusters for how far the fence can adjusted out from it’s base. Both sides can be moved, but actually only the outfeed fence has to be as when jointing like I did in the pics. And thanks for you question about the wife. She is getting better quick, but if I were her I would just sit back and relax with all the good help around. Up to now she has been mainly doing the brain work, but I see the dynamo heating up.

Since you are having all that sunshine I took a pic of my BBQ this morning. How about about some grilled steaks?

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Or maybe we could just sit on the terrace and have a drink?

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-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Kent Shepherd

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#12 posted 1638 days ago

Looks great Mike. You did a good job on the design and build

Thanks for sharing

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webwood

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#13 posted 1638 days ago

i’ve been contemplating this type of setup for my tablesaw – thanks mike

-- -erik & christy-

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Abbott

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#14 posted 1638 days ago

That looks like a heck of a good idea.

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OutPutter

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#15 posted 1638 days ago

Hi stefang, that’s one fine jig. Just one question about the pictures. When I post my 640×480 pictures, they are much larger. I have to click yours to zoom in. Do you know why that is?

-- Jim

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