Miter Slot in a router table

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Forum topic by Kaleb the Swede posted 10-19-2015 04:53 PM 798 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kaleb the Swede

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10-19-2015 04:53 PM

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Hi there all

I was wondering what the distance should be for a miter slot in relation to the router should be.

Is there a standard distance? Or is it arbitrary as to how you use it.

My table depth is 24 inches. I have as of yet to cut in for the plate I am using so it can be whatever.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 10-19-2015 04:58 PM

AFAIK, there is no ‘standard’ distance… other than it needs to be far enough away so the edge of your miter gauge doesn’t hit the bit when sliding past it.


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#2 posted 10-19-2015 05:00 PM

Depends on dimensions/location of insert plate so get that installed first.

Mine is about 2” away.

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#3 posted 10-19-2015 05:04 PM

Your question made me curious, so I was looking around on the internet and there doesn’t seem to be any hard and fast rule for this. My recommendation would be to think about what you are most likely to use the slot for, and then decide whether closer or further is better-suited to your needs. For example, if you plan to work with a lot of small parts, closer is probably better. But if you are going to be working with cabinet doors, farther away would probably be advantageous.

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#4 posted 10-19-2015 05:56 PM

It depend on the setback of your router plate. Locate the miter slot at a distance that will work for your featherboards. Mine is a Bench Dog brand, and both the miter slot and t-track slot are right at the front of the router table. This arrangement seems to work well for me. I rarely use the slot for an actual miter gauge, but it is nice to be able to use all sorts of featherboards (some use t-tracks, and some use the miter slot).

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 06:29 PM

Thanks a lot guys. That gives me a bunch to think about. I think the placement of featherboards and the like will determine how I place it.

Thanks again

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 08:59 PM

I would put it out a few inches in front of the lift insert plate.

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 11:44 PM

Maybe enough room to use a high end miter gauge.

Great question Kaleb.

or a router sled

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