|Forum topic by xeddog||posted 03-21-2016 09:15 PM||724 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-21-2016 09:15 PM
I am rebuilding the router table fence I built for my homebuilt router table. I had to do this because I found out the hard way that the base platform for the fence had warped just a little and some frame-and-panel doors didn’t come out quite right. When dry fitting all of the pieces and clamping them together, they would not lay flat. I checked the “squareness” of the fence face to the table and it was off by . . . well . . . quite a bit. somewhere in the rage of .025”-.035”. I should have known better than to use a cheap piece of crappy plywood for the base. Lesson Learned.
So this time I am using a new piece of Baltic birch plywood for the base, with a red oak face and maple corner blocks from the old fence to keep them square to each other, and the steel rear rail from an old Delta table saw fence. But there is square and there is square. When using my engineers square to check for square, the fence is back about .002”-.003”, MUCH better than before. Now this would be a fairly easy to shim and get it “perfectly” square, but this IS a wooden fence using three different kinds of wood, so is a couple of thou really worth all the effort to eliminate, and just how long would it last anyway?
P.S. Here are some pictures of what I am working on. Both the fence and the table are still a WIP. The table needs a door on the front, a safety power switch, and dust collection. The fence just needs to be finished. Oh, I didn’t quite leave enough space between each of the drawer fronts so in very humid weather, open one drawer and you are likely to open them all. So they need some finish applied to them to help with that.