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06-08-2010 01:29 AM

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After spending hours playing around trying to make just two sliding dovetails I decided to make a new fence for my router table. have any of our gang made a good one with a micro adjustable fence.

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 01:58 AM

Look through this guy’s ideas

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 02:06 AM

You said “make” but if you want to buy the best fence available, with respect to micro adjustments, it is Freud. It has excellent micro adjustment capabilities and you adjust each side of the fence independently.

It’s not a perfect fence in all regards. For example, the fence is not tall enough IMO. However, you can make modifications to compensate for the minor problems.

The micro adjustment mechanism is superb.

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 02:28 AM

Thanks Bob and Rich .
It has to be make for a nuber of reasons

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 02:41 AM

OK, a1Jim-

1. How long is your fence, and how does it adjust now? I have a cheezoid fence on my Skil router table that I’d like to upgrade, and I make little boxes that have problems if the fence ain’t right.

2. Is your fence made in two pieces, one on either side of the bit, or one piece, with a relief cut for the bit?

3. Does it have screws to do the adjusting, or do you have to loosen the hold-down screws and hit it to adjust it?

4. How soon do you need a solution? (should be question 1, but, hey, this is when I thought of it)

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 02:42 AM

try here:

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 02:44 AM

Jim, the one Lew posted I’ve been looking at as well and looks really nice. It’s from October 2000 issue #144. I didn’t realize it was accessible from there online site so I purchased a copy of the mag from from FWW’s store.

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 02:46 AM

Jim, I believe I have a set of plans for one that uses threaded rod for micro adjustments. Were there any other requirements other then micro adjustment? such as height, dust control, track or clamping? I have my references sorted by this also? I guess this comes from taking to much business in college…

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#8 posted 06-08-2010 02:52 AM

I don’t think any factory made router fence is going to work on my shop made router table .The idea was for me to make a new fence I have other specifacations I need besides the micro adjustment,
To answer you questions . my router table is 40” long. the fence has a solid base with two front pieces that open for the router bit. I’m not in a hurry.
thanks for your help

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#9 posted 06-08-2010 03:02 AM

Thanks Lew Eric and Reggie I’ll take a look at the FFW one
The main thing I want is the micro adjustment, dust collection and height of fence I think I have handled.

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 03:07 AM

Thanks Skarp I’ll keep that in mind that’s kind of what I was thinking about.

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#11 posted 06-08-2010 03:11 AM

I would second the one Lew suggested. You can check out Pat Warner’s site for an updated version that he sells.

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#12 posted 06-08-2010 03:20 AM

Jim- Sorry, I didn’t see Skarp had already given you this idea!
Have you considered a pivoting fence, anchored at one corner and held fast by a star knob through a slot at the base of the fence on the other?
Maybe you can make use of this:
One universal way to set up a home-made micro-adjuster on any jig is to use a common #10-32 machine screw against a stop to move something forward. This idea was in Popular Woodworking June 2001 by Nick Engler, on a finger joint jig: “Because the machine screw has 32 threads per inch, one turn will move it precisely 1/32”, one-half turn moves it 1/64” and one quarter turn moves it 1/128”. When the flat head is resting against the face, the face will move a precise amount. No guesswork!”


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#13 posted 06-08-2010 03:24 AM

Sounds good Barbs
That’s the one woodworking magizine I stoped taking some time ago. But It seems I’ve seen that design somewhere. Is this a design you use?

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#14 posted 06-08-2010 03:25 AM

I was about to suggest the pivoting one but Barbs beat me to it. Two advantages 1) It seems simpler to build 2) for whichever screw you decide to use for the adjustment, you get TWICE the precision since the arm of the movement is twice the distance from the pivot as is the router bit. I can get the link to it for you tomorrow. I don’t have it built, but plan on it for my router table. I may add micro adjust now. I’ll want to look at the link above first.

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#15 posted 06-08-2010 03:38 AM

Thanks Rance I would appreciate that.

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