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Forum topic by Scarecrow posted 07-10-2010 06:39 PM 3872 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2010 06:39 PM

I have recently moved to a nicer house….and thats all fine and dandy—but the big issue is it had a nicer lower garage under the house -perfect for my little shop—(lived in a condo before that—-you know how hard that can be)—anyways back to the routers….

I’m kind wanting something that ismore practical and works smoothly—hope to build my own router table with cabinets and all—-have seen the ones on here and absolutely love them….

I’m curious what everyone thinks is the best….I have looked at Kreg, Incra, Jessem, Pinnacle….and just don’t know what to do…..I like the ease of incra system and think it would be great but that is pricey…so I guess I real question is what is everyones favorate router fence for accurate cuts and what kind of table did you use or make… any plans?

Also as a side not want to make this a dust free as possible and suggests….

Thanks for everyones input…

-- Wish I had more to say-Just love playing in Wood

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 08:09 PM

As far as a fence is concerned, a lot of pros use just a clamped piece of UHMW about 2X2 or so. Mico adjustments are done with a little hammer. There are plenty of DIY adjustable fence plans in woodworking mags and on the net, also. My saw fence is also the router fence, by design. However, did I not have this set up, I would be using the UHMW. I would never spend what is asked for a manufactured one!

IMHO, Jessem make a great lift. My PC 7518 motor fits it like it was made for it. (It was) Action is sweet, accuracy is right on and it’s built like a tank.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 08:31 PM

Greetings Scarecrow, A few years ago I built the Norm Abrams router table (from the New Yankee Workshop). I ordered the DVD and measured drawings for the table. It works really good, and the fence is dead-on accurate. It has plenty of storage for all your bits, tools, etc. If you build it like the plans, you’ll have no problems. I altered the dust collection Norm had. He used 2 1/2” d.c. on the top and bottom…. That’s way too small. I used 4” connections, and hooked it up to my dust collector. A lot of guys on LJs has built that router table in some form or fashion. Big top, good fence,good base plate, and plenty of storage makes a good router table.
If you want to see some r.t. built here on LJs, go to the top of the page, hit search, and type in “router tables”, and you’ll see all sizes and shapes…... Here’s a couple of pixs of mine if it will help.. I don’t use a router lift.. Haven’t found one I like…..

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 01:11 PM has a router lift that you can make. A lot of other toys to build there too. A bit of engineering went on there! Check it out, you will see what I mean.

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 01:51 PM

With respect to router fences, nothing is better than Freud IMO. Each side adjusts independently and each side has a micro-adjustment capability. You can buy just the fence but you may have to ask for it. They usually package their fence with a table.

I recommend building your own table and installing a Woodpecker (Pinnacle) easy lift system and the Freud fence. You’ll have excellent micro adjustment capabilities on the router height and on the fence and super fast, above the table, bit changes.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 03:14 PM

I had actually not seen the Freud fence Rich suggested, but I Googled it, and it does look like an excellent one. Amazon has it for $99.95.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Rob Bois

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 03:30 PM

I spent a lot of time doing research on this same issue myself, and found two items that pretty much solve all the router table problems I wanted to solve. In particular, quick and easy adjustment of the fence, ability to open or close the fence opening for different sized blades, dust collection behind and below the bit, easy to use router lift with above and below table adjustment, above the table bit changes, and a variable speed router. I solved all these problems by choosing the Jessem MastRFence and table, and the Triton 2 1/4 HP route. The fence is fantastic allows micro adjustments very easily. It has more t-tracks than I know what to do with, but I mainly use the front track for the blade guard, featherboard, or stop (which costs extra). Dust collection from the fence is very good. The rest of the problems I solved with the Triton. It has dust collection right from the bit housing for great chip removal. But more importantly it has the best most ergonomic lift mechanism built right into the router. For under the table use, you just remove one spring from the adjuster and mount to a standard router plate. You can raise and lower in big increments with a handle on the right (especially useful for bringing the collet all the way up for bit changes quickly) and micro adjust either below or above the table. You do have to get used to a safety feature that forces you to turn the router power off before the collet will raise all the way above the table, but when you do the collet automatically locks for easy one handed bit changes. While neither the fence or router are the cheapest options, the combination is the best I’ve seen and is cheaper than the other router, lift, and fence combo’s I’ve seen out there.

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 04:42 PM

I have the Woodpecker lift that Rich suggested with a PC 7518 in my router table and I like it.
It work great and has excellent dust control and is mobile.

-- Mike

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