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01-24-2011 10:13 PM

I was going to give building this table a shot. http://www.finewoodworking.com/Workshop/WorkshopArticle.aspx?id=28007

It seems to be perfect for my shop as I don’t have the space to have a router table permanently taking up a large footprint on the shop floor. I don’t get the fixed pivot point however. Why would he have a fixed point for the fence? What is the point of the pivot if all you do is line it up straight for each cut? Why doesn’t it have a groove and bolt to move the fence back and forward for different cuts?

Am I nuts?

-- Wood is good.


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#1 posted 01-24-2011 10:16 PM

Go to www.routerforums.com and look at the many router tables there. Just search for “tables” or do a search for “free router table plans” on the ‘Net. You will get more than you could look at in a day.

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 10:24 PM

Because routing is a “point” operation. There doesn’t need to be any parallel between fence and cutter like there does on a saw. All you need is the right amount of bit protruding from the fence. There’s also the advantage that pivoting from one end means the fence moves only half as much at the bit as you move it at the free end, so it’s easy to make small adjustments.

This system wouldn’t work with a miter slot/gauge, but you can use a coping sled instead.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 10:34 PM

Although I just saw this sale! http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21521

Tempting.

-- Wood is good.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 10:48 PM

Looks like the lift itself if $199. That looks like a great deal, for the table and supports for $299. Am I missing something?

The plate, template, Bosch lift (for my 1617) and materials might run $200 to build it myself. Maybe this is the better option. The only downside being the self built table can be larger, but an out feed could always be rigged with this router table from Rockler.

-- Wood is good.

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 10:54 PM

JJ,

I am confused though. You can’t cut a rabbet in a wide piece of wood with a fixed point, say for shelves. The point will always be the same distance from the cutter.I guess I was wondering if you cut a groove in his design for moving the fence back and forth, it would be a more complete table, unless you are making the same project over and over.

-- Wood is good.

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 11:34 PM

Here’s a picture of a pivoting fence.

1. Fence at centerline of bit
2. Fence pivoted away from bit. Wider cut.
3. Fence pivoted toward bit. Most of bit hidden. Narrow cut.

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 11:38 PM

As I often mutter to myself when someone remains stopped at a green light, “Should I draw you a picture.”
Yes, I understand now. Thanks so much for the picture, it makes sense.

-- Wood is good.

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