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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 05-20-2011 04:42 PM 1004 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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05-20-2011 04:42 PM

My router table doesn’t have a miter slot.
When building cabinets, the router table was used quite extensively.
I’ve probably made over a 1000 separate cope and stick joints and other end grain profiles with a simple shop made sled.
I’ve made tens of dozens of finger jointed or box jointed drawer boxes and routed another several dozen corner spline slots, all without a miter gauge.
Now, the largest case work I do may be humidors and gun cases. The router table continues to be a very important tool, one I’d be hard pressed do without. Still haven’t found the utility of a miter slot.
What am I missing?

-- 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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devann

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 04:55 PM

I’ve found it handy for making parts like this

It’s a window lintel for a minaiture building. approx. 1 1/2”x 3/4” x 3/4”.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 05:06 PM

Whoa! That’s nice, Darrell. Neat detail for a model building. Do you make a lot of miniatures?
Getting that small, with that many passes gives me the shivers.
I’d have to add some smaller clamps to my sleds to do that. Better yet, build a dedicated sled.
Please tell me, or better yet, please show me, how you use the miter gauge to run a piece that small.

-- 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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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 05:19 PM

Gene, in my head I can think of a lot of scenarios where it would be useful to have a miter slot. But I honestly have to say I can’t remember the last time I actually used mine. I think the only thing I’ve ever used it for was to hold a featherboard.

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

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WayneC

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 05:22 PM

LOL. I was going to say use a feather board as well…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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hairyknuckler

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 05:27 PM

If you have sleds you can get by without the miter slot. My router table is an extension of the table saw so I use the built in slots but as others have stated above I don’t use them that often. Just my two cents…

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christopheralan

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#6 posted 05-20-2011 05:32 PM

For what it is worth, I never use mine. If is nice to have for the “just in case” though.

-- christopheralan

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bubinga

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#7 posted 05-20-2011 05:43 PM

This is the only thing I use the miter slot for
DELTA Sliding Shaper Jig

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 05-20-2011 06:03 PM

A slot would be handy for feather boards, for sure. As my table (Jointech) is configured, I use a bridge with two UHMW adjustable feathers.
Bubinga, That’s how my shop built sleds are configured. Except there’s no miter bar. Just the gauge/fence and they ride against the RT fence. Oh yeah, and I use permanently mounted De Stacos. I sure like the adjust-ability of the clamps on that Delta, though.

-- 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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