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Forum topic by TMcG posted 06-21-2011 03:55 AM 1752 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TMcG

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06-21-2011 03:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table fence

So, I bought this router table

and this fence

Problem is that the slots in the aluminum fence and the slots in the table don’t line up so I’m sorta wondering what my options are

1. Drill holes in the fence and file out the slots ?
2. Extend the fence slots some other way ?

I guess my question in general is, what is the easiest/simplest/most idiot proof way to work aluminium ?

Thanks

-- http://wood.mcgivern.org


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crank49

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 04:10 AM

Well it aint easy. Aluminum is a gummy metal. It likes to stick in saw teeth, files, etc. I’m sure there must be a preffered lubricant but I don’t know what it is right off hand. I do know it will turn a band saw blade into a band. I had to take the blade off and pick the aluminum out of each tooth with jeweler’s pliers. A real PITA.

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Steve2

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 06:21 AM

FST makes a blade for aluminum cuts perfectly clean, none of the problems mentioned. Onsrud makes router bits for aluminum. Same thing.

-- Regards, Steve2

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 07:11 AM

I’ll revel the highly technical secret to keep saw blades from gumming up with aluminum….Ready?

1/4 cup of dish soap in water with a squirt bottle. Be sure to clean the cast iron immediately.

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TMcG

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 12:42 PM

Hmm, not having any possum fat or racoon grease quite to hand, I guess it’s drill and file time !!

Thanks guys

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PineInTheAsh

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 01:21 PM

Problem is that the slots in the aluminum fence and the slots in the table don’t line up so I’m sorta wondering what my options are

1. Drill holes in the fence and file out the slots ?
2. Extend the fence slots some other way
3. Return one or both.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 02:01 PM

Return both and purchase a compatible set.

-- 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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Howie

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#7 posted 06-25-2011 02:01 AM

I’d drill new holes. No big deal.

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 06-25-2011 02:52 AM

drill holes in the aluminum fence to match the table – no biggy.

FYI, lubricant for Aluminum is WD40. better yet – clamp the aluminum part between 2 small wooden boards and drill though that – it’ll keep the holes in the aluminum nice and clean – no need to file.

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quartrsawn

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#9 posted 06-25-2011 02:56 AM

Rather than drill/file , I used a 1/2 ’” downcut spiral bit in my plunge router to make the fence slots in my table.I clamped a temporary fence to the table edge to make straight/smooth slots .My table is a sink cutout from a laminate counter top and a Rockler router fence,with a Rousseau router plate. I lock down th fence with toilet bolts in the slots and T-knobs.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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ChefHDAN

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#10 posted 06-25-2011 03:03 AM

I’d buy T track & build my own but I’m cheap that way!

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