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TMcG

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1166 days ago

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 1166 days ago

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.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Steve2

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#2 posted 1166 days ago

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

2495 posts in 1741 days


#3 posted 1166 days ago

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 1162 days ago

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

401 posts in 1902 days


#5 posted 1162 days ago

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

5557 posts in 2062 days


#6 posted 1162 days ago

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 1162 days ago

I’d drill new holes. No big deal.

-- Life is good.

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 1162 days ago

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.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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quartrsawn

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#9 posted 1162 days ago

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 1162 days ago

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

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