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Forum topic by niki posted 04-19-2007 01:11 PM 4384 views 4 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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niki

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04-19-2007 01:11 PM

Good day

For some reason the “Split fence” method on the router table never worked for me.

So, I went to the more “Idiot proof” method of jointing with hand held router and straight edge.

But, I got tired of measuring distances, so I made “Locators” to help me to position and clamp the straight edge in seconds. The locators are good only for the bit dia that they were made with, I used 3/8” dia bit.

Because of the straight edge, this method will work only with board that are wider by at list 1” or so than the “bit-to-base edge” distance (on my router it’s 2-3/16”).

The example is on Melamine boards for clarity but on the last pics, I have a real one and sorry, 600 mm is 24”.

regards
niki

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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 04-19-2007 04:22 PM

Very Smart ….

I tried the split fence too. My understanding is that the work piece can’t be too long. A tiny router table won’t provide adequate support for a long board. That is why joiners have long outfeed tables. I think that it is something like… You can joint about twice the length of your table.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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woodspar

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#2 posted 04-19-2007 07:45 PM

Niki, Thank you. John Thank you. I do not have a jointer but I do have a router. I have long 47” (119.4 cm) stiles that I need to joint. I was considering the split fence router table method. You may have saved me some hours of frustration. Thanks for all of the detail.

-- John

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niki

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#3 posted 04-19-2007 09:37 PM

Thank you

Gizmodyne
Probably there are many variables that can effect the straightness of the glue line on router table.
With this method, the router must follow the straight edge and I had 100% success each time.

Woodspar
I also don’t have a jointer and used this method for 55” (140 cm) door frame boards.
Lately, I developed a new set-up that I can joint also on the router table and it works perfect….coming soon…

niki

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Karson

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#4 posted 04-19-2007 09:56 PM

I have the Jointability and its similiar to what you are doing.

It works great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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