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Forum topic by WOODIE1 posted 06-23-2012 04:49 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2012 04:49 AM

Ok I hope I am not asking too many questions. After some of the answers to my tongue and groove needing a table I have been looking at tables and fences nonstop for days.

The aftermarket Co’ all offer fences with so many adjustments they just loose me. Then the masters such as have pics of the most simple designs out of basic materials.

2 questions:

Looking at Pat Warner’s site and some others they simply cut a hole in a table using their largest bit as a guide although most limit to under say 2”. They use no type of insert or bushing to fit closer to the bit. Most portable tables use the same one size hole design. How important is it? or what is the benefit of having or not having a sized to the bit insert?

2nd is the fence itself. Some designs again do not use a split fence but just a say 2” opening to match the largest bit. Does this really effect tear out?

After seeing the fences at Rockler tonight I am going to just make my own.

Thanks and the temptation to just buy a portable unit and get cutting is killing me but I want to do it once and then proceed.

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 05:32 AM

I have started making a router table but all I have so far is a piece of melamine cut to 20×30 (or thereabouts, I forgot). I mounted a Rockler router plate for my Bosch 1617EVSPK fixed base.

I have been doing other things so when I need it, I set up my B&D Workmate and straddle the table/router over it and clamp it so it doesn’t walk around while I am using it.

I have a couple of pieces cut for the fence, but …I just clamp it to the table. Works good enough for now.

Hope to get back to building the rest when I get a round tuit! :-)

EDIT: The benefit of the insert is I can adjust the router bit height through the plate (after drilling a hole). The allen wrench fits into the height adjustment so I don;t have to get under the table except to loosen/tighten the lock.

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 01:44 AM

I made inserts for my shop made table as I didn’t like having a big gap around my bits and was afraid my pieces would hang up on the edges or worse, fall into the gap. My fence is one piece and works well until I need to guide a thin piece past the hole in the fence. I solved this by using a secondary fence of formica to cover the entire fence when routing these thin pieces. I use RE magnets to hold my inserts in place (got that tip on LJ of course).

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