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Forum topic by cutworm posted 09-21-2012 10:59 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2012 10:59 PM

Sometimes I see a fixture that’s so simple it impresses me. Sometimes we get caught up in the next newest “got to have” gizmo. I love simple and effective tools. Here is a good example from a recent Woodsmith tip.
I would like to see more of these ideas floating around.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 11:02 PM

The K.I.S.S. method. Keep It Simple Stupid!!!

I saw the same “tip” yesterday and liked the simplicity.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 11:26 PM

If my wife knew that I could do everything I need with JUST that “fence,” well…that’d take all the fun out of it for me!

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 09:42 AM

Interesting. I have just done something similar on a very simple router table except that to make the notch for the router bit, I simply turned on the router with a straight cutter and wiggled the fence from the back to the front of the table. That gave me a notch that is just a little wider than my bit. It works great.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 06:17 PM

Simple is awesome. Often I have to do stuff like this simply because I don’t have all the neat gadgets, just have to make due with what I have in the shop. This is a great tip I’ll have to remember.

-- Jason

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#5 posted 09-22-2012 07:42 PM

Lots of time when I see a good tip, technique, jig, etc I print it to a pdf file and save it to a folder in my pc. I’m getting quite a collection. I have gotten a lot of good ideas from LJ’s, Woodsmith, Wood Magazine, and WWGOA to name a few. Had a guy put me on a $40 spray gun that works like the expensive ones. Great stuff here.
I’ve got less in my shop than some have in a tablesaw. It’s not the best but neither am I….

You can glue a piece of formica to the outfeed section of that fence and use your router with a straight bit as an edge jointer. I tried it and it works but takes a little practice. You have to keep the board tight against the outfeed fence as it goes through the router.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#6 posted 09-22-2012 08:38 PM

This sort of thing is one reason I’ve never bought any kind
of fence for a router table. I did make one out of MDF some
years ago however and still use it. It has sliding faces and
a dust port on the back. Sometimes I just make a single
piece sliding face and cut a hole for the bit in order to take
advantage of the dust collection. I also put a t-track on the
top to mount hold-downs on. There’s an old article by
Gray Rogowski about a bargain router table build and that’s
where I found the fence design.

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