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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 09-11-2013 at 11:53 AM 598 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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09-11-2013 at 11:53 AM

I have a Jointech router table and fence. I need a few fence inserts milled as Jointech is out of business.
Please PM if interested.
Thanks, guys.

-- 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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#1 posted 09-11-2013 at 12:24 PM

Hi Gene. What material is the table made out of? Aluminum? Are you looking to just put 1/4×3/4 or 1” slots in it or T- slots. Also how big is the table and how long would the slots have to run?

If it is aluminum, you can put them in with a carbide tipped router bit. I cut the sides of my Ryobi table saw with my router to make it true to the blade so I could mount a sled over it instead of in a slot because it has none.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 at 12:37 PM

Jim,
I’m looking for fence inserts. My fence faces slide apart and an insert is placed between the two fence faces.
The original fence inserts I need machined are plastic. But hard wood would be fine.
Essentially, they are a flat piece about 1/2” thick, 3” long and about 2” high. The tricky part is dowel like projections at each end that fit into the adjustable fence. They have to be exactly placed so that when they are installed, they present a flat surface, dead even with the fence faces.
The neat part is that any bit profile can be eased into the insert to provide a ZCI for the bit.
I can provide a model.

-- 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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#3 posted 09-11-2013 at 01:17 PM

Gene; I have a neighbor that lives behind me that has a milling machine. He used to be with Ping company and designed and made custom putters for the pro’s that ranged in the neighborhood of $7000. I have no doubt he could make them for you but that would be his call and I have no idea what he would charge.
Dennis Mitchell
Buckeye, AZ
dsmdist@gmail.com
623-240-2321

-- DeputyDawg

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 at 03:05 PM

Thanks Dennis.
Any idea of whether he’ll do wood? Most guys who work metal don’t have the cutters for wood.
I don’t know the process used to make the originals. They are plastic, flat front and webbed for stability in back.
Imagine a square, shallow tray with webs inside.
I suppose a block of plastic would work, if he does plastic.

-- 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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#5 posted 09-11-2013 at 06:18 PM

Gene could you not put dowels in some 1/2” material and then tweek the insert on the disc sander? Seems easy enoough.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 at 06:23 PM

I would make a wood insert and make it a little proud so the
dowels fit. Then flush scribe around it and take it out and
pare/sand down to the line.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#7 posted 09-11-2013 at 08:45 PM

I can more than likely do it, do you have a drawing or model?

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 09-12-2013 at 05:55 AM

Thanks Sugarbeatco.
Yes, I have a model.
Please PM me your address and I’ll mail it to you.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-12-2013 at 06:09 AM

I would make it out of whatever material you see fit. AFAIK the original jointech inserts were some sort of plastic but you should make it with whatever is available for you so that you can make more as needed.

Instead of the tenons/dowels, I would simply drill floating tenons/dowls and use pins/dowels to attach insert to table. mill insert thick so that it will protrude from fence once inswerted with dowels, then flush trim or sand it flush with the fence.

This way you are independent and can make these as you see fit and not rely on anyone else and their time schedule.

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

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