Tablesaw fence/Router fence combo

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Forum topic by DKV posted 10-21-2013 09:41 PM 1602 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2013 09:41 PM

As you can see I have my router table mounted to my tablesaw. It would be great if I could use my tablesaw fence (sometimes I do) as my router table fence, which would also include dust collection. A router spits out a lot of saw dust and I would like my tablesaw fence to have an opening that I could open and attach a hose to when routing. A combo of the foreground and background fences. Anyone have one? Built a jig? Bought one? Ideas?

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 11:04 AM

There are two things that I can think of:
1) You can build a router table fence that is “hollow”, basically a very long square box, and you would connect a dust collector or shop vacuum to the end of the hollow box. Cut an opening into the center, and mount two adjustable fences onto the side.
2) Use one big chunk of wood, e.g. a 3×3 oak piece as a fence. Drill a hole into the center from the top, and route an opening for the router bit into the center of the side.

I have done the latter. I use it on my router table, but it could easily be attached to the table saw fence. The dust collection works great with just the hole on the top (which goes through to the routed opening for the bit). I can’t find a picture right now, but here is the sketchup drawing:

Also notice the slot I cut on the side, it allows me to add stops to the fence, a featherboard, or a split fence.

However, “sucking” the dust from the side will be useless for grooves, mortises, and other cuts that are not done on edge. Then you will need dust collection from underneath the table… most people build a box to go under the table and connect a dust collector to that.

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