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Forum topic by PurpLev posted 02-16-2009 01:47 AM 8137 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2009 01:47 AM

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Hi. I’m in the midst of building my router table and use a phenolic top.

originally I had planned to get an Incra miter slot to put in the top, but saw the Bench Dog Titer Miter for a good price and it got me thinking of using that slot instead.

The BD titer miter is much sturdier than the common aluminum slots, but its installed at the edge of the table top as opposed to the common slots that are about 4” in from the edge, giving more table support to routed pieces.

does anyone have experience with the bench dog miter slots that are at the edge of the table? do they feel limited?

any suggestions? ideas? preferences based on experience?

i can also rout a miter slot, but will have to get a router bit for that , which prob. cost as much as the aluminum slot…

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 03:33 AM

I do not have any experince with the titer miter, but this is what I have been looking at for my table from Bench Dog, just waiting on a free shipping deal from Rockler ;)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 08:17 AM

Personally, I wouldn’t go for a T- or Mitre-track attached to the edge of the work top. It wouldn’t take much effort to work the track loose – a few small bumps on the track, and screws could pull out.

Also, think of all the attachments you wish to use in the track, and make sure that the one with the shortest reach can span the distance between the track and the bit.

On my first router table top, I found that my feather boards couldn’t hold a slim work piece against the fence, and had to reposition the track closer to the bit. I won’t make that mistake on my next table (which will have a phenolic top).

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 04:52 PM

I’d second that opinion. My first and current RT has that exact drawback…too far from the cutter to be easily effective. As I have an Incra fence, most of my fixtures are designed to ride the fence, so no big deal, but if I re-made it I would use both a closer slot and phenolic ply vs. high pressure laminate over particle board.

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#4 posted 02-16-2009 05:10 PM

Hi Lev;

I would think, as you mention, routing a panel would be more difficult with the track at the edge. (less support).

On the top I made, I routed a 3/4” into a 3” wide piece of teak, which was then routed into the table top.

My initial slot into the table itself was a bit sloppy, hence the added piece of teak. It turned out to be a good thing though, as the teak is naturally oily, providing permanent lubrication, and was unaffected by seasonal changes.

I like a large area in front of the bit, so I probably wouldn’t choose the Titer Miter track.

I would definitely make a similar fence / dust collection setup as used on router table. It is VERY effective at keeping the air clean, and provides all the benefits of a shaper fence.


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#5 posted 02-16-2009 07:07 PM

thanks for strengthening my perception that the miter slot at the edge of the table might prove to be problematic in the long run… I guess the price was just ‘too good’ to pass… but I’ll hold myself back, and stay away from that purchase.

I think for the time being I’m not going to have any miter slot in the table, as the fence is going to be an Incra fence, and most likely everything will be riding that fence… should I need a miter slot in the future, I can always add that later on (top route, not too big of a deal)

Lee- that is an awesome fence, and If I didnt have the IncraJig as the fence, I’d definitely go your route. I like how Freud adds all those free plans with their products -I got a plan for wall mounted router bit cabinet when I got their router-bit set a couple years ago, good quality plan too. Any chance you have that plan scanned? of PDFed?

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

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