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Forum topic by Padriac Riley posted 12-11-2014 04:25 PM 726 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Padriac Riley

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12-11-2014 04:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router coping sled fence square miter slot

So I’m planning on building a coping sled for my router table, nothing too major. I’ve looked at different designs of things people have built here and elsewhere and also the ready made versions you can buy. There are a few tweaks for how I plan to use it I’ve decided on but there are a few things I am not really clear on. I also came across a new-to-me bit of information regarding router tables I’d appreciate any insight on.

1) 1/2” or 3/4” base? I’ve seen sleds both thickness bases with no real mention of why one was chosen over the other. I plan on stop block that can slide and lock down with knobs on 1/4” 20 t-bolts but those can slide in slots just as well as t-track. I don’t really see ay advantage to t-tracks in this application and they would be the only reason I can see for a 3/4” base. Am I missing something or will I be fine with waxed 1/2” birch ply?

2) To ride in the miter slot or with a guide against the fence? Again I have seen both with no real mention of why one way was chosen over the other.

3) One thing that did come up that was actually pretty new information to me was that many believe the miter slot on the router table is unnecessary as is the need for the fence to be square to anything. While I can understand that in one sense after thinking about it – it goes completely contrary to everything I know to be good practice. I have always gone to as much trouble to make certain that my router fence was square to the miter slot as I have gone to with my table saw. That’s how I was taught and that’s how I’ve always done it. I am not so arrogant that I am not willing to consider new information but this is really new information and me and I wanted to get some feedback.

4) Connected to that was another new notion to me that many don’t even see the need for the miter slot on a router table at all. I found this very strange as I don’t think I’ve ever seen a router table or router extension wing WITHOUT a miter slot or two. If you don’t use it to ride sleds or other jigs in then fine – but how do you get feather boards where you need them?

3 & 4 are more informational at this point but I am planning out a large mobile cart to mount the business end of my Delta 36-725 on. A big part of that was going to be retire my Bosch bench top router table by moving my big router into a lift set off to the right of the table saw blade so that I could use the saw’s fence as a nice and square base to mount a shop built router fence to when needed. So it will become pertinent information by this summer. Also, if I really am busting my butt the long way around for nothing with squaring the router fence/miter slot…it’d be nice to put that effort somewhere else.

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