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FESTOOL DISCUSSIONS => Ask Festool => Topic started by: PA_Woodworker on January 06, 2021, 03:45 PM

Title: Sliding Table Router System
Post by: PA_Woodworker on January 06, 2021, 03:45 PM
I’m researching the potential purchase of a Festool sliding table router system.
I have not been able to find the operators manual on line to address my question below.

Squaring the fence to the miter gauge is very straight forward, but  -
If the axis of travel of the sliding table is not parallel with the surface of the fence the end cut of a board fed thru the router bit using the sliding table and miter gauge will not be cut at 90 degrees.

So, when using the sliding table and the miter gauge, in order for the end routing of a board to be perfectly square (90 degrees) the following alignments must be setup:
1)   The miter gauge fence must be perpendicular to the fence.
2)   The axis of travel of the sliding table must be parallel to the fence.

The die cast markings on the movable fence base are a bit rudimentary so I would hesitate to rely on them for alignment needs when using the sliding table/miter gauge setup.

How do I setup the system so that items 1 and 2 above are assured?

Thanks, PA_Woodworker
Title: Re: Sliding Table Router System
Post by: JimH2 on January 06, 2021, 05:01 PM
I'd encourage you to look at other solutions. The Festool router setup has too many compromises when compared to similarly priced router table setups and pales in comparison to several offerings. Sure you cannot use a Festool router in them, but there are more adequate motors to use. If the overarching goal is to stay within the system it is the only solution though.

I had one for several years and sold it for a Woodpecker's setup and have never looked back. Others will have different opinions because they have spent their money and that can jade one's opinion. Before committing to it take a look at any of competitors offerings.
Title: Re: Sliding Table Router System
Post by: FestitaMakool on January 06, 2021, 06:19 PM
I have the Festool router table with the sliding table. That said, there are many users in here that has loads more experience with it, than I have.

The Festool set up is almost in any regard exactly the same as ages of common shapers here in Europe. The fence, with adjustments, the dust collection, the sliding table. All the same, but compact. The miter riding on the sliding table can be calibrated, the sliding table cannot in regards to the fence, but the fence can. This would be the same as on a “regular” router table, only the miter rides in a track (which is also fixed). So the two bolts that holds the fence is all that is, when they are loose, everything are loose.