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Offline Dusty.Tools

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Router Fence Recommendation
« on: February 07, 2019, 01:44 AM »
Hi All,

What router fence would people recommend?

I am planning to build a bigger table and I could design it around the Kreg one I have or ‘upgrade’.

The Woodpecker seams to be a little inaccurate, hard to keep square but I do like the T-Track installation. And the way it is built does allow for some increases flexibility.

The JessEm looks good and appears to have good reviews. Not sure it adds much on top of the Kreg. The installation on both sides of the table isn’t ideal if I want a wide table.

Any recommendations are appreciated.

Ben

PS this is my current setup. My goal is to have a single table top (54” wide) rather than two tops that aren’t perfectly flush today. I’ll make it from MDF and Formica Microdot, like Kreg and Woodpeckers tops.





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Offline Sanderxpander

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 06:25 AM »
I don't even have one but I see the name thrown around so much that I'm going to blindly recommend the Incra LS Positioner system. At least worth checking out.

Offline Claimdude

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 07:03 AM »
+1 LS Positioner by Incra. Outstanding repeat-ability!! I have had one for 20+ years. Dovetails are easy peazy as well.

Jack

Offline Grev

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 08:07 AM »
I'm actually just about to buy a new router fence and have narrowed it down to Jessum or Woodpeckers.  I think Incra is in a league of its own .. but won't work for my space/installation.  I recently saw the Jet and Sawstop fences (side x side) and they are essentially the same as the Jessum (and probably others), only the Jet comes with a nice micro-adjust feature on both rails.  The Sawstop seemed to have a little better "fit & finish," which I suspect is more like the Jessum.  I checked and could buy the Jet's micro-adjust assemblies and use on the Jessum (or Sawstop).  @DustyTools .. just curious what you've heard about the WP being "a little inaccurate?"  I like the WP micro-adjust option, but haven't seen or used it in person?

Offline Canoescapes

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 08:20 AM »
I have the Jessum fence -- a recent upgrade -- and have been very impressed.  That said, if you are looking to put the fence on a wide table, check out Ron Paulk's recent You Tube video about the Woodpecker's fence.  He is puts it in on his recently redesigned bench and does a very favorable review of the fence.  I would send you the link, but I am not sure how.  Sorry.  He posted the video on his You Tube channel within the last couple of weeks.

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 09:02 AM »
I had the Incra LS fence and joinery system but found as someone that didn't make dovetail on a regular basis it took some study work every time I used it for joints. Plus it takes up lots of space. I sold it and built a new router table with the WP Super-Fence with micro adjuster and bought the Leigh RTJ400 and really like the both of them.

I'm wondering your concern of the WP fence having issues being square. From my experience the ease to align the fence to the bit and having the split fences in-line is most important.

Mike

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 02:49 PM »
I've been thinking about a new fence and considering the Incra, Woodpecker, and Jessem.

The Incra seems to take up a lot of room behind the fence so that most tables are set up with the narrow side to run your stock.  I'd much rather have the wider part for running stock along the fence.  A buddy of mine has one and loves it for making dovetail drawers.  I've got a Leigh D4R Pro so that's not really a selling point.

Right now, I'm still ticked at Woodpeckers for the way they handled a recent one time tool order (took five months after promised delivery date) so I'm leaning towards Jessem.
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Offline grbmds

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 03:17 PM »
Without question the Incra LS Positioner is the most accurate and precise available. While I have Incra's table, lift and the whole setup, installing the Incra fence on a home made table would yield the same results. There just is nothing better. After buying it several years ago, I kicked myself for not doing it many years before that. It makes accurate, precise work on a router table so much easier.
Randy

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 03:20 PM »
Thanks all,

I think the Incra is beyond my needs, so I think I'll rule that one out, definitely when I consider the price.

For the Woodpecker, I read this review:

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2461

That commented on how the L-bracket that holds the horizontal and vertical parts of the fence together. It's not exactly 90 degrees which makes it hard to keep the front of the fence. There's a micro adjuster but you have re-adjust every time you make a change to the fence setup. I know I shouldn't rely on one review but it did stick in my mind :)

I think based on the feedback here I am going to buy the Woodpecker, but would appreciate thoughts on this. The JessEm looks good but it doesn't lend itself to making a wider table than 32".

Of course that means I am going have to think about the woodpecker lift....
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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 03:44 PM »
@DustyTools

Google Woodpeckers super fence reviews. Like you said don't just read one review. I have had this fence for many years and have many miles on it and have none of the problems the LumberJocks guy had. Similar to any other tool like this it does need some initial setup but it has not needed any since.

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2019, 03:45 PM »
@DustyTools

Google Woodpeckers super fence reviews. Like you said don't just read one review. I have had this fence for many years and have many miles on it and have none of the problems the LumberJocks guy had. Similar to any other tool like this it does need some initial setup but it has not needed any since.

Mike

Thanks Mike!
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Offline Alanbach

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2019, 04:05 PM »
I have Jessem’s fence and love it. They have two fences, the TA and the Master Lift II. I would give them a call just to check and see if they have a fix for you regarding those side mounting brackets for the fence. They might have a way for you to inset mount the t-slot into the table surface? I don’t know about the WP but Jessem has nice miter sliders as an accessory for these fences. The TA fence is also capable of jointing via a micro adjust offset in the two fence halves.

Offline mikeFromMA

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2020, 06:26 PM »
Hi.  This is a really helpful thread about fences and it's been about a year since the last comment.  I'm looking to build a router table (my first router table) and am having a hard time figuring out which fence to get.  Does anyone have any updated opinions?  The Jessem, Woodpeckers and Incra fences are all about the same price.  Is there any real daylight between these three?  No one mentioned Kreg, which is about 20% cheaper.  My local woodcraft store only has the kreg fence as a demo and I'm not aware of anywhere nearby to lay eyes on the others. 

I'm thinking about a standard table size - around 32"x24".  I already have the lift and router (woodpeckers set-up) which I inherited from a retiring professional cabinet maker.  If folks have suggestions around that (as in, in retrospect, I wish I had done x instead of....), I'd appreciate hearing those as well.  I'm a hobbyist, not a professional. 

Thanks, Mike

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2020, 09:38 AM »
I am in the process of building a new router table and fence (it's going onto a Hammer K3 slider). Having done a ton of research (along with 25 years using these things), the fence I consider to be the best is the Jessem.

https://www.fine-tools.com/routerfence.html

I will build my own version of this fence. It is pretty straight forward, and I can do it for a fraction of the cost. The Jessem is a great fence to model one on. It's a good fence to buy if you can afford it.

This is where it will go ...



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Offline grbmds

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2020, 09:45 AM »
I only wish I had bought the Incra, table, Positioner, and lift sooner.

However, if you already have other Woodpecker components and they are in good condition (meaning no accuracy or precision problems), then consider the Woodpecker fence/table. I don't have it but I have never bought anything from Woodpeckers which I was sorry about in terms of quality. If you do buy Woodpeckers fence, though, the micro-adjust addition could be a good idea. The ability to adjust Incra's fence in minute increments is one of the features that makes it so accurate. I would think that the Woodpeckers micro-adjust would be a similar upgrade.
Randy

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2020, 06:03 PM »
Thanks, Derek and John, for your thoughts.  Much appreciated.  I'm going to give this a few more days to see if others weigh in.  It seems I can't go wrong ultimately. 

    Mike

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2020, 06:20 PM »
I considered adding a router table to my saw like Derek did, but I got sidetracked and went a different path.  Here is a recent thread about my router table build.  I am very happy with the Incra system and am glad I went with a mobile table.  I have to shuffle tools in and out of the shop as I need them, so the bandsaw and router table are mobile, and soon the jointer/planer will be as well.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/router-table-63522/msg613775/#msg613775


The disadvantage to the Incra, and possibly the others, is the backlog in manufacturing.  However, in my opinion, the system is worth the wait.

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2020, 11:32 PM »
I can second the Incra LS Positioner. It’s amazing! However the Jessem TA fence is far and away the better fence system. It has tool free adjustment, a simple jointing feature, and is solid as can be. I plan on posting more on this in the future but I made an adaptor out of 8020 aluminum extrusions to attach my Jessem TA fence to my LS Positioner. I am using it with two CMS-VL units attached to each other so I can use the same fence for routing and sawing.


Offline Alanbach

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2020, 12:43 AM »
I commented above regarding my opinions about the Jessem. Since that post Jessem has added another fence to their line in addition to the TA fence. They added the Master fence III to their line, as well as a micro adjuster for the TA fence as well as the Master Fence III.

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2020, 07:57 AM »
Incra.  I picked up the TS III system used for about half price maybe 6 years ago, totally repeatable positioning at 1/32" increments along with adjustability to within a few thousandths of an inch precision!

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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2020, 09:28 AM »
I considered adding a router table to my saw like Derek did, but I got sidetracked and went a different path.  Here is a recent thread about my router table build.  I am very happy with the Incra system and am glad I went with a mobile table.  I have to shuffle tools in and out of the shop as I need them, so the bandsaw and router table are mobile, and soon the jointer/planer will be as well.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/router-table-63522/msg613775/#msg613775

The disadvantage to the Incra, and possibly the others, is the backlog in manufacturing.  However, in my opinion, the system is worth the wait.

Mike, that is one hellava build!  8)  Superb work!

I have no doubt that the Incra is the one to go for in a stand alone router table. As you know, I am predominantly a hand tool guy, and my occasional router table needs are best met with an in-tablesaw set up. The Jessem (or the one I am building) is then the one to go for.

Regards from Perth

Derek
« Last Edit: September 02, 2020, 09:33 AM by derekcohen »
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Offline MikeGE

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2020, 10:39 AM »
Thanks, Derek!  I was getting close to paralysis by analysis with all of the options available.  If I had seen this video by Dennis before I trudged merrily down my path, I would likely have done something like he did:



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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2020, 11:18 AM »
I can second the Incra LS Positioner. It’s amazing! However the Jessem TA fence is far and away the better fence system. It has tool free adjustment, a simple jointing feature, and is solid as can be. I plan on posting more on this in the future but I made an adaptor out of 8020 aluminum extrusions to attach my Jessem TA fence to my LS Positioner. I am using it with two CMS-VL units attached to each other so I can use the same fence for routing and sawing.

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Interesting set up you have there, would you care to enlighten us with the router insert? [smile]
It seems that you have converted an empty insert plate for the CMS tables to accept a Jessem router insert.
I’m not going with an Incra fence, but rather a LA-CS70 fence that can be extended beyond the CMS VL table and onto the MFT/3 for wider cuts, dados etc.
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Offline Chris Perren

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2020, 11:48 AM »
I have an older woodpecker fence and lift that I added to the end of miter station.  Its worked well for me the last few years plus saved some shop space.   


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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2020, 12:03 PM »
I can second the Incra LS Positioner. It’s amazing! However the Jessem TA fence is far and away the better fence system. It has tool free adjustment, a simple jointing feature, and is solid as can be. I plan on posting more on this in the future but I made an adaptor out of 8020 aluminum extrusions to attach my Jessem TA fence to my LS Positioner. I am using it with two CMS-VL units attached to each other so I can use the same fence for routing and sawing.

(Attachment Link)

Interesting set up you have there, would you care to enlighten us with the router insert? [smile]
It seems that you have converted an empty insert plate for the CMS tables to accept a Jessem router insert.
I’m not going with an Incra fence, but rather a LA-CS70 fence that can be extended beyond the CMS VL table and onto the MFT/3 for wider cuts, dados etc.

So I got the idea for the Jessem lift with the CMS plate from another thread on here:
https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/festool-jigs-tool-enhancements/mft3-vl-custom-insert-for-incra-masterlift-ii/

I routed a CMS-PS plate to take the Jessem Prestige router lift. It is supported by 8020 aluminum extrusions which are directly attached to the inside of the CMS-VL profiles. It is super solidly locked in place. The four corner bolts on the Jessem lift are directly connected to the CMS-VL and the 8020 extrusions by means of t-nuts in the 8020 extrusions. I will have to take more pictures to explain more. I plan on doing a write up explaining everything. I wanted the Incra Cleansweep rings but Jessem doesn’t make their Prestige router lift to accept Incra rings so I routed the opening of the plate and added Incra’s magnets to take the Cleansweep rings.

I love this setup! I’m still working on a few more details of my modification but it’s been working great.


Offline rmhinden

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2020, 12:23 PM »
@edwarmr That is a nice solution and very well done!

I have a Kreg router table top (and lift) that uses the standard Kreg inserts.   

I have thought about trying to adapt the inserts by drilling/routing extra holes in them, but found that by using an insert with extra space around the bit (one or two steps up) it does a great job with dust collection.    Perhaps not as nice as the Incra Cleansweep rings, but I fine it works well and I get very little dust when using the router table.   It's a low tech solution that works well.

I do get a lot of suction from my dust collection system, I suspect that helps a lot too.

Bob

Offline mikeFromMA

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2020, 12:27 PM »
I considered adding a router table to my saw like Derek did, but I got sidetracked and went a different path.  Here is a recent thread about my router table build.  I am very happy with the Incra system and am glad I went with a mobile table.  I have to shuffle tools in and out of the shop as I need them, so the bandsaw and router table are mobile, and soon the jointer/planer will be as well.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/router-table-63522/msg613775/#msg613775

The disadvantage to the Incra, and possibly the others, is the backlog in manufacturing.  However, in my opinion, the system is worth the wait.

Mike, that is one hellava build!  8)  Superb work!

I have no doubt that the Incra is the one to go for in a stand alone router table. As you know, I am predominantly a hand tool guy, and my occasional router table needs are best met with an in-tablesaw set up. The Jessem (or the one I am building) is then the one to go for.

Regards from Perth

Derek

I liked Derek's setup, but I don't (yet) have the space to accommodate the table. 

To quote Derek and echo my impression, is simply WOW.  That's a project to be really proud of.

This nails what I need, as I have a small shop.  Everything is on wheels except my lathe.  That's a heck of a design and a nice aspiration.  Thanks for the pointer to the other video as well.  That's super helpful.  I can't tell you how many videos I've already watched.  So again, thanks.

FWIW, my fav is a guy who made a table out of a couple of sheets of plywood and used a massive guitar amp as a weight when he glued the sheets together.  He also experimented with an epoxy finish to the top, which I wonder if it'd present too much surface friction when sliding a piece.  The starburst he put into the design was cool nonetheless.

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2020, 04:38 PM »
I am on at least my fourth router table (over 50 years of making sawdust).  None have used a commercial fence or even a router plate.  My current one has a home made lift and the top tilts up for bit changes.  Both are great improvements.  The fence is also home made, made of plywood with melamine sliding pieces to vary the opening for different bits.  It clamps to the top with very short pipe clamps.  They hold it in place extremely securely.  Fine adjustments are done by tilting the fence a little, loosening one end and pivoting the fence.  It's OK with me if you want these commercial fences, I am just posting to suggest you don't really need them.  A router table is one tool that is better made than bought IMHO. 

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2020, 07:59 PM »
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A router table is one tool that is better made than bought IMHO.

Jim, you are a man after my own heart.

As much as I love seeing the commercial versions and, frankly, they need to sell in order to sustain the industry, there are at least several fixtures that should be made by woodworkers as a form of “entry” to woodworking: one is a work bench, and another is a router table.

Regards from Perth

Derek
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« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2020, 08:56 PM »
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A router table is one tool that is better made than bought IMHO.

Jim, you are a man after my own heart.

As much as I love seeing the commercial versions and, frankly, they need to sell in order to sustain the industry, there are at least several fixtures that should be made by woodworkers as a form if “entry” to woodworking: one is a work bench, and another is a router table.

Regards from Perth

Derek

If I was a young man starting out on a career or hobby of woodworking, I would agree.  I'd be out there with a sharp stick scraping at the dirt to mine the iron ore so I could smelt it and forge my own axe that I would sharpen on a flat rock and use to fell the trees that would become my workbench.  I'd be scouring the garage sales and flea markets looking for the cast off planes and chisels that could be coaxed back to good order with a fair amount of work.  I'd be doing all of those things that seem to be the mandatory rites of passage.   [big grin]

Unfortunately, I'm not a young man and recently started down my own path of woodworking as a hobby following my retirement.  Time is the one resource I cannot buy, but a I can plop down my credit card at the Hornbach and drive away with a Sjöbergs Elite 2000 workbench in the back of my truck and set it up the same day.  A few clicks of the mouse, and my new planes and chisels are on the way.  I do applaud you guys for your experience and the years it took to acquire it, but I do not have access to Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine to explore that path not taken.  I realize I can't buy game, but for everything else there is Visa and a desire to learn and experiment.

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« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2020, 04:14 PM »
I've been using a self made router table for 20+ years/ mine is large as I often am routing large pieces (I fab plastics regularly). my table is 30 X 49 1 1/8" melamine and a welded steel frame.  I have an original Benchdogs lift which was rare when I bought,  as it was targeted for smaller commercial shops that needed multiple stations.  I have an Incra 17" adjuster with an Incra Wonder fence attached, that coupled with a Dust Router under table dust collector and a Festool router table split hose lets me collect 90% of all duts and chips generated.  The only thing I would ever change is a cast iron table so I could use the Magswitch magnets to attach my guides.

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Offline Bigbob7777

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2020, 12:16 AM »
I am in the process of building a new router table and fence (it's going onto a Hammer K3 slider). Having done a ton of research (along with 25 years using these things), the fence I consider to be the best is the Jessem.

https://www.fine-tools.com/routerfence.html

I will build my own version of this fence. It is pretty straight forward, and I can do it for a fraction of the cost. The Jessem is a great fence to model one on. It's a good fence to buy if you can afford it.

This is where it will go ...



Regards from Perth

Derek
Derek,
I too have the k3.  How did you fit a router table to the k3?
Bob

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2020, 01:20 AM »
Bob, I only have pics of the previous table, but the method was the same.

Here is the old table ...



My K3 came with a half-panel ...





The top ...



... is secured at one side by bolts into inserts (there are convenient holes in the saw case) ...



Facing the saw, add bolts as legs ...



And the far side I used existing bolt holes to support an aluminium section ...









Current:



More later, if you or others are interested.

Regards from Perth

Derek


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Offline Bigbob7777

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« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2020, 09:37 AM »
Thx Derek

Offline JimD

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2020, 08:09 PM »
I built my first router table when I was in my 20s but I am now retired.  God has blessed and I can afford some nicer tools now but I still like my last home made router table.  I made it probably about 10 years ago when I was in my 50s. 

One of the reasons I think making your router table is something most woodworkers should do is this sort of shop furniture is a good way to start making things.  You can use whatever type joints you want and it should still work.  I think I dovetailed the drawer on mine but a lot of the joints are just plugged butt joints glued and screwed together.  I have enough drawers to store all my router bits.  The top tilts up for bit changes, a feature I have not seen on any commercial router table.  Height adjustments are by screw, one turn is 1/16th of an inch.  Dust collection from both the cabinet and the fence.  Total locking casters so I can move it and then lock it down.  Height same as table saw and outfeed/accessory table and miter saw table. 

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Router Fence Recommendation
« Reply #35 on: September 07, 2020, 12:51 PM »
Here's the router table and router table fence I have been building. There is a little more work to do on the micro-adjuster, which is coming from AliExpress, as well as the dust extractor for the (2 1/4 hp) Elu 177e router I use. But for now, the rest is done.

This is a very full-on set up. What is relevant is that it did not cost much (don't include the cost of the JessEm guides, which are excellent but a little luxury). It is difficult to total, as some parts, such as the aluminium insert plate, was purchased about 3 years ago, as was the Router Raizer lift, and the MuscleChuck router bit change.

The base for the router table was a laminated high pressure MDF kitchen bench off cut from a kitchen maker ...



This was build into the outfeed of my Hammer K3 sliding table saw ...





These aluminium plates are excellent. After 3 years of hanging the heavy Elu, there is no signs of any dips. The surface remains flat, flat.

The Elu below, minus handles, with Router Raizer attached ...



Above the plate, the MuscleChuck allows for changing bits and easy bit-holding. I built a handle for the Router Raizer from a cut-down socket wrench. This enable fast spinning as well as fine adjustments with the fence close by.



The heart of the fence is made for 8020 extruded aluminium (80mm high and 20mm wide). I comes in 1m lengths, and this fence is 600mm long.



Note that the slots of this extrusion use different T-bits ...



The only other part I bought in were the sub-fences, since these are phenolic-coated, and the dust port.



The subfences. Also note that the dust collection port in the mainfence was made with a 2 1/4" hole saw ...



The Jessem guides, and the bit guard I made ...





Made in two sections and superglued together ...



The rear of the fence, with the dust port, and sub-fence adjusters ...



The reason for bolting on the dust port was not simply to make it possible to remove, but this enabled the T-track to be plugged ...



The (very stiff) UHMW fence bracket is temporary ...



and will be replaced by these brackets with fine-adjuster (only needed on one side) ...



There is adjustment built into the brackets to ensure that the working side of the fence is square to the table ...



I hope that this provides some ideas for your build.

Regards from Perth

Derek
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