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I posted last year about how I picked up a Nucraft Tools Model 200 cast iron router table for a pittance at a local auction. Best deal I ever got.

Anyway I know the company is no longer around but I'm looking for a fence for it and was hoping someone who has a table like mine could share the setup they use. I've looked at a lot of aftermarket fences out there but can't see how they could be adapted to fit my table. Being that my table is very thick cast iron I can't drill it (easily anyway) to allow a fence to fit. I can't see how a clamp-on style fence (such as a kreg type) would work as the existing router table legs bolt to the side of the table.
Any help would be appreciated. I've included some pictures of the table. It's not mine but mine is the same.

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Don't be afraid to drill cast iron. It drills and taps for threads quite easily. There are several places out there that sell good fences to adapt to your table with a little drilling and tapping. They cost a lot more than your table top, though. but if it is as good of a top as it looks, then investing in a good fence is worthwhile. Rockler, Eagle American, MCLS, just pop in to my mind at the moment. There is Incra and Jessem if you want to get premium ones.
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The problem I see are the legs on either end. That makes clamping a home made fence difficult to impossible. If you go crossways, not so hard. Herb's suggestion of drilling the top may be your best bet. If you make a fence with a wide base and make long slots on either end of it then a pair of holes drilled through the top would work. I have pictures of a very functional home made fence that is cheap to build in my uploads.
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Thanks Herb & Chuck for your great replies. They give me some good ideas.

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Yes the legs are the big problem. Without them an after market clamp on would be great. The "upside" is they sure make the table solid. Being relatively new here how do I get to your uploads?

Thanks for your time guys.

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Found it. Thanks.

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Mark...since the legs are in the way, let's move them...

Add a spacer of appropriate size and material the length of the table...mount a T-track on to the spacer and level with the table top...add fence...route to heart's content...

The spacer can be the same size as T-track or wider...whatever you can find. A 2x4 or steel plate...whatever you got hanging around. I imagine you would want a nice 3/4x3/4 or so steel spacer considering the all metal config you have now...

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I guess there's no room or surface to bolt the legs to the inside, instead of the outside.
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As Nick said just get longer bolts and bolt the spacer so you can use the spacers to mount the fence. Very simple and it would be very stable. You could use any fence system that will attach to the spacers. Great table you lucky dog
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I guess there's no room or surface to bolt the legs to the inside, instead of the outside.
Unfortunately no. When they made this monster they cast in support ribs underneath. This would prevent anything being installed on the inside of the table without extensive machine (I would think) Why they did this I don't know as you would think the thickness of the top would be enough but I guess they wanted to be safe.

Thanks though for the thought.

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Mark...since the legs are in the way, let's move them...

Add a spacer of appropriate size and material the length of the table...mount a T-track on to the spacer and level with the table top...add fence...route to heart's content...

The spacer can be the same size as T-track or wider...whatever you can find. A 2x4 or steel plate...whatever you got hanging around. I imagine you would want a nice 3/4x3/4 or so steel spacer considering the all metal config you have now...

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I like that, A LOT! Thanks.

I had thought about adding shims in the front and back of the legs to build out the table. This would leave a straight edge on all 4 sides but your idea is cleaner and I can easily add the miter tracks. Great Idea.

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I like that, A LOT! Thanks.

I had thought about adding shims in the front and back of the legs to build out the table. This would leave a straight edge on all 4 sides but your idea is cleaner and I can easily add the miter tracks. Great Idea.

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Great...let us know how it comes out...pics too...

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