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I am new to the Forum. I would appreciate input regarding a good router fence.
I am an amateur woodworker. Your input is welcome.
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Replaceable face, in case. Split fence face with a replacable insert fot max support and min claerance for the cutter. These can generally be added to a bought fence, or make your own fence.
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If you think about it, Richard, the fence is just a surface to guide the wood past the bit. But, there are a couple of criteria that must be there: it needs to be very straight, and it needs to have a face that is precisely square to the table surface.

My first router table was simply an old cutting board into which I inlet and attached a router. The fence was simply a jointed 2x4. It worked fine for simple edge-forming operations. I later "graduated" to an inexpensive (relatively speaking) Rockler table top and fence combo. The Rockler had a split fence - that is, the face was split, and mounted to a piece of anodized aluminum angle. As such, the outfeed side could be shimmed with plastic sheets for such things as using the router table as a small jointer. Not bad, but the aluminum angle wasn't very wide (or, thick), so it didn't provide a very solid base for taller face boards.

When I built my current table, I decided to make my own fence using 3"x3"x3/8" thick aluminum angle from a metals supplier. The faces of the angle had been machined to a precise 90 angle, so that gave a high level of precision for the fence, and the height and thickness provided a solid base for mounting MDF face pieces. I made two sets of face pieces - one set is 6" high, and the other is 12" high.

There are also commercially-made fences available, including the Incra "precision" models. Decide what you want the fence to do, and then use that as the basis for deciding which way to go.


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Hi Ralph

Do you still use the lift in your router table ? and what brand is it..

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If you think about it, Richard, the fence is just a surface to guide the wood past the bit. But, there are a couple of criteria that must be there: it needs to be very straight, and it needs to have a face that is precisely square to the table surface.

My first router table was simply an old cutting board into which I inlet and attached a router. The fence was simply a jointed 2x4. It worked fine for simple edge-forming operations. I later "graduated" to an inexpensive (relatively speaking) Rockler table top and fence combo. The Rockler had a split fence - that is, the face was split, and mounted to a piece of anodized aluminum angle. As such, the outfeed side could be shimmed with plastic sheets for such things as using the router table as a small jointer. Not bad, but the aluminum angle wasn't very wide (or, thick), so it didn't provide a very solid base for taller face boards.

When I built my current table, I decided to make my own fence using 3"x3"x3/8" thick aluminum angle from a metals supplier. The faces of the angle had been machined to a precise 90 angle, so that gave a high level of precision for the fence, and the height and thickness provided a solid base for mounting MDF face pieces. I made two sets of face pieces - one set is 6" high, and the other is 12" high.

There are also commercially-made fences available, including the Incra "precision" models. Decide what you want the fence to do, and then use that as the basis for deciding which way to go.



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Probably not what you envisioned, but the acrylic face can used on both faces. Moreover, it can be replaced altogether in a minute.
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Nice set up that is what my next one will kinda look like when I make a new and improved fence

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I am new to the Forum. I would appreciate input regarding a good router fence.
I am an amateur woodworker. Your input is welcome.
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Do you still use the lift in your router table ? and what brand is it..


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Yes. It's BenchDog Pro lift, designed for the PC 7518.

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Richard, there are many styles of fences and they all work. Some people prefer using a fence with t tracks and many attachments. My first fence was built from the plans in ShopNotes #1; this plan is available for download online for a modest fee. As you can see in the photo it is similar to the fence Ralph built, and it works just fine. Bob and Rick Rosendahl of TV's Router Workshop taught us to: "Keep it simple". When I was Senior Moderator Rick convinced me to try their methods and I will never go back. Clamping a fence to your table allows for infinite positioning and removes quickly for other set ups. It is easy to build specialty fences for specific jobs, and by doing so you add the ability to make angled cuts or easily rout complex cuts. There is no wrong choice when it comes to fences; use what makes the most sense to you... again they all work.
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I use the Bench Dog with a PC 7518 as well. love it, but am thinking of redoing my router table since the entire set up is very heavy. Used a Rockler table in in the extension of the Delta Contractor TS. Works, but room for improvement positively impacting ease of use, in feed length and precision.
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