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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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If you closely in this picture, thereís a 17Ē tall script letter B on this old scrap board. Iím pleased with how the B looks.
Itís purpose is to inlay onto a backboard of some sort for people to sign at my daughters wedding.
I donít have a jointer. I donít have a split fence on my router table.
Iím asking for two suggestions.
One being how to achieve this. Iím considering cedar fence boards with .25Ē gaps and making a decorative ďfenceĒ 3í tall by 2í wide. Then Iíll inlay the B using a finished plywood. Itís just a thought. Iím looking for other ideas. Iíve never done a glue up and not very confident i can joint boards very well.
The other suggestion im looking for is, if i donít do the fence board idea, then what types of wood should i use? Obviously the contrast has to be there, but neither species can be overly dark, to allow for writing on it with a sharpie.





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Mickey - A split fence is easy enough to make for your router table since you don't have a split fence or a joiner, and you're trying to make a "fence" as a backer board, why don't you go with shiplap? Easy enough to do with your router table
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Sorry for the double post but I got a little ahead of my self.

In my previous post I was trying to say that a split fence is easy enough to make for your router table if you want to joint edges. See this pics - the front faces slide and the outfeed fence has a piece of arborite that will shim out the fence just enough for joining.
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Sorry for the double post but I got a little ahead of my self.

In my previous post I was trying to say that a split fence is easy enough to make for your router table if you want to joint edges. See this pics - the front faces slide and the outfeed fence has a piece of arborite that will shim out the fence just enough for joining.


This split fence may well end up being a project i do soon. I need the ability to join boards and do glue ups.
I can certainly join the boards the way you suggested. Iím thinking tongue and groove cedar might look nice as well. It should provide a nice enough contrast with an oak plywood. Iíll look in to both and see which she prefers. Thanks!


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Mickey - tongue and groove will look good too. A split fence will come in handy, especially if you don't have a jointer.
Be sure to post pics of your finished project

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Mickey - tongue and groove will look good too. A split fence will come in handy, especially if you don't have a jointer.
Be sure to post pics of your finished project


I will post it once Iím done. It may be over a week due to work schedule.


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