Angle Iron as a router fence? - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Nickbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 459
 
Default Angle Iron as a router fence?

Say with a piece of MDF screwed to it? Can that be used in a pinch as a fence? Say while I work on a “real” fence?

Thanks!
Nickbee is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 10:49 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

HI, Nick

Most angle iron is not true , then you come to the part if you need to move the fence in and the bit may hit the iron... not good

Find a good true 2 x 4 in the shop and use it for a fence until you make one...

If you have a planer, run it under the blades to take off the round edges..or on the table saw..
Drill out a hole for the bit to sit in and you have it done for a quick fence..

You can also pickup up some white poly.stock at the Big Box stores that works great for a fence..


============
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nickbee
Say with a piece of MDF screwed to it? Can that be used in a pinch as a fence? Say while I work on a “real” fence?

Thanks!



"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 10:51 AM
Registered User
 
Drugstore Cowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 439
 
Default

The only potential problem I see with that plan is be SURE your facing board is thick enough to allow for your largest cutter --
Having your router bit hit iron -- NOT good.
You will notice that commercial versions of what you describe have an opening in the middle.

For that matter -- something as simple as a 2x4 as long as it has a smooth edge - will get you by.

>>> DANG BJ you beat me

The one who says it can't be done --
Should avoid interrupting
the person doing it.
Drugstore Cowboy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Nickbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 459
 
Default

good tips guys... I have a 4" angle iron I've had in my basement for years. I clamp it to my table saw as a ripping fence. I will toss it on my flat building board tonight and check the "trueness". And I hear you loud and clear about NOT letting the bit hit the metal!!!!
Nickbee is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 11:08 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi, Cowboy

SORRY

Like most router users I have been down many roads when it comes to making a fence.

Most will start out with a 2 x 4's and they do the job until you realy get into using the router table, I don't recall how many I have made or reworked but it's been many..

I see a new one now and then and I always say that's a neat one and I'm off and running making a new one... LOL

I saw one the other day that was made out of Walnut and Maple and Allen bolts all over it ...and little tricky items ,pull out,push in things, the guy that made that one took a hard look at what the fence can do and should do...but it was a bit over kill but some do get into it big time...

=========




"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Nickbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 459
 
Default

I might just bite the bullet on this one and pick up the Bench dog pro-fence. I can use it for now on my wolf craft table and for the offset "router station" I have floating around in my head. Also the Bench dog will have the capability to be used as a joiner right off the bat. Of course I might get a 2x4 while I wait for delivery ....

Thanks guys!!!
Nickbee is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 04:16 PM
Marine Engineer
 
kp91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Doug
Posts: 4,537
 
Default

Nick,
I use a piece of 4 inch aluminum angle. I did dress it on a mill, but it really wasn't too far out to begin with. On the face of it I use MDF.

There are several good basic fence foundations, similar to http://www.amazon.com/32-L-Table-Fen...4988520&sr=1-8

Doug
1 John 1:9
Fredericksburg, VA




http://disasterreliefeffort.org/
kp91 is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 05:38 PM
Retired Moderator
 
Hamlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Country: United States
First Name: Ken
Posts: 3,437
 
Send a message via MSN to Hamlin
Default

If you feel you must use angle, as Doug stated, use aluminum. It's soft so if a bit was to accidentally hit it, it won't do too much damage. As others have pointed out, a good "true" 2"x4" works the best.

Ken

***Please fill in your profile, at least your location. As this will help us help you better.***

"A VETERAN"
"Whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life". That is HONOR, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." -Author Unknown

Hamlin is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 11:34 PM
Retired Moderator
 
challagan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,126
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobj3
You can also pickup up some white poly.stock at the Big Box stores that works great for a fence..


============
Bj, Home Depot or Mendards sell poly stock, like the OP fences? Where abouts in the store to they keep it

Corey

My Carving Website: The Iowa Woodcarver
http://iowacarver.tripod.com/
challagan is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-14-2007, 12:11 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi, Corey

You can find it in the flooring dept,,, or right by it...they use it to drive the laminated floor panels together , you can also find big cutting boards and cut them down to size...Kmart and Target have some of the big ones also ,5/8 to 3/4" thick and about 2ft long...and sq.ones...

Just two of many off eBay ▼ at the right price..

http://cgi.ebay.com/Long-Cutting-Boa...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/CUTTING-BOARD-WH...QQcmdZViewItem

The 2nd url is the best one ,he will cut it to the size you want it to be, it sounds like he has a some big panels,, it would make a great router table top screwed down or glued to some 3/4" thick MDF stock....it would stay slick and clean for a long time I just may order one for the next router table I want to make... I'm sure the item will end b/4 to long but a email to him will get the item moving I sure...and it can be paid for by PayPal I'm sure..

ADD ON NOTE ****
Just a as side note....I did send him a note and ask for a quote on a 3/4" x 36" x 48" and I will post what he comes back with....




==========

Quote:
Originally Posted by challagan
Bj, Home Depot or Mendards sell poly stock, like the OP fences? Where abouts in the store to they keep it

Corey



"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097



Last edited by bobj3; 11-14-2007 at 12:11 PM.
bobj3 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Face Lift for the Router Fence bobj3 Jigs and Fixtures 8 04-07-2013 10:21 AM
Motorized Router Lift - Eagle Lake Style johnwnixon Table-mounted Routing 14 05-23-2012 05:51 PM
need advice for inserting rosseau router plate into bench dog promax cast iron table sf_basilix Table-mounted Routing 7 02-21-2008 07:00 PM
RouterForums.com and Oak-Park.com - September 2006 Contest - VOTING STAGE!! Mark Contests Archive 13 11-05-2006 03:23 AM
RouterForums.com and Oak-Park.com - September 2006 Contest!! Mark Contests Archive 72 10-01-2006 01:02 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome