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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-11-2004, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone have a homemade router fence that has an easy to adjust depth-of-cut feature? Not in a position to 'buy' a router fence, but I do have a sheet of 1/2" Baltic Birch just waiting to be used up in jigs/fences, etc.

I'm starting my woodworking learning curve on picture frames, and the constant 'bump and hope' method of my current rip fence mounted router fence is really not a good/accurate way to go as far as I can tell.

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I assume that you are talking about distance from the Fence to the router Bit.
This being the case, you could attach a 3/8-16 piece of all-thread to the back of the Router Fence (in the center), pass it thru a nut fixed to a bracket attached to the table.
This would give you 1/16th inch advance for each full turn of the knob that you will need to attach to the piece of All-thread, behind the bracket.
The attachment to the Router Fence would need to be capable of rotating, but with little or no slop.
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The system I use is like the one Bob & Rick use. It isn't fancy, but it is simple, accurate, and inexpensive to make. Two "C" clamps and a stick (wood or UHMW) works great.

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Hmmm, haven't seen the one Bob & Rick use. Will have to look around for that one.

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You might be able to watch them on "The Router Workshop" on your local PBS TV channel. They also have several books out. Good Stuff.

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Anyone have a homemade router fence that has an easy to adjust depth-of-cut feature? Not in a position to 'buy' a router fence, but I do have a sheet of 1/2" Baltic Birch just waiting to be used up in jigs/fences, etc.

I'm starting my woodworking learning curve on picture frames, and the constant 'bump and hope' method of my current rip fence mounted router fence is really not a good/accurate way to go as far as I can tell.

TIA.
I built a fence using Baltic birch plywood. It consists of a fence "face" being dadoed to a base, and a base below it which "slides" on the upper portion, riding in two UHMW strips. A threaded rod with a knob on it connects the upper base to the lower, and a locking knob keeps the two from moving. To adjust, simply undo the locking knob, and turn the adjuster until the desired movement is achieved. You could even go to extremes, and build in a vernier gauge to get ultra accurate adjustments.
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Wouln't happen to have a picture or two would ya?
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I also keep it simple. For small measurements, I use the brass set up bars. For bigger distances, I set it up close as I can with a tape measure or machinist scale then test it on some scrap.

Once or twice I have cut a gage block on the table saw and used that to set the fence the right distance away for some dados I was cutting in the sides of a bookcase.

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Here's mine from the back. I just used ratchet handles onto bolts that slide in grooves or tracks;
http://www.woodworkersweb.com/module...ter_behind.jpg
As you can see it also has adjustable faces. To move it I use a calibrated bump!! Just loosen off one side, move it a smidge and tighten it up. Easy as falling off a bike.

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Thanks for that picture Aaron, that gives me a few ideas to try. I just finished making my plates from some 'recovered from the dumpster' 3/4" plexiglass. Hope to get started on a router table this weekend.
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