I am new to this site and recently purchased the spacer fence finger joint jigs from Oak Park. My first try wasn't very successful and I can't figure out why. I'm thinking its probably my sub-par router setup. I have the Skil RAS4510 Table/Router combo that was given to me by my brother for my birthday a couple years ago. It is a pain in the a** to make adjustments with, and not very accurate. I'm thinking about purchasing a Dewalt 618 and getting a nicer router table. I really like the one from Oak Park.
Anyway, I really like how easy the spacer fences are to use, and upon looking at the Oak Park miter gauge system I had an idea. What if the spacer fence was combined into a system like the miter gauge? My problem working with the spacer fences is that I don't have good support behind the piece of stock I'm cutting. The way the miter gauge system slides on the guide bushing would be easy to use for finger joints if there was some sort of spacer block mounted on the miter gauge. You wouldn't have to make any adjustments to the fence at all. No clamping/screwing a fence to the table either. Just clamp the stock on, run it thru the router, unclamp, place the notch you just cut over the spacer block, clamp, and run it thru again, repeat till done.
I see that the fence part of the miter gauge is made of phenolic, as well as the base plate part. Are the two attached from the bottom with screws? If so, it would be easy for Oak Part to make seperate bottom plates for the miter gauge system that could be replaced for making finger joints.
What do yall think??