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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-22-2007, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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All you need is a push block to help guide your work across the jig. The method I use is a simple one. I took a piece of scrap 4 x 4 about 6" long and ran one pass over the jig. I set the groove on the fence and I have a nice stable guide to keep the wood in position. I also cut one piece at a time. The push block also helps prevent tear out on the back side of the wood. If you own more than one size jig simply rotate your 4 x 4 and repeat the process. Mark the size you are working with on top of the push block. There are photos of other fancier push blocks members have designed, and this is a matter of personal choice. What ever works best for you.

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Thanks for the help Mike!
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All you need is a push block to help guide your work across the jig. The method I use is a simple one. I took a piece of scrap 4 x 4 about 6" long and ran one pass over the jig. I set the groove on the fence and I have a nice stable guide to keep the wood in position. I also cut one piece at a time. The push block also helps prevent tear out on the back side of the wood. If you own more than one size jig simply rotate your 4 x 4 and repeat the process. Mark the size you are working with on top of the push block. There are photos of other fancier push blocks members have designed, and this is a matter of personal choice. What ever works best for you.

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Welcome to the Router Forums JOBOO. Glad you found this site. Hope you get your router system going. Good luck.




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Welcome Joboo. You can't go wrong with the Oak Park table set up. You don't have to have it to use the box jigs but it sure works nice and a simple and versatile table!

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