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The first photo is an Oak Park router table as seen on the Router Workshop TV show. The other photos are my version which includes a dust collection fence, collet, Allen wrench and safety starting pin storage. The economy table top and the modified C clamps make this an easy project.
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That's an interesting fence. Looks to be two 1x's glued together? Then maybe hollowed out to the dust port. Maybe a routed channel? Is the whole interior hollowed? Can you explain how it's made please? Looks easy to make yet very usable. Thanks for sharing!

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Mike, you got it in one. I built this from two layers of 1 x 6" that extends over the table edges by a couple inches on each side. The reason I made this from two boards glued together was to reduce warping, I think using a 2 x 6" would not stay flat. I started by marking the center-line and cut a 2-1/4" through hole about an inch from one side. Next I used a 3/4" straight bit to cut the clearance for the bits/bearings about 1-1/2" into the opposite edge. Making multiple passes I cut the dust channel about 1-1/2" wide x 1" deep. I jointed the edge to remove the slight tear out. I trimmed the angles and removed the rough edges with a sander. This was an experiment that turned out great. This simple fence does a really good job at capturing virtually all the dust. The reason I started with the 2 x 6" width is I figured the soft pine edge will get messed up with use. This can be jointed many times to provide a clean surface. I am going to make a couple more of this style of fence: one for jointing and one with a tall board added to the edge. Quick, inexpensive, easy to swap out... I really like the concept.
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Excellent...That photo makes it perfectly clear. I'm going to make one soon. I might make mine to fit the length of my homemade table. By doing that there will probably be two different openings because my plate is way off center to the left. Without measuring, I don't think I could use the fence both vertically and horizontal with just one opening. We'll see.

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Mike, you got it in one. I built this from two layers of 1 x 6" that extends over the table edges by a couple inches on each side. The reason I made this from two boards glued together was to reduce warping, I think using a 2 x 6" would not stay flat. I started by marking the center-line and cut a 2-1/4" through hole about an inch from one side. Next I used a 3/4" straight bit to cut the clearance for the bits/bearings about 1-1/2" into the opposite edge. Making multiple passes I cut the dust channel about 1-1/2" wide x 1" deep. I jointed the edge to remove the slight tear out. I trimmed the angles and removed the rough edges with a sander. This was an experiment that turned out great. This simple fence does a really good job at capturing virtually all the dust. The reason I started with the 2 x 6" width is I figured the soft pine edge will get messed up with use. This can be jointed many times to provide a clean surface. I am going to make a couple more of this style of fence: one for jointing and one with a tall board added to the edge. Quick, inexpensive, easy to swap out... I really like the concept.
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I made a fence like yours last week and it really sucks up the chips. Couldn't believe how well it worked. I did screw up though and will make another. When I built it, I centered the dust hole and the channel to it in the center of the fence. Opps, my plate is not centered but rather offset to the left and the front. I only made a 1" overhang on the fence length so it must be almost perfectly parallel with the table in order to have enough length to clamp it. I only made a short one to go the depth of the table, not the length. As it does work so well, I will be building another soon. Also made the front opening a bit wide. It wants to catch the workpiece on the exit end.

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Mike, why not add a vertical section to create a tall fence on the front? Add a couple of triangles on the back side to support it (gussets) and keep it square to the table. Cut a smaller hole in the face and all is good.

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The pull out trays in the table will store your collets on dowels; you can drill holes for 1/4" or 1/2" bit shanks; I included a hole for my centering pin and a small trough with a hole to keep the bearing/collar/table leveling Allen wrench in. Storing your guide bushings right where you need them is a handy solution.
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Good idea for the guide bushings :-)
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