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I'm very new to routing and this is my first project. I'm essentially building a box out of HDPE, which is held by screws.

I'm cutting grooves in 1/2 HDPE plastic board using 31/64" router bit. When I measure the bit, it comes out to 0.4885" and when I measure the board, it comes out to 0.495", so I have about 1/100" difference.
I can't really wedge it in, it should be snug, but removable.
I don't have a micro-adjuster, so I was doing the tiniest bumps on the fence, but it's very imprecise.
Is there a technique I could use to get the precision I need?

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That's how I do it. Try it on scrap wood until you get the fit right.
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Put an appropriate spacer between piece and fence (card, tape, paper, etc), butt to fence, clamp piece, remove spacer, move fence to piece, turn on, make sawdust...

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2 things.

1) Typically there's no 1/1 relationship between cutter diameter and the cutter pathway width. Way way too many variables to chase here.

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2) NickP has the solution.

Unless you have something like this:
A fence that adjusts continuously and is monitored x travel gage.
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Quillman, that's very impressive fence.

Thank you Nick, I will try that.
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2 things.

1) Typically there's no 1/1 relationship between cutter diameter and the cutter pathway width. Way way too many variables to chase here.

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2) NickP has the solution.

Unless you have something like this:
A fence that adjusts continuously and is monitored x travel gage.
Holy smoke, what a gem. Do you have a name for that thing? Or is it a custom one off?
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Holy smoke, what a gem. Do you have a name for that thing? Or is it a custom one off?
+1 That is awesome!! Where can I get one? What is it called? And what do you use it for? That doesn't matter, I want one!!!
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HDPE -UHMW and most of the poly type of plastic are HEAT sensitive which might be your culprit. Try slowing the speed of the router down a bit.
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"Holy smoke, what a gem. Do you have a name for that thing? Or is it a custom one off?"
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It's an evolutionary thing, like last year's car; this year's always sees changes.
That thing started as a router table fence. Then when I understood how to move it back & forth I made a couple of prototypes for the drill press. Then I standardized the parts. It's essentially for drilling and positioning. I call it a Drill Press Fence.
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"Holy smoke, what a gem. Do you have a name for that thing? Or is it a custom one off?"
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It's an evolutionary thing, like last year's car; this year's always sees changes.
That thing started as a router table fence. Then when I understood how to move it back & forth I made a couple of prototypes for the drill press. Then I standardized the parts. It's essentially for drilling and positioning. I call it a Drill Press Fence.
You know, considering all the money I waste on food and other essentially useless junk, like gasoline for instance...that's not bad.

Think I would mount mine in an expensive looking glass case with gold trimmed stuff around the outside. I have my thinking cap on.
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