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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2020, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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Default Been sloooooooowly working on a router table.

...since '17 I think? 😮
My thinking and designing process is slower than Karo Syrup in Montana in February.
Now that the table is nearing completion, l bought a 30 inch length of 3" X 3" X 3/32" angle aluminum for my router fence.
OK, that $12 purchase was a lot less than some fancy extruded name brand. It's a fence.
I of course want a split fence.
So my new purchase is two sections of anodized aluminum.

It's hardening right now.


It's two layers of 1 1/4" anodised aluminum square stock. I stuck them together one above the other with GB Weld Original, not the Quick stuff.... It's clamped together.
The 1 1/4" square tubular stock was flawlessly flat. Two layers stacked upon themselves should be an ideal split fence, About 2!1/4'"
Yes, just it's just some square stock, but being anodized, and carefully adhering two pieces of it together on the same plane (flat) will make a great split fence. It will be about n
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This is just the split fence. I just didn't want wood.
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This is the fence.
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This is the split part I was attempting to describe. It's a bit on the thick side, but the pieces glued up perfectly true and square. Might need to fill the open ends to keep them from getting wood chips inside. I haven't cut the hole in the fence for bit clearance and dust collection yet. I'll need to cut some slots in the fence to attach the split fence parts.
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I have a light colored piece of Formica to put on the lift plate, but I think I need to enlarge the hole. It's only 1 5/8".
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Couple of points: First, Attach some sort of suction to the ends of the split fence. Take advantage of the opportunity to extract sawdust from right near the bit. Second, cut two, 4-inch slots in the L bracket one near the bit, the other near the end, on each side of the bit, and line up the split pieces. Then drill holes for bolts to go through the back of the split pieces, through the slots for adjusting width.

The one thing you don't have is some escape for trapped sawdust. Normally you would trim a corner off the bottom of the fence in wood. So you might use a straight piece of 1/8th aluminum below the fence trimmed slightly less than the width of the square pieces.

To remove sawdust from behind the fence, you will still need to cut an opening in the L bracket large enough for the larger bits to fit in and high enough for most bits to fit through. This might require that you reinforce the inside edges of the L bracket so it stays rigid.

None of this is hard to do, but helps explain why most shop made fances are made of wood.
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Funny you mentioned using those for dust extraction. I was thinking about that but haven't come up with an idea for connecting a hose to it because of the tubing diameter. It's 1 1/8"
I'll keep that in mind.
This 1/4" aluminum is for the reinforcements you mentioned. I'll use JB Weld and also drill and tap it in place using machine screws.
I'll use 1/4 20 screws to fasten the movable fence sections and add some knobs to tighten them with.
I appreciate the input.
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And about not using wood...... Metal is shiny. 😄
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"The one thing you don't have is some escape for trapped sawdust. Normally you would trim a corner off the bottom of the fence in wood. So you might use a straight piece of 1/8th aluminum below the fence trimmed slightly less than the width of the square pieces."

How about a strip of Formica? The tubing has a small radius.
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Looking good Randy, you are doing a good job on it.
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