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I'm building my first router table fence.

On the face plates of the fence near the router bit it looks like most of the home built fence pictures I've seen there are angled back cuts where the
faces close in on the router bit. Should I make to cuts to my adjustable face plates?


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I just left mine straight but I slotted the faces so that I could open and close the gap to fit different bits.
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Straight will work just fine... all depends on how fancy you want to get. I've seen some made with an angle on them... and replaceable center pieces with corresponding angles. This way you can make true zero clearance fences. Cut thru the center piece with the bit. Can cut 2 openings on one side, flip center piece over and cut 2 more. Bobj3(RIP) made several like this.. I'm sure the pics are still in his profile, but he's got so many to choose from I don't have time to go thru them at the moment.
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Make a split sliding fence.
Not much extra work, fun to build, and very useful because not only can you adjust the gap to fit the cutter, you can pack out the outfeed fence and hey presto, you have a jointer.
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For me, on the other hand, figure a clamped chunk of 2X4 will answer any router fence needs I may have.

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"a clamped chunk of 2X4 will answer any router fence needs I may have".

Add a notch in the middle to get the fence to surround the router bit to be adjustable for edge routing, plus a couple of clamps and you have a great fence.

I used one of these for years before building a good router table and fence. The router table that went with it was a just 2 X 3' piece of plywood with a 2" center hole and mounting holes to attach the router. I used to clamp the back edge of the plywood to my work bench when I needed to use it. I made a lot of good projects with that router table and 2 X 4 fence 50+ years ago. It was a great way to get started with my first B&D 1 hp 1/4" router. I used it for years before replacing it.

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Bryan - here's some pics of the fence I made - posted in another thread. I did miter the forward parts to be able to get as close to the bit as possible, while still allowing some space behind it for dust collection. You can see that the outfeed fence has a piece of laminate to bump the fence out for joining. The panel at the back of the fence allowed me to attach it to my table saw fence when my router was in the extension wing of the TS.

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[QUOTE=vchiarelli;1443762] The panel at the back of the fence allowed me to attach it to my table saw fence when my router was in the extension wing of the TS.


So that's what that piece is for. Other than that yours and mine are identical in design. There are so many bits and such different working heights from one to the next that the idea of fitting the ends to provide zero clearance is pretty much impossible without some replaceable sacrificial piece in the middle and there are only a few instances where you might need it like machining the ends of the rails on cupboard doors or using a lock miter bit.
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Bryan - here's some pics of the fence I made - posted in another thread. I did miter the forward parts to be able to get as close to the bit as possible, while still allowing some space behind it for dust collection. You can see that the outfeed fence has a piece of laminate to bump the fence out for joining. The panel at the back of the fence allowed me to attach it to my table saw fence when my router was in the extension wing of the TS.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...tml#post670106

That looks good Vince. What material are you using on your out feed side when you want to shim it out?
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The panel at the back of the fence allowed me to attach it to my table saw fence when my router was in the extension wing of the TS.


So that's what that piece is for. Other than that yours and mine are identical in design. There are so many bits and such different working heights from one to the next that the idea of fitting the ends to provide zero clearance is pretty much impossible without some replaceable sacrificial piece in the middle and there are only a few instances where you might need it like machining the ends of the rails on cupboard doors or using a lock miter bit.
Yup thats when I use it too for making lock miters. but mine is just square on the ends and the 2 sides just hold it in place.
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