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Longtime lurker here with a request for help.

I recently purchased a Rockler ProMaxRT Cast-Iron router top (stand-alone version) along with an Incra Master Lift II-R and a Porter Cable 7518 in the hopes I could use and enjoy this package well into my retirement. My current project will be our kitchen re-do and I'd like to be able to reliably and safely produce rail/stile doors with raised panels, which I guess is one of my biggest concerns about getting a sturdy, precise fence.

But I'm finding I'm kind of limited in the choice of fence I can use with this top. Some fences offer incredibly accurate adjustments, but I can't find one that fits this top.

Anyone out there have any suggestions that could offer some insight? I feel like if I'm in this deep already I don't want to be limited by the fence. Should I choose a different top so I could choose from more fences? I chose the cast iron top because my shop area is not A/C and I live in coastal SE Florida. Humidity would kill MDF in no time, and I've read here that the 7518 would cause sagging long-term in most tops.
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Hey, Poplar; this is the one that pops up when you Google your top...
Bench DogŪ Router Table Pro Fence 32" | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
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DaninVan, Yes, thank you that seems like the only choice available to me. I tried woodpeckers, along with others and seem to be striking out.

Has anyone used this top in conjunction with a top quality fence system, say the Incra LS or the like?
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Why not make your own? The cast-in T tracks are universal.
All you need is a plan and few bits of hardware.

"Dual-Track (with Universal T-track AND standard miter slot) is machined directly into the table's surface - true one-piece construction"
https://www.amazon.com/Eagle-America...SIN=B011IKV306
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Hello Poplarguy - when you get a chance, update your profile and at the very least, put in a name you'd like to be called.

Have you considered building your own fence - here's a pic of a fence I built - has two sliding faces to close up the gap around the bit. The fence just clamps to the router table at both ends.
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The reviews are kind of interesting, they point to weaknesses in the face of the fence (MDF) and the lockdown method (easily slips), the relatively low fence height. But each seem fairly easy to fix to me. a couple of strips of non friction tape could eliminate the squealing as you move it. Cut a slot in the taller fence front to install T-track for featherboards or accessories. So it seems you must make your own, adapt anothe brand to your table or put up with this one, which is on sale just now for $129. The reviews suggest fixes for its weak points.
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Here's one from the archive...
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...tml#post211983
Obviously you'd want laminated material as you point out the humidity will wreck MDF (personally don't like MDF anyway).
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Vince's is virtually identical to mine. Works very well and the dust collection also works well. When you need to make a fine adjustment I make a pencil mark as close to the fence as I can and then only loosen and adjust one side. Since you are only moving one side the adjustment is only 1/2 that much at the bit so you can make some pretty fine adjustments that way without needing extra hardware.

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@Poplarguy - Using that fence and this router table, I just finished making rail and stile panels (8) and drawer fronts (6) for a kitchen island for a relative. No issues. Of course I used my Bosch 1617.
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Guys, thanks for the input. I did think of using the recommended one and changing the MDF, but thought if there was a better one that fit without having to mod it would be simpler. The thought of building one really didn't hit my mind until some of you posted, and it's good to know that if I chose that route they'd be reliable.

I'm going to check a few other manufacturers and see if there is a way to adapt it, if I find other options I'll re-post here in the hopes it might help those in the future.

Seems crazy there is not a "standard" for these so you could pick and choose what you wanted to use across brands.
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