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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2009, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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My name is Joe I'm from MN. I'm a newbe, I retired & have always wonted to make my owne arts and craft funitur. So I'm asembling good used tools to do the job. As I start small I thought of useing my router table as a jointer. Thats why I'm asking about fences that do this.

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Welcome Joe. You could use a split fence. and set it so you would take the thickness of a thin poster board thickness. then on the outboard fence. attach a piece of poster board to the fence, so you take up the area where the board was just cut off. That will keep the board straight when cutting

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Hi Joe. As a fellow Minnesotan I'd like to say welcome to router forums. In the many posts on this site you'll find all sorts of great info concerning the use of routers including using them to make furniture. Hope you find what your looking for. Tim
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Greetings Joe and welcome to the forum. There are so many different router tables and fences that I will leave that with the pro's. We are glad to have you here on the forum.

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I spent some time watching David Marks on wood works from the DIY channel and I decided after I bought Norm Abrams' router table plans to scrap the router table and put the table in my table saw so that I had the same fence for both (ala David Marks). Works great. I picked up a double track from Rockler and I'm set. I did however build a router fence like the one in Norm's plans and just attach it to the table saw fence and it works great. I don't have any pictures but I can always take some is someone would like to see it. It looks neat! I went to a cabinet shop and bought a piece of scrap lamanent that is purple. Hey cheap is cheap

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Howdy, Joe, and welcome to the forum.

As to using your router table as a jointer, I think the trick is to apply the same "tuning" issues encountered with jointers. That is, make sure the outfeed section of the fence remains parallel or co-planar to the infeed side, and the trim cutter is precisely aligned with the surface of the outfeed segment. Otherwise, one is replicating all of the problems associated with poorly tuned jointers.

One approach is to "shim" the outfeed segment with a sheet of material that is of uniform and known thickness. That might be 1/16" or even 1/32" thick, which then becomes the depth of the cut, similar to the settings on a jointer.

If the router table split fence is constructed to be in two layers, one "fixed" (the part that actually attaches to the table top) and one moveable (the surface against which the work piece glides), the "shim" can be placed between the layers on the outfeed section.

Of course, all of this assumes that the fence is precisely square to the surface of the router table top.

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