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I've got my router table built and now I'm trying to decide what type of fence to build. I was wondering if people could share their thoughts and pictures of what they have. I'm trying to decide if I should cut slots in my table to clamp down the fence or if I should build the fence to wrap around the sides of the table and clamp it down that way. What does everyone think? What kind of material do you suggest also?
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I built mine with MDF, Birch ply, and laminate. The cheeks slide on slots. The fence is attached into T tracks. I can't remember where I got the design plans but they are available, somewhere.
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Hello Todd ! I an setting up as well, but i like the clamps. I think that it is easier to tap the fence over with a tap. I like the design of westend. It allows dust pick-up. I am leaning towards that type of fence. Remember that unlike a table saw, the fence does not have to align to a blade.

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Todd,
I built the table and fence described in Issue 99 of American Woodworker (Mar 03). You can view the plans on their website (you'll have to create a user account first). It was easy to build. All of the adjustments are tool-free. It clamps into T-tracks placed into the edges of the table, but could be clamped in a variety of ways to accommodate your table. Good luck!

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Todd, you have to decide if you are going with the whistles and bells approach with lots of expensive store bought add ons or the Router Workshop "Keep it simple" method. Both ways work. Below you will see photos of the fence I built for my first table. The plan was included with two versions of the router table in ShopNotes #1. You can also view the table and fence on PBS by watching The WoodSmith Shop, they use 3 of these tables. Any time you drill holes or mount T tracks in your table for attachments you are limiting their use. By simply clamping your fence or featherboards to the table you have infinite adjustment possibilities. It is also much faster to remove these items from the table for set ups. Custom fences for special jobs need not have the fittings to match up with track mounting systems either, just clamp them in place.
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Build a fence incorporating a hollow box. Cap one end, and dust exracton port at the other, sucking dust at source at the cutter.
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Hello Todd ! I an setting up as well, but i like the clamps. I think that it is easier to tap the fence over with a tap. I like the design of westend. It allows dust pick-up. I am leaning towards that type of fence. Remember that unlike a table saw, the fence does not have to align to a blade.
I'm a tapper, too, Howard. I've found that I can set one fence bolt to position and swing the other side of the fence as I wish. To do repeatable rabbets where I have to make a few passes, I stick a piece of masking tape along the edge of the table and mark the final fence "swing" position. I can then swing the fence out and start to make small passes, swinging the fence towards the final mark.

I actually don't use the fence dust port too much. I found that 95% of the dust and chips go below. I found this vent at my local HD (attached pic) and it allows my 4" dust collection hose to clamp on. The vent went through a grillectomy, recently, as chips were not passing thriugh the grill. I also drilled three air holes in the plexi door to allow for the proper suction. The dust collector is a thing of beauty, no more sweeping of the router table when I'm done.
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