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I know there has been a zillion threads on tables and fences but ---.
I am building my table and the design of attaching the fence to the table is still not settled in my mind. I am trying to decide in installing T-Tracks or having the fence extend over the sides with a hand knob bolt through clamp to secure to the table. This would be similar to using a C clamp on the edges.

Any pros and cons of these two approaches would be appreciated.

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I cant give my opinion on either of those attachment methods because I haven't used a table with either of them. Right i use my table saw fence with the router fence clamped to it.

I am building a new table/cabinet and I am leaning towards the idea of using t tracks and two knobs to lock the fence down. As long as you get the tracks installed nice and square I don't see how that method could go wrong.

I have seen some people talking about swing fences though. I don't even know what a swing fence is or how they operate, so maybe someone could shed some light on them.
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WoodHaven makes and sells a small clamp fixture for their own router table fence. But it can be used on any fence. The limitation is that the top must overhang the base unit to allow the clamp to grab the top on the left & right sides.

Go to their website. (woodhaven.com). Call for specifics if you are in doubt. You are looking at about $12 I believe.

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Hello Don,
Just my two cents... (As a sometimes hobby wood butcher)
After seeing how simple Bob and Rick did things on RWS, I find C-clamps on a fence (including a custom fence) works just fine. Everything is/remains adjustable!
No need for anything to be 'square' - just a controlled feed past the bit.
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Hi Rob


The swing fence is just a OP fence on steroids no c-clamps needed,just one pivot point and one lock down device, but it can be used like the normal way also..but I'm not a real big fan of the track way or the slots in the top..they like to jam alot of the time..the dust will fill the tracks up in no time..

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I cant give my opinion on either of those attachment methods because I haven't used a table with either of them. Right i use my table saw fence with the router fence clamped to it.

I am building a new table/cabinet and I am leaning towards the idea of using t tracks and two knobs to lock the fence down. As long as you get the tracks installed nice and square I don't see how that method could go wrong.

I have seen some people talking about swing fences though. I don't even know what a swing fence is or how they operate, so maybe someone could shed some light on them.


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I would just have a loose fence that hangs over just enough to clamp down with clamps for usual jobs, and make a split fence with side rails like your talking about for jointing.
The bit only cuts where it's closest to the fence so it really doesn't matter what you use for regular routing as long as it's straight, hold's strong, and you have clearance for chips and your bit.
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Clamps. No grooves or holes to weaken the top or get clogged up with dust.
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I went with t-track. My table is about 3 feet long and can be used for other purposes.
Clamping from the sides would mean walking around to both sides of the table to make any major adjustments or to remove the fence. With t-track and knobs I do it all from one location and can slide the fence to the back and off the table with ease. Clamping on the ends would require me to make the fence the full width of the table as well which has it's own problems. This all really depends on the size of your table and fence though.

A lot of people say just use c-clamps but for me they would be a nuisance and have to be constantly repositioned. I would much prefer a mechanism that does not fall off the table when I loosen it up or separate from the fence when I take it off the table.

The one problem I have clamping down with t-track is that I used melamine for the base of the fence and have a formica top on the table and the two tend to slip against each other even when I clamp down tight. I am going to have to do something on the bottom of the fence to give it a bit more friction.

As for dust in the channels, yes it happens. How clean will you keep your table? I have dust collection to the box surrounding the router below and to the fence. I am thinking of adding a small hose to hang off the side of the table with a blast gate so when done routing I just switch the gate and grab the hose for table top cleanup.

The additional possible beneft for t-track in the table is for non-routing use. My table is of a good size for other work and the t-track offers a good means of clamping things down onto the table.
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