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Almost done with my mini, portable, test router table that I'm building to see what I like, don't like, and can improve on before I cut a hole in my table saw extension for the "real one".

Anyway, the last thing to do is build a fence. I've been looking at designs ranging from minimalist, to "Champy Tool 2" ( A very, very, very sophisticated router table !) and it occured to me that instead of having a split sliding face fence, I could make a fixed fence that uses different inserts to control the opening around the bit, including "sacraficial" pieces that could be used again.

My question: Am I missing something?

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I will be starting on my table soon and i will go for the sliding fence, main reason for me is that if i had a fence for different bits, they would soon mount upto a very large collection, plus changing it everytime you use it.

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I will be starting on my table soon and i will go for the sliding fence, main reason for me is that if i had a fence for different bits, they would soon mount upto a very large collection, plus changing it everytime you use it.

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I'm thinking that I would only need a few inserts since each could be used for several bits of approximately the same size. When really mecessary, I would use a sacraficial insert that I could keep, or toss.

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ur welcome RJM60, I am only a newbie myself as far as using a router table, i have used a handheld router for years, but due to the body not working right anymore lol, i'll have to start using a table, as i can't do what i used to be able to anymore.

Some of the guys and gals who have more experience with using a table for their router will know more about it than me. Good luck on the build and hope you sort it out ok.

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Almost done with my mini, portable, test router table that I'm building to see what I like, don't like, and can improve on before I cut a hole in my table saw extension for the "real one".

Anyway, the last thing to do is build a fence. I've been looking at designs ranging from minimalist, to "Champy Tool 2" and it occured to me that instead of having a split sliding face fence, I could make a fixed fence that uses different inserts to control the opening around the bit, including "sacraficial" pieces that could be used again.

My question: Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance.
Are you saying just the face of the fence is stationary or the entire fence?
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Almost done with my mini, portable, test router table that I'm building to see what I like, don't like, and can improve on before I cut a hole in my table saw extension for the "real one".

Anyway, the last thing to do is build a fence. I've been looking at designs ranging from minimalist, to "Champy Tool 2" ( A very, very, very sophisticated router table !) and it occured to me that instead of having a split sliding face fence, I could make a fixed fence that uses different inserts to control the opening around the bit, including "sacraficial" pieces that could be used again.

My question: Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance.
insertable zero clearance profiles?

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insertable zero clearance profiles?
Either a zero clearance insert to fit the bit exactly, or a standard insert depending on the bit. For example, for a 1/2" bit, the insert openeing would be around 5/8".

Would a 1/16" gap on either side of the bit be an issue? I imagine that a fence with sliding faces could get closer but is this necessary?
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sommerfeld tools offers something along those lines..

Zero Clearance Inserts-New Top-Sommerfeld's Tools For Wood

I don't think that a sliding fence would be required...I'd just be careful introducing the blank to the bit for the first time...

I'd wait and see what some of the 'experts' think about whatcha got in mind....*S*

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Are you saying just the face of the fence is stationary or the entire fence?
The fence location (distance from the bit) would still be adjustable but the face would be one piece with a 4-1/2" wide replaceable insert where the bit is. I was thinking a replaceable insert would be nice for when zero clearance is required and it got me thinking. If I incorporate this, then why would I need sliding split faces; I could just make a few more inserts and eliminate the complexity of having sliding faces and a replaceable insert.

Another option: Have a sliding split face and provisions for attaching a zero clearance insert. Adds the complexity of the sliding faces (not all that complex though).

Or, have sliding faces and use them to hold a zero clearance insert. Would add complexity to the insert.

Or, have a sliding split face without provisions for an insert and just attach a sacraficial piece of MDF to the entire front of fence when necessary. The drawback to this is it uses a bigger piece of wood (i.e. a sacraficial fence would be as long as the fence, versus an insert that is only 4-1/2" long).
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How are you planning on holding the inserts in? Anything could cause misalignment
I'd stick with the split fence. Easy to set up,easy to check for alignment.
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