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I need to install a table fence to my bench top router table. The table is 500mmx500mm. I need to know what is the best material to use and the easiest way to install it.
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A couple of choices are to make your own entirely out of MDF, or to buy steel or aluminum angle as the foundation, and attach MDF face panels.

Attaching it can be as simple as a couple of C-clamps, or via T-bolts, either in T-tracks or through slots in the table top.

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The fence foundation is 3/8"x3" aluminum angle. The face pieces are shellac-sealed MDF. Attachment is via T-bolts.

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Or, do as Bob and Rick do and just use a strip of UHMW plastic and clamp it.
I made one similar to Ralph's and it works fine.

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The fence foundation is 3/8"x3" aluminum angle.
Ralph,
I was considering doing this same thing, and was going to use a router to make the slots and cut out for the bit in aluminum. Did you use a router to machine the aluminum?

Thanks!
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Hi Darrin

If you are in the states I'm not to sure you would want to make you own, they are cheap and you can get it at your front door in about 5 days.

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I was considering doing this same thing, and was going to use a router to make the slots and cut out for the bit in aluminum. Did you use a router to machine the aluminum?

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I was considering doing this same thing, and was going to use a router to make the slots and cut out for the bit in aluminum. Did you use a router to machine the aluminum?

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I just drilled the corners of the cutout, and connected the dots with a saw. The slots, I drilled then routed in small increments, depth-wise.

The 3/8"x3"x36" aluminum angle cost me about $28.

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Thanks Ralph

The table fence looks great, it gives me a good idea of how to go about it. I will be attempting to make one this weekend.
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onlinemetals.com sells metal by the pc. you can get :

3" (A) x 3" (B) x 3/8" (C) 6061 T6 ANGLE

aluminum in a three foot pc. for 31.51

check it out
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Hi Mike

Thanks for that, however have gone down the MDF fence route for this first one. Also, not everyone lives in the USA...
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Think scrap yard, TONS of Alum. by the pound.

I would think a 3" x 3" x 3/8" would be about 4.oo they use that size for window/door frames in comm.building..

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onlinemetals.com sells metal by the pc. you can get :

3" (A) x 3" (B) x 3/8" (C) 6061 T6 ANGLE

aluminum in a three foot pc. for 31.51

check it out



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