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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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My router table doesn't have a miter slot.
When building cabinets, the router table was used quite extensively.
I've probable made over a 1000 separate cope and stick joints and other end grain profiles with a simple shop made sled.
I've made tens of dozens of finger jointed or box jointed drawer boxes and routed another several dozen corner spline slots, all without a miter gauge.
Now, the largest case work I do may be humidors and gun cases. The router table continues to be a very important tool, one I'd be hard pressed do without. Still haven't found the utility of a miter slot.
What am I missing?

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I would say that the only thing you are missing is a deduction from your checking account.

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Hi Gene

I think it's ok , I think it's a newbie thing,most want to use the router table safe and that's ok in my book,it's like buying a bike and saying I should get a pair of cloves too..most will not use them in time but some will..

I have been using the router table for a long time and I have my share of sleds and now and than I use the tee track...but most of the time I use it for holding a fixture...


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My router table doesn't have a miter slot.
When building cabinets, the router table was used quite extensively.
I've probable made over a 1000 separate cope and stick joints and other end grain profiles with a simple shop made sled.
I've made tens of dozens of finger jointed or box jointed drawer boxes and routed another several dozen corner spline slots, all without a miter gauge.
Now, the largest case work I do may be humidors and gun cases. The router table continues to be a very important tool, one I'd be hard pressed do without. Still haven't found the utility of a miter slot.
What am I missing?



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Hi Gene - doesn't sound like you're missing a thing. Personally, I like having one. It's a handy place to clamp jigs and fixtures. The top I have now has a combo slot which makes it nice as I can use the same featherboard setups on the router table as well as the table saw. They allow clamping jigs closer to the bit also. Haven't used the miter guage in it yet. Kind of a work habit thing I think. If you have never used one, you wont miss it but if you are used to working with one you will miss it.

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Gene, I think what you are missing is the joy of the miter slot catching at lease some of the waste, allowing you to brush it off to the sides of the table, instead of off onto your shoes.

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Thanks guys. I feel validated!
I guess, aside from Marco and Ralph's observations, all I'm missing is the NEED for a miter slot.

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While I don't use it much, I have used it when cutting across the end of a narrow board.
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Have only used mine for feather boards. On the fence I use it for feather boards & start & stop blocks. But if it wasn't there I can work around that.

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Hi Gene:

You're not missing anything.

I've said it before and I'll say it again:miter slots are purely optional on router tables.

Sure, they can be a convenience at times, but one can do just as well without the slots. Fences or table edges can do just as well as slots.

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Gene, I do have and use a T-track for feather boards on the router table as well as the fence but opted to use non-miter slot sleds/jigs when the need arises. A miter slot seemed to be an expense that could be avoided plus I wouldn't be tempted to buy the "New and Improved Latest Gizmo" that's now 50% off with free shipping!!!!

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