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I noticed that the Bill Hylton, in his book on router tables, said that a miter slot on the table top is "completely unnecessary." I'm fairly new to table-mounted routing (also I've been a woodworker for many years) and I've already used a miter gauge to cut dadoes in small pieces. (The first thing I learned was that you really have to told the workpiece tight to the miter gauge because the cut wants to wander.)

I'd be interested to hear other router-users' thoughts on the necessity or non-necessity of the miter slot and miter gauge.
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Mr. Hylton is correct.
A properly constructed sled with, a clamp or two, (some don't even use one clamp) riding against the fence is a far safer option for cutting dados or end profiles such as cope and stick.

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As one who learned router use first from the Router Workshop TV series, in my opinion, a miter slot is useless.

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I have no miter slot on my router table....
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I use mine for holding featherboards

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Like others before me, no miter slot in my table. No need. Straight edges on the table top. Straight fence.

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I noticed that the Bill Hylton, in his book on router tables, said that a miter slot on the table top is "completely unnecessary." I'm fairly new to table-mounted routing (also I've been a woodworker for many years) and I've already used a miter gauge to cut dadoes in small pieces. (The first thing I learned was that you really have to told the workpiece tight to the miter gauge because the cut wants to wander.)

I'd be interested to hear other router-users' thoughts on the necessity or non-necessity of the miter slot and miter gauge.
Hi David -
Do I need a miter slot - NO
Did I want a miter slot - YES
I got in the habit of using the miter slot on the table and the t-slot in the fence to attach featherboards and other devices that when I tried using a table without one, I found it frustrating and immediately put one in. Haven't actually used it with a miter guage though.

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I'm with Warren and John, for featherboard use.

When possible, I like to have featherboards before during and after the cut.

I also use them attached to the fence for downward pressure, but that has nothing to do with a miter slot. :"^)

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I built My own table, and I did not want one, and I am glad I didn't

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