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Is anyone using an after market digital readout? Is it worth it? I was trying to route some lock joints this morning . One Horizontal and one vertical cut required. A very fussy set up to get it dead on. I get lost when using my scissor jack lifter . I think a digital readout would make it easier to zero in.

Seems like Wixley and Quint make units for Table routers but not sure how they tolerate dust,especially MDF which I use for test cuts.
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HI

Wixley are nice but you don't need to put out the big bucks for one.

I use one on the router table and the planer and they work great.

http://www.amazon.com/iGaging-DigiMA...1234030&sr=1-2
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Is anyone using an after market digital readout? Is it worth it? I was trying to route some lock joints this morning . One Horizontal and one vertical cut required. A very fussy set up to get it dead on. I get lost when using my scissor jack lifter . I think a digital readout would make it easier to zero in.

Seems like Wixley and Quint make units for Table routers but not sure how they tolerate dust,especially MDF which I use for test cuts.



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I have the beall tilt box and like it here is a good read about the waxey also i bet you will go with the beall tilt box

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I use the same digital readout that bobj3 mentioned. I mounted it directly to my router lift. I find it most useful when I am setting cut depth. I'll set the router for the final depth, hit zero, then lower it and make several passes until I get back to zero.

It works really well. The sending unit is sealed I believe it works the same was a set of digital calipers do. I haven't had a problem with dust yet.
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I just bought a 12" DRO, myself, to use on a miter fence. I've not mounted it yet, but I have tried it out, and it works okay. It comes with mounting hardware, and mine was made by iGauging. I bought it from a seller on eBay, and got a good price on it, new in the box for around $40.00. The inch scale reads out in 1000'ths and fractions, plus it has zeroing, and metric capability. On these, you can mount the digital readout anywhere you want, and I think it has around two feet of wire to connect the two pieces.

I wanted a miter fence that I could split hairs with, and I'll put some photos on here when I get it done. I'm using an Incra V27 miter gauge to put the fence on, and constructing the fence from wood, and aluminum T-Track. It will have a fine adjustment on it, so I can adjust it to 0.001" anywhere along its length. Using a fine adjustment, I should be able to do joints with precision spacing by just centering the work stop with the bit.

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Have you tried a zero clearance insert for your fence. Had the same conserns years ago, When I built the inserted wood fence for the front of my router saw's fence i built in to the inside of both a means of installing different inserts, & then labeled them and set them into the storage drawer.. The very importain key here is to make sure the insert has a base line level off of your table top. Then after you have set your bit to it's EXACT tried & true height, slowely bring your fence forward making a zero clearance insert, and,,,a template for later down the road set-up.
i do not, nor can not, understand for the life of me, why there isnt more guys that use zero clearance inserts for the router fence. It is not something new just out of the box. Once a fence is designed to accept a certain L & W to lock them in, its just a matter of sawing several (Lots) out on the TS.
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Have you tried a zero clearance insert for your fence. Had the same conserns years ago, When I built the inserted wood fence for the front of my router saw's fence i built in to the inside of both a means of installing different inserts, & then labeled them and set them into the storage drawer.. The very importain key here is to make sure the insert has a base line level off of your table top. Then after you have set your bit to it's EXACT tried & true height, slowely bring your fence forward making a zero clearance insert, and,,,a template for later down the road set-up.
i do not, nor can not, understand for the life of me, why there isnt more guys that use zero clearance inserts for the router fence. It is not something new just out of the box. Once a fence is designed to accept a certain L & W to lock them in, its just a matter of sawing several (Lots) out on the TS.
Do you (or anyone here) have a picture? That would help.
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Just rcvd email on this deal.. thought I'd pass it along!

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rw17532,
Yelp, just so happens that this guy is by far a beter teacher than I. Asuming you had never been exposed to zero clearance, its used on table saws, skill saws, band saws,,,,,,

Although his method,,,,,ahhhhh, well is not quite what I did, but once you set up the table saw for a cut to make for his type of fence, why not run threw several extras while standing there. But also his works very good indead !!! I have a center locking into place piece, by the wedgeing of sliding the two sides into the center & screwing them down tight. Then when thru, simply remove the section label and store.

Zero Clearance Router Table Fence - YouTube

Now here is a company that had the for site many years ago that included a method of a quick & easy (and similar to mine) of zero clearance inserts, contrary to that rip off company,,, Incra.,,,,,,,,At the site, drop down and click on, "Smartfence with 4 pro file inserts,,,,"

Jointech Router Table Fence - iTools Company

What'ch think ?????????

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Jointech is pretty much out of business as far as I can tell. Requested literature, never received a reply. Google search not encouraging!

Just sent off another request for catalog/inquiry. Will update if any response. By the way their website has not been updated since Nov 2011.

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