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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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I have never set my fence more than an inch behind the bit (it's normally set so that the wood rides on the bearing) but have seen fences that will go at least 7 or 8 inches past the bit. For what purpose would this be? The only thing that comes to mind is a dado and how often or useful would that be necessary? I have to build a secondary fence so if I need to make it go farther back then this is the time to do it.
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Art, there are many uses where the fence is pulled back. Dado cuts is one, using a sled to make profile cuts on the end of a board is another... imagination is the key to discovering new uses for your router. It is a good idea to build a sacrifical top for your table; this can be held in place with wooden strips on the bottom that keep it located. This makes it easy to use your table like a bench with no worry of damaging it. I found a couple of the specialty router table designs in Patrick Spielman's book to be inspirational: the horizontal tilting table and the vertical tilting table. Check out this excerpt from the book.
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I most often move the fence back for joinery such as box and dovetail where the stock is held "upright" and clamped to a sliding jig. Usually remove my stock fence and go with an Incra positioner that's clamped to the table for these operations.

Some long dado/groove work can be done but one needs to be careful of kickback, where the spinning cutter can pinch the workpiece against the fence.
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