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I am building new fence and wanted to know the benefit of siding cheeks
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These allow you to get support as close to the cutter as possible, which gives you more control and less tear-out.
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Hi Ron

An alternative (or better, an addition) is to use a sacrificial fence - this is a piece of 6mm MDF or plywood whiich is fixed to the face of the fence. To use it the fence is drawn forwards to clear the cutter, the sacrificial fence attached and the fence pushed back with the router running so that it plunges through the sacrificial fence to form a "zero clearance" fence. Once cut the router is switched off and the fence fixed in position before taking the cuts. Standard practice on industrial (spindle) moulders

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I am building new fence and wanted to know the benefit of siding cheeks
Welcome to the forum, Ron.

The only benefit I can see is to be able to adjust the width of the opening for different cutters.

I like Phil's suggestion.

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Phil.....sounds interesting. Do you by any chance have a photo of this setup? I'm not quite understanding what is meant by pushing the fence back. Ji
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This string is interesting and I'll watch for more detail.
Would any of you gents be able to suggest where I might find some plans or good explanation and maybe even some photos of a table fence?

Just finishing off a home built table and now thinking and looking for some guidance with a fence for it. Thanks gents.....

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Interestingly enough, INCRA suggest you only use the right hand side of the fence for the zero clearance and leave the left as is. I've always cut out various shaped templates from MDF to wedge in between my fence gap to make the zero clearance fence but now I'm going to try the right-only approach.
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Interestingly enough, INCRA suggest you only use the right hand side of the fence for the zero clearance and leave the left as is. I've always cut out various shaped templates from MDF to wedge in between my fence gap to make the zero clearance fence but now I'm going to try the right-only approach.
Makes sense, close support would be useful as the bit leaves the work to prevent chipout. On the out feed side, you wouldn't want a gap wide enough for the work to get off line enough to catch at the start of the fence, but a 1/8inch clearance from fence end to nearest point on bit would be OK, particularly with a slight chamfer at the bit end of the face.
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This design was a culmination of features I wanted to add on my first version and I am so glad I did... the new fence is sweet!
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