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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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I have finally received my bench vice so I should be able to get cracking on finishing it as soon as my band saw tires arrive.

Anyway I digress, last night I fitted my t track slots for my router fence and I have a mitre slot to rout into the table top. So my question is, where to fit the track itself. I was thinking about fitting it approximately halfway between the bench side and the router bit, and 50/50 past each side of the router bit. Bearing in mind that my router table is an insert in my workbench.

Is there a common position that you would fit this at in relation to your tool?

Was going to do it tonight but want to have a rough idea before I go ahead with it.

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Unless you want to use the t track for feather boards I would suggest that you don't bother. If you want to use the fence and the miter track at the same time they have to be set perfectly parallel. You also need to get the bit exposure set to the right amount and every time you tweak the fence setting to get the depth right you will potentially change the fence to miter track setting too. What is much easier is to use a sled or square push block for mitres. The fence could be set at a 45* angle to the table this way and it wouldn't matter.

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I was adding a sacrificial fence to my router fence last night and wanted to rout four vertical channels which meant feeding the wood towards the fence. However I struggled to get it in a straight line, not a problem for this particular task but I was thinking about how to get a nice straight line.
I think I might have to bite the bullet and buy a nice straight edge that I can clamp to both sides of my bench for running 90 degree straight lines. I'll look up mitre type jigs and see what I can find.
Looks like I have a spare mitre slot and track now lol
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If You look-up the Original Incra Dovetail Jig, They will show a sled. It is just a board that has its own small rails that help keep the sled about 3/4 is. above the table, and the side of the sled is 90 degrees to the sled. The sled slides against the fence. It works very well. You can also look here, or on U-tube for a sled. I don't use slots because there is no need as far as I am concerned. I have a groove that I but on My fence to hold stops, and that works well, but nothing on the table. Saves a lot of routing, and adding the slot mech.

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I was adding a sacrificial fence to my router fence last night and wanted to rout four vertical channels which meant feeding the wood towards the fence. However I struggled to get it in a straight line, not a problem for this particular task but I was thinking about how to get a nice straight line.
I think I might have to bite the bullet and buy a nice straight edge that I can clamp to both sides of my bench for running 90 degree straight lines. I'll look up mitre type jigs and see what I can find.
Looks like I have a spare mitre slot and track now lol
Hi lee, I would use this jig to make the 4 straight cuts:

Dovetail Joinery with a Router - YouTube

Or this one:

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...s-project.html

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