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Hi guys my first post on what appears a simple problem.

I often have to take 3-4mm off the four sides of cupboard doors to allow for a couple of coats of paint.

This is a job I first did with a hand plane. I then bought a router and used to clamp a straight edge to each side in turn to enable me to do the job.

I have now made a router table thinking it will make the job much faster but cannot fathom the best way to do the job on it.

I can obviously slide the door along the fence to remove 4mm but once past the half way stage and with 4mm removed the operation becomes difficult. Do I need to put a 4mm strip of wood to the back part of the fence to enable the door to pass through on a straight line or is there a more simple solution?

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Welcome to the forum.

As John said, yes.

3-4mm of each side is a wide gap for a couple of coats of paint?

You will need to set up the router table fence to use as a jointer fence.

Check youtube and the forum for a "how to".

BTW, I would not take 4mm off in one pass. I would not take more than 1mm per pass, but others may have other suggestions.

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3-4mm of each side is a wide gap for a couple of coats of paint?
My thoughts also James. I would expect you to only need to remove something in 1/100ths of a millimeter. In that case a few strips of duct tape or wide masking tape stuck on top of each other onto the outfeed fence would be sufficient. You would set the fence to so that the outfeed side is even with the furthest reach of the bit.

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It sounds like your wife enjoys changing the colour of the kitchen cupboards. Wouldn't it be easier to simply remove the previous coats of paint?

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Certainly don't remove the 4mm in 1 pass. Just take a few passes of whatever thickness material you find. Duct tape, cardboard, strip of thin plastic, steel rule..
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I own Incra with Wonder Fence attachment. The fence is easily setup for the type of operation you described.

Probably lots of answers out there, this is just the one I use

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The simple of it is - yes. You are, really, doing nothing more than using your table as a jointer, which always has a higher out-feed table. Turn your jointer on its side and you have the equivalent for your router fence.


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Hi guys my first post on what appears a simple problem.

I often have to take 3-4mm off the four sides of cupboard doors to allow for a couple of coats of paint.

This is a job I first did with a hand plane. I then bought a router and used to clamp a straight edge to each side in turn to enable me to do the job.

I have now made a router table thinking it will make the job much faster but cannot fathom the best way to do the job on it.

I can obviously slide the door along the fence to remove 4mm but once past the half way stage and with 4mm removed the operation becomes difficult. Do I need to put a 4mm strip of wood to the back part of the fence to enable the door to pass through on a straight line or is there a more simple solution?

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Thanks guys. Its actually about 2mm off each side. They're old polished doors on dressers that I shabby chic.

Should really simplify the task and quicken things up if I can get it set up right.

Both the doors and drawer fronts have to be reduced all round as they are always a close fit to begin with so I have to make way for the coats of paint.
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