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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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In my never ending search for a way of getting very straight edges to small pieces of wood, has any one got or know of an adjustable out feed fence, so I can use the router table as a sideways planer?

Seems to me to be a gap in the market here, or is there something I dont know which will make the idea unworkable?
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I will use a router table for jointing the edges of boards and it doesn't require a fancy fence.
I'll usually use a spiral end mill for smoothest results.
Use any straight fence. One the outfeed side simply stick one (or more) layers of blue (or green) tape. Set the edge of the bit flush to the taped side.
When done, peel the tape off.
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Bob, build this simple fence and cut 1/32" or 1/16" off the leading edge. You get dust collection too.
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There definitely are plans out there for such a fence. Given that you only need a very small amount of offset (1/16" or so), 4D's tape approach or similar makes a lot of sense. Not having to worry about the fence being 100% straight makes a split fence somewhat undesirable.
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In my uploads is a picture of the last fence I made. It was fairly simple to build and had moveable and shimable faces. You can shim the outfeed side for jointing. Plastic playing cards make excellent shims. They are very uniform in thickness. I liked the fact I could close the gap around the bit. It made me feel a little safer even though I have quite a few years experience using routers and router tables.

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This is the first fence I built from the plans in ShopNotes #1. A thin piece of plastic or HPL dropped behind the out feed face does the trick.

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I have a split fence, with extraction, which works quite well to keep the cutter gap as small as possible, but i just tried packing out the out feed and got a small snipe on the cut face as the wood pressed into the out fence, and a bigger snipe at the end.
Did I just not measure well enough?
are feather boards necessary on this operation? i'm just using push sticks.
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Keep pressure against the in feed side of the fence until you have to switch to the out feed side.

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More on this.
Would keep the waste to <1/32"/pass. Jointing is aggressive and the router and cutter
take a heck of beating here. Jointing should be left to the jointer.
One exception: Those materials that require carbide.
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I have fallen out of my share of trees Pat.

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