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A buddy has a JoinTech router fence that really appeals to me. Unfortunately, the company is out of business. A local woodworker had a Freud router table with a Porter Cable 690 router for sale. The table, a Freud RTP1000, has a split fence with micro adjusters. (The table has an updated Jessem metal plate instead of the plastic Freud plate.)

Now that I have it and have used it a couple of times, I wonder if the split fence is a good idea. The JoinTech is a single fence. It can be challenging to get one side of the fence perfectly aligned with the other side. (Remember, I'm a beginner.) Should I consider putting a solid fence spanning the two sides of the split fence? If I do, it could be tough to adjust both sides of the fence equally.

Several people have said that Incra or someone makes a fence similar to the JoinTech, but the ads I've seen are not clear to me. I like the idea of a micro adjuster. What's the closest match to the JoinTech in a current product?



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@patlaw ...
is the spit fence to complete fences or does it have split faces and joined together at the center in the back of the fence...

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is the spit fence two complete fences or does it have split faces and joined together at the center in the back of the fence...
It's split faces joined to the center in the back of the fence. Here is the manual.

Freud RTP1000 Manual

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I don't see what the problem is...
are you wanting to upgrade the Freud fence???
to me you are better off with a split fence so that you can inline or offset... can do more w/ it...

you can take the two pieces of your fence off and put on a single if you wish...

is it the Freud or the JoinTech you are having problems aligning???
I would buy something if the maker went out of business..

come the Incra fence.. there are owners of the fence here that may be able to help you...

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Mike, a fence on a router table needs to be straight and square to the table surface. It needs a clearance hole for the bit and dust collection. That is it. It doesn't need a micro adjuster or split faces to do most routing jobs. The fence does not need to be parallel to the tables edges for most jobs, only if you are using a miter slot for a sled.

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A split fence is absolutely essential for jointing boards on a router table. Whilst a micro-adjuster is not essential, it can save time and a lot of tapping and guesswork. It's really easy to place a bar across the back of a split fence to keep both faces in line and this can be performed either permanently with nuts and bolts or temporarily with clamps.

I wouldn't be without a split fence, but then I'm spoiled because I have the Incra LS systems which are almost infinitely variable and provide for my every need, even the ones I don't know about yet. :-)

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Mike...once you have the fence aligned and set the knobs you shouldn't need to work with the micro-adjust for most of your cuts. The fence can then be adjusted to the bit for the particular cut you are doing with the big T-handles...their intended use.

Is it possible that you might be thinking you would need to use the micro-adjust for every cut and always need to adjust both knobs to keep the fences straight...?

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Is it possible that you might be thinking you would need to use the micro-adjust for every cut and always need to adjust both knobs to keep the fences straight?
Yes. Maybe you just cleared up a misconception for me. The videos I've watched of micro adjustable fences show them being adjusted with the mechanism for each cut. That's certainly the way my buddy uses his JoinTech, but the JoinTech has a longer range-of-travel, as well.

Now that I look at the Incra LS, maybe I'm look at this the wrong way. I guess I thought the Freud adjusters were a poor man's LS, but now I see that is not the case.

I'm glad I asked.

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Yes. Maybe you just cleared up a misconception for me. The videos I've watched of micro adjustable fences show them being adjusted with the mechanism for each cut. That's certainly the way my buddy uses his JoinTech, but the JoinTech has a longer range-of-travel, as well.

Now that I look at the Incra LS, maybe I'm look at this the wrong way. I guess I thought the Freud adjusters were a poor man's LS, but now I see that is not the case.

I'm glad I asked.
Pat...one way to make small adjustments with the main hold-downs is to only release one side of the fence and adjust the distance to the bit with one side of the fence (as Mike suggested). Remember, the fence only needs to be perfectly parallel when using a sled or miter gauge. The bit doesn't care how the fence is set and only cares how much it is set to cut...

Try it out a couple of times...I think you'll be pleased.

Once you get the hang of adjusting the fence you can do wonders with the split for edge cleanup for jointing...lots of videos on how to do this. At that point you will appreciate the fine adjustment the split allows you.

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Mike do the fence halves not back against a solid backer? In other words can't you back the adjusters up until they bottom out against the framework? That fence looks just like one I built except I didn't bother with the micro adjusters. You can shim the outfeed to accomplish the same thing. I very rarely need to do that since I have a jointer and there are very few other times when shimming the outfeed is necessary. I liked being able to close the gap on the bit. I felt safer doing that but other than that an adjustable fence doesn't do anything a fixed one won't do. You can set up a fixed fence to joint by just adding a layer or two of tape on the outfeed set.

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