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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-11-2015, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Making a fence from scratch seems pretty straightforward. That said, most fences I've seen pictures and plans for seem to have a simple hole drilled where two bolts in the back of the fence hold the fence down to the table in a t-track. It seems to me that having this bolt go through a short slot instead of a hole would give you a little more side to side adjustment and/or allow the fence to "pivot" around the router head for finer adjustment from one side only.

Does this makes sense or am I over thinking things?
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My vote is for the slots - I have slots on the router table and tracks on the drill press table and the fence on the router is way easier to adjust. The bolt heads tend to jam sometimes in the track and make the adjustments jerky.
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Is this for your router table?

You might also consider just clamping your fence to your table when you need it.

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My fence is a commercial one from Rockler. I have slots through table going front-to-back. The fence itself has slots going side-to-side. The fence is bolted down to the table, but I can adjust it in 4 directions because of the flexibility of the crossed slots. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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No need for slots in the fence. It will rotate just fine on one tightened t-bolt. You shouldn't need more adjustment than that. I usually make a mark on the table against the side of the fence I want to move. That gives you a visual indicator for fine adjustment. Since you are only moving one side you are moving 1/2 the apparent adjustment.

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A couple of thoughts on RT fences.

If you haven't used one at all, I would opt for the simplest possible to start. I would (and did) start out with clamping a simple board across the table. The reason for that is you are still learning what works for you. Use it a few times and you will get a much better idea of what you want. One thing I have learned over and over again, what looks good on paper or in an ad doesn't always translate into works good in the shop. Those fancy router table fence plans you see all work pretty much the same. Simple is good here.

Making small adjustments is a key aspect of RT fence usage so I would focus on that. The pivot scheme is the traditional way of doing it. However, micropositioning is a very good thing. You can mark, bump and check to make small adjustments but nothing compares to making a couple of quick clicks to get your desired alignment. My fence gives me one mil (1/1000") adjustment accuracy. While that may be perceived as overkill, it helped significantly raise my level of craftsmanship. I frequently find myself adjusting by 5 to 10 mils which is a little better than 1/64". Once you have it, you will never want to go back. I wouldn't invest a lot of time or money in something that doesn't give you precise control.
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Rex I'd go with the slots on the table , then build a micro adjuster to move the fence in small increments

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I had modified my Bosch table's fence to have one hole on the right side...allows for small incremental adjustments to be made from the left side as you noted. Honestly, it hadn't done anything for me I that I couldn't do with the front/back slots...

I have never had the need to move the entire fence side to side...maybe I just don't know I needed that and have been missing out...so not sure what that would buy you.

My fence has the usual slots for front/back adjustments.

If you're planning on bigger bits, make sure you accommodate sneaking up on the bit, i.e., a raised panel bit or large molding bit...not all bits can be "sneaked upon" with height...

When you've decided what to build, slap up some pic's...

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