Router fence mark three
i love this learning game that I call a hobby.
After building my table out of white melamine 28mm thick, my first fence was just a piece of wood. OK, but woefully inadequate for dust collection as it just threw everything in my face.
Mark two had a split fence (of which I'm not particularly happy with, wait for news of mark 4), but a collection box behind the bit, with a 2" suction hose off of this around and back to a home made Y joint in the main suction tubing.
Quite fair in operation, although very messy to look at and even with the hose end only a half inch above the table inside the collector box it only picked up fine dust and left the chippings.
So to the mark three. I drilled a 63mm hole in the table top 30mm behind the plate, and rebuilt the fence so there is a channel which covers that hole while the fence is sliding back and fore. I can slide the fence far enough forwards to completely cover the bit, and then 26cm backwards while still covering the hole.
Dust collection is superb! Theres no down side to this as the table top is now clear of hoses, and everything is picked up by it as the chippings now slide along rather than having to be lifted. All thats left is the dust from tail of a rebate if I'm doing a long cut.