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Building a Fence for My Router Table-Split Fence? Or One Piece?

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For quite a while now I've just used a simple MDF fence clamped to my router table and cut out the space on the vertical piece to fit the router bit I was using. Dust collection was usually a shop vac hose duct taped to the back of the fence.
Now that I've moved into my new shop, I'd like to design and build a better router fence with improved dust collection (e.g. a 2 1/2 port on the back of the fence connected to dust collection).

Have seen videos of both split fences and solid fences being used.

What's your preference? and why?

Do you prefer a split fence that adjusts to the bit size you're using? Or (like me) do you use a solid fence, and create a zero clearance fence overlay out of 1/4 mdf to fit the bit you're using on a project, then keep or throw away the overlay when you're done?
Thanks in advance for the help guys.
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Thanks for all the helpful advice-I'm going with a split fence design, and using zero clearance disposable sacrificial overlays of 1/4" material when needed (not always).

DesertRatTom-I'm actually designing my split fence to almost exactly look like your diagram-thanks for sharing. Modifying it slightly to eliminate the lucite safety shield because I typically use an L-shaped wooden bit guard clamped to the fence, or a featherboard clamped to the fence to keep my hands away from the bit. Won't have any problem cutting exact 90 degrees on the support pieces, since my SCMS is tuned up to cut very accurate angles.

I'll try to remember to post pics of the fence here when I have it finished.

Appreciate everyone's input.
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