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I have a small craftsman table made for jigsaws and routers. Used it for the first time a few weeks ago with poor results. I needed to glue up a couple of boards for a book cabinet top and thought I would route the edges for a nice square face. Used a single piece fence and quickly realized the error in that thinking as my work left the infeed side of the fence...duh, that's why it came with a two piece (is it properly called a split fence?) fence. Learning curve was steep. Eventually (after 6 or 7 passes, thank goodness I was only using 2 1/2 foot stock!) I figured out to set the outfeed fence tangent to the bit and the infeed fence the depth of the desired cut...I did my best to square the two fences to one another by using the edge of the router table and a square...after jointing the two pieces, I layed them side by side the way I intended to glue them up only to find that the first and last couple of inches of each board pulled away from one another. I recut and recut taking great care to ensure square contact with both fences and got the same result time and time again. Where am I going wrong? Am I missing something fundamentally simple?

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After jointing the material are the edges straight?

If your out on the two inches on either end might mean the router bit is exposed beyond the out-feed of the fence. check out the following tip

click here to see the jointing tip
 

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The first thing I did after buying my table was to try jointing.
I set the cutter level with the outfield side of the table and tried a few passes.
The jointer fence could not have been parallel with the infeed fence as no matter how many times I tried I could not get the edge straight.
This was probably as a result of the cheapish table having a number of different things on it which only paid lip service to doing what they were intended to do. :mad:
I soon made my own fence which works far better than the one supplied.
I also treated myself to a bench jointer to straighten boards and it was worth every penny. :D
 

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jimcrjfo said:
I have a small craftsman table made for jigsaws and routers. Used it for the first time a few weeks ago with poor results. I needed to glue up a couple of boards for a book cabinet top and thought I would route the edges for a nice square face. Used a single piece fence and quickly realized the error in that thinking as my work left the infeed side of the fence...duh, that's why it came with a two piece (is it properly called a split fence?) fence. Learning curve was steep. Eventually (after 6 or 7 passes, thank goodness I was only using 2 1/2 foot stock!) I figured out to set the outfeed fence tangent to the bit and the infeed fence the depth of the desired cut...I did my best to square the two fences to one another by using the edge of the router table and a square...after jointing the two pieces, I layed them side by side the way I intended to glue them up only to find that the first and last couple of inches of each board pulled away from one another. I recut and recut taking great care to ensure square contact with both fences and got the same result time and time again. Where am I going wrong? Am I missing something fundamentally simple?

Jim
Did you get things working right? If things are still messed up please ask again, I too have a couple of router tables from Sears and I can asure you that at least mine do work.

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Jimcrjfo:
I would check the router bit to make sure it's exactly flush with the out feed portion of the fence. Also check the alignment of the infeed fence to the out feed fence
by placing a straight edge across both fence halves. You sholt get the same clearance
at both ends of the infeed side.

Good luck, Woodnut65
 

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Do you get better results if the piece you are trying to joint is shorter than the jointing fence?
Also, where should apply pressure on the stock into the fence? At the infeed side orr the outfeed side?

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routermon said:
Do you get better results if the piece you are trying to joint is shorter than the jointing fence?
Also, where should apply pressure on the stock into the fence? At the infeed side orr the outfeed side?

Lou
Lou, The jointer fence will work equally well with any size of material. You want to keep the pressure on the infeed of the fence until the piece has enough material on the outfeed ( 4-8") then use equal pressure on both in and out feed. Explaining this with words is not the best way. You need to start with some small pieces and practice the process...good luck and keep your fingers safely away from moving cutters.
 
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