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Greetings fellow router workers,

I am fairly new to woodworking and am slowly putting together a small shop in my basement. I have very limited space and funds and have yet to invest in a table saw. I have opted for now to work with a circular saw and routers with a router table.

Here is my million dollar question.

Can I size small pieces on the router table? In other words can I set my fence say 5" away from the blade and run a 5 1/16" piece through to size it to 5" and have two parallel sides?

To be honest, I already tried it successfully and found the only risk was the blade pulling in the piece on the outfeed side. I thought that with a feather board on that side I should eliminate this problem.

I guess what I am asking is if this is a seriously dangerous procedure and if there is another option given I have no table saw or band saw.

Thanks in advance.

Attila
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Greetings and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us.

As one who has been where you don't want to go, make a jig to hold the piece or buy one, The cost will be far and away less than the cost of the trip to the emergency room and follow up doctor visits and PT. Don't care what it takes keep your hands away from that bit turning at 23000RPM. When it happens it happens in less than a heart beat but scares for life. In my case "I fought the saw and the saw won", and so will a router but will be worse.

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NO! Not the way to work and keep all your body parts intact, never mind damaging the walls of your shop. My most useful power tool is my bandsaw, cut to width and handplane to size, nice and safe.
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Can I size small pieces on the router table? In other words can I set my fence say 5" away from the blade and run a 5 1/16" piece through to size it to 5" and have two parallel sides?

I guess what I am asking is if this is a seriously dangerous procedure and if there is another option given I have no table saw or band saw.

Thanks in advance.

Attila
You can size a piece on the router table but NOT the way you have listed. It requires making a simple Holding device (Jig) before you begin. Many others have produced such a Jig and I am sure they will submit their procedure.

Yes this is a seriously dangerous procedure. Your material could be clamped to a flat straight edge and trimmed with a trimming cutter.(Straight cutter with a bearing)

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Hi Attila, welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Where in the Great White North are you? I've got a table saw if you're close by.

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Greetings fellow router workers,

I am fairly new to woodworking and am slowly putting together a small shop in my basement. I have very limited space and funds and have yet to invest in a table saw. I have opted for now to work with a circular saw and routers with a router table.

Here is my million dollar question.

Can I size small pieces on the router table? In other words can I set my fence say 5" away from the blade and run a 5 1/16" piece through to size it to 5" and have two parallel sides?

To be honest, I already tried it successfully and found the only risk was the blade pulling in the piece on the outfeed side. I thought that with a feather board on that side I should eliminate this problem.

I guess what I am asking is if this is a seriously dangerous procedure and if there is another option given I have no table saw or band saw.

Thanks in advance.

Attila
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Welcome to the forums Attila. You never want to trap your work piece between a fence and a bit. Routers and table saws work differently. Your saw blade spins vertically and your router bit spins horizontally thus traping the work. Which can cause some serious damage.




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A small benchtop band saw doesn't take up a lot of room and they are not very expensive. You would need a good blade and fence and have the machine setup accurately to get accurate cuts, but I think it would work.
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Thanks to all for your feedback.
I will go with the "keep my fingers" option and keep on hunting for an affordable used tablesaw.

cheers.
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