Making simple slotted fences with stop block.

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Blog entry by Chipy posted 05-21-2011 06:20 PM 7836 reads 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Step#1 Start by cutting two pieces of 3/4 stock, length and height to your need or liking.
Step#2 Lay your stock flat on your table saw and Cut a 1/8 kerfs the length of both pieces of stock. The depth of your kerfs will be determined by your T-bolt. You may even use a bolt but you will need a bigger kerf.A Dado blade router would come in handy for a wider kerfs or groove.
Step#3 Glue together the two pieces of stock with the two 1/8 kerfs facing each outher.Avoid slipping when doing your glue -up.The two pieces will tend to slip past each outher.I use a 90 degree corner of some kind and clamp and pin nail the two pieces together.
Step#4 You will need one more cut it will be in the top of your fence. The width of the cut will be determined by the diameter of your T-bolt. You can make the cut in the table saw or router.
Step#5 Making the stop block. The stop block is simply two pieces glued together 90 degrees. They can be made from the same 3/4 stock you used for the fence. Lay the stop block over the fence to determine the position of the hole for the T-bolt. I leave one side of the angle about an 1/8 of an inch shy of the surface the fence will lay on.
You can make your fences out MDF,Hard rock maple etc…...I have used this fence design for router tables, Drill press, Miter gage the sky’s the limit hope this is helpful Chipy.

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 06:56 PM

Looks like a good way to do it

Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 05-22-2011 06:32 AM

This is one reason I love this site. The are many ways to do something, and this has been one of them. I like this route. Thanks for sharing. It is now a favorite.


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#3 posted 08-28-2011 04:30 PM

I ahdn’t thought of doing fences this way – it’s a good one. Thanks.

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 03:00 PM

Great idea! Very simple design and gets the job done.
Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 07:41 PM


I found your miter gauge and was thinking about making one of these. What did you mean in step 5 when you say “you leave one side of the angle about an 1/8 of an inch shy of the surface the fence will lay on?”

Are you referring to the 45 degree the two stop block pieces make so it will slide easier?

Did your kerf cuts allow for extra room of the T bolt?


-- Keith

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 08:48 PM

How do you prevent the fence from getting beat up by all the crosscuts in it?

-- Keith

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