Shopmade Router Edge Guide

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Project by Greg In Maryland posted 03-20-2016 05:12 PM 4558 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For reasons unknown to me right now, I purchased this router in 2009:

Boy is it a big puppy. I have no complaints with it at all, but it has only seen light use. So who knows how it would hold up under daily use/abuse? It is a Freud FT3000VCE plunge router. Unfortunately it looks like Freud has gotten out of the market of producing power tools and accessories are seemingly impossible to find.

Yesterday I needed to route a slot near the edge of a table top that a) I didn’t want to bring to the router table and b) was just shouting out to use the plunge router. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an edge guide and I didn’t feel comfortable free hand routing.

Well, when when faced with the need to do something, I did what any self respecting woodworker would do: see what was available on Amazon and finding nothing, I moved immediately to a Google to get ideas on how to make my own.

And bingo! We have a winner! From a site called Very Super Cool Tools they have free plans and a fairly well done video series on Youtube. Just what I was looking for.

The edge guide “platform” is 3/4 inch baltic birch, the two brackets are 7/8ths inch cherry and the pressure plate is 1/2 inch maple with sand paper glue on where the rods are pinched. I used brass threaded inserts to hold the removable fence to the platform. The rest was glued and screwed. The only out of the ordinary purchase was the two 1/2 inch steel rods. I had them from another failed router fence attempt, so these were on hand. The final hardware is a bolt and a knob I had laying around.

So, this is what I made (disassembled) out of scraps:

and all this hardware (clearly I need to work on focus …):

and here I am routing my table saw fence:

All in all, it took me a few hours to build this and just about two minutes to route the slots. I do have a pretty solid and usable fence out if it, so it was worth it.

In shout out to Mads, a nice Guinness Stout awaits after a leisurely Saturday afternoon woodworking!

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 03-20-2016 05:31 PM

That looks very useful, wish I had one so sturdy for my router.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 03-20-2016 05:55 PM

Hello Greg

Nice jig and good beer !!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 03-20-2016 11:19 PM

Better than store bought. Looks great.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-21-2016 10:33 AM

Looks very!! good best route up a bottle opener next!!
A question why only one? bottle that is!!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 03-21-2016 02:02 PM

Like the guide. I think I will copy it.
I have that same Freud router with the Freud lift insert. Very good quality product. As you said Freud is out of the power tool business but parts are still available. Freud is primarily in the router bit and saw blade market now.

-- R. Smith Central Iowa

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#6 posted 03-21-2016 02:03 PM

Looks great, very nice jig.

-- Think, make and share.

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#7 posted 03-21-2016 02:58 PM

That’s a very nice jig, Greg. Conratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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