Router Fence

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Project by Dekker posted 10-21-2007 12:58 PM 3545 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple shop-made router table fence that I made. It is very tall so that I can rout the ends of taller boards, and it gives stability for bigger blocks that are standing on their sides.

There is plenty of open spaces along the sides for clamps, clamping is the primary means of attaching it to my router table.

The dust port is a male-male 2-1/4 connector from Ridgid, intended to connect two hoses together, but here it is a great way to connect the shop-vac to my fence.

All-in-all, I find it was a great investment of my time. It is very square and very strong, and once clamped to the tabletop, will not move. Everything you could ask for in a table fence!

-- Dekker -

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#1 posted 10-21-2007 02:18 PM

I find myself looking at shop project before all other projects here on Lumberjocs. It seems like (to me) they are the most fun and least stressfully since I have no one but myself to please :)

If you built it again would you change or add anything ? I was thinking a zero clearance pop out and sliding stops would be easy to add to the existing fence but it might not be needed.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 10-21-2007 03:09 PM

No, I don’t think I’d change anything.

As for the zero-clearance insert, the only need for one would be if you were routing something smaller than ~2”... something I’d rather plan to avoid. Everything else can be handled by the miter guage (with elongated fence).

The problem with stops is that the router fence is not fixed to the table. Every time I re-clamp or move it, it is in a different position. The stops would not be usable for me.

The top of my fence has a 45* bevel, so I can use a board with a tab (with matching bevel) to hang over the fence, to act as a vertical alignment fence to slide along the top.

-- Dekker -

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#3 posted 10-21-2007 03:41 PM

Very nice fence. How well does the dust collection work?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-21-2007 03:54 PM

The dust collection works surprisingly well… It even prevents most of the dust from going down the router bit’s hole. Of course, I have a 5hp shop vac attached, so that’s probably got alot to do with it.

-- Dekker -

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#5 posted 10-22-2007 12:03 AM

Cool fence, Deckker. Swell job.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 10-22-2007 02:27 AM


If it works, it’s a good project. We are always on a quest to come up with better methods of getting the job done.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 10-22-2007 12:55 PM

Snowdog, I take back my comment on the zero-clearance insert on the fence… See this blog entry for why

-- Dekker -

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#8 posted 09-20-2008 11:02 PM

Really nice fence Dekker.
I think I’ll build one of those for my router table.
Thanks for the idea.

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 06:08 PM

This is an outstanding idea… I built a simple routing table myself over the weekend, and have been working on the standard and tall fence. I have been looking for a way to collect that pesky dust. how would you insert a zero clearance pop out?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#10 posted 03-15-2009 01:54 AM

For that, I would just add another piece to the face, and countersink some screws to hold it in place. I could then raise the bit into the temporary face to produce the zero-clearance.

This fence has served me greatly, and I have not had much desire for anything different.

Good luck with your version!

-- Dekker -

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