Router Table Fence, Revisited

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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 12-13-2019 04:32 PM 2003 views 4 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Lately I’ve noticed how much sawdust my router table throws across the top of my table saw and into my workshop. I have a 4” HVLP vacuum hose connected to the router box under the table saw, but apparently it doesn’t pull hard enough to capture everything.

So, I designed this router table fence primarily for better dust collection. It will also serve as a fence but most of my router bits have guide bearings, so that’s why my priority is somewhat different than others.

Captured most of my thoughts in Sketchup. Tried to make sure all the pieces fit tight but, in the end, a couple passes across my jointer ensured all surfaces are flat and square. Found several different plastic vacuum ports to choose from at Woodcraft, this one seemed to fit my purposes.

My original design called for magnetic clamp downs in the pockets beside the vacuum port. My bandsaw fence is magnetic and I really like the flexibility of making adjustments quickly, etc. Since I didn’t have any of those clamps at the time of this build, I couldn’t resist the temptation to use that space for bit storage.

I also slotted the back of the bit storage blocks so I can keep a couple clamps close by. Those clamps are ultimately for attaching the router fence to the table saw fence. I still like the idea of magnetic clamps so that’s still on the list of “coming soon” enhancements.

Long boring story short, it works great! It pulls 99% of the sawdust that would normally escape out onto the table saw or into my workshop.

Now, back to finishing those Christmas gifts …

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#1 posted 12-13-2019 09:32 PM

That looks real nice. You sometimes don’t realize how much sawdust you make, until it’s not there anymore.

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