My router fence got schizophrenia

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Project by JohnnyStrawberry posted 01-23-2013 03:09 PM 18827 views 24 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJs, my workshop has a resident with a serious mental disease… My router fence acts like a dovetail jig. Wait a minute. It is. At least some sort of. OK, I’ll play along. I give it a dust hood. (photo 4) Now it sucks. So much that my hands are freezing after using it.
Joking aside, I had a piece of s… commercial half blind dovetail jig that I tore apart and reused the clamps of it. That jig came with 3 templates: 7/16” & 1/2” & 9/16”.
I was just about to make a 20mm template when I realized that I could use my 5/8” 7° dovetail bit with the 9/16” template with a 14mm bearing on the bit. (photo 2)
The ball bearing purchased. The bit slightly modified. Let’s try the template. But wait. That aluminium template was too thin to use it with this router bit on 20mm boards. All right, let’s make a copy of it in 12mm thick beech plywood. (I think it’s the best template material by far. Do you have it in the States?)
Why the router fence? Because it already has two sufficiently perpendicular surfaces on it. Since I just wanted a HBDT jig exclusively for 20mm thick boards, no adjustment slots are needed to cut on the fence. I only had to screw the fittings very accurately on the fence. Well, I use the fence much more often than a HBDT jig, so when I need the jig, I just screw the fittings on the fence.
It was a dream to work with it after I added the dust hood feature to it. It works with a 4” hose. (photo 4)
The last photo shows the test piece.
I hope I didn’t offend anyone with anthropomorphizing a router fence.

Thanks for the feedback,

—- EDIT:
Here is the first real project using this jig:
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And some more:
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-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 03:11 PM

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 05:13 PM

Johnny, a clever fix.
I’ve similar setup that I was about to bin for a few reasons.
Now you have got me thinking about it.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 06:03 PM

I am a little slow to understand how you done it but the results look great
So I say keep up the good work

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 06:58 PM

It looks awsome! I see it works by the half blind dovetail box you made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-23-2013 08:35 PM

It looks amazing!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 09:10 PM

Good work, I like the idea solutions …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 12:34 AM

looks like one nice work!

if you post this some years earlier, maybe I can try. but now it is too late

I also “I had a piece of s… commercial half blind dovetail jig”
starts with roc and end with kler
goes to the place it deserve – the garbage

then I got pc4212 – not perfect, but at least work ( kind of, maybe, sometimes )

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 04:05 AM

That is really cool. Now that you have the template made, I bet you could even make a couple more with different pattern spacing for really creative projects.

GREAT results too.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 09:03 AM

Thank you guys for the positive feedback.
Ivan, looking back, that CMT300 looks even worse than my ex jig. That housing can never be square by design! This was my biggest problem with my ex jig. I paid a hundred bucks for it. I think it was worth it. I can use every part of it but in different jigs. LOL
I’m glad I could show a way to reuse a s…ty HBDT jig.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 02:17 PM

Nice!!!! :-)

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 10:03 PM

Super job. That wouldn’t work in Houston. By end of the week each finger would be a different size from heat and humidity :-) even my table saw and other tools are not safe.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#12 posted 03-18-2013 04:46 PM

Nice save! And a great inovation. As accurate as you make it. Read a lot before buying a porter cable routing jig. A lot of the less expensive dovetail jigs were inaccurate.

Is it still going strong?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 03-18-2013 05:04 PM

Nice work and creative thinking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 07:01 AM

Thanks guys. I’ll post a photo here on the next cut. I haven’t used it since…...I’m deep in to a M&T jig now… It looks like I’ll fail… :-(( But I won’t lower my expectations… I’ll post that journey too.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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