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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 07-13-2017 02:49 PM 776 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2017 02:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router

I’m kinda new to router tables and asking it there are tricks or process to getting the proper “revea”l? I seem to spend way to much time cutting something like a rabbet.I get the height right easily,but the distance from the fence seems to take alot longer.and it seems like there should be a easy way to get close,other than set cut,reset,cut,reset cut,to much,not enough,closer but still off.

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 03:01 PM

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#2 posted 07-13-2017 03:38 PM

I never have understood the value of simply posting a photo of a tool with no explanation of it, or other options.

Besides the mini digital height gauge shown, there are also other designs. I have the Wixey brand of the gauge in the previous post, but rarely use it. I find the iGaging 6 inch gauge to be far more useful. It has a greater range and the design of the measuring foot allows it to be used to set bit height even when point that needs to be measured is behind the fence face. It also has a nice, heavy base that makes it stable. It can be held against the fence with one hand while adjusting the fence with the other. The plastic in the mini-gauge in the photo is too lightweight. In fact, I added 16 oz of peel-and-stick lead weights to the front and back of the legs to keep it stable. It is also very awkward to use to set the fence compared to the iGaging mode.

In addition to the digital gauges, a simple combination square, or double square will work fine for most setups — both bit height and fence.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 07-13-2017 03:42 PM

I use the Wixey version of that height gauge as well. Like Rich points out, it’s kind of lightweight but it’s proven to be downright handy and reliable for a plastic gauge.

I like the idea of adding weights Rich. I’ll have to check into that. I’ve been meaning to replace the magnets in the feet with stronger ones but haven’t gotten around to it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 07-13-2017 03:51 PM

I used these, Kenny. Now that I look, I have six strips of four 1/4 oz weights on each leg — four in the front and two in the back — for a total of 12 oz.

Actually, my biggest gripe about it and the iGaging one is the lack of backlight on the display. Sure would be nice to have. My angle gauge has one and it’s great.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 07-13-2017 03:56 PM

I agree, I have backlight on my Wixey box too and it is nice. I can live without it though. Thanks for the link!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 07-13-2017 04:04 PM

Woofdog, if I’m reading right you said you get the bit height okay but have an issue with the distance between the bit & fence. When I’m using a bit without a bearing I use the piece I’m cutting to help with set up, determining where I want the cut to be and then mark the end of the stock. I place the stock against the fence and then align my mark with the cutter edge furthest from the fence face. If you’re regularly cutting rabbets, I really like a rabbeting bit with different sized bearings, I only use the fence for dust collection with that bit. I can’t remember where I found the deal but I did get the Kreg set up bars for like $20 and have been surprised with how often I’ve grabbed them to set fences, depths etc, very handy tool.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 07-13-2017 05:03 PM

When cutting rabbets on the router table,
for drawer sides for example, I admit getting
the exact protrusion from the fence that
I want can take some trial and error.

However, once set up for a particular reveal
a setup block can be made, labeled with
a sharpie and put aside to set up the cut
in the future.

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#8 posted 07-13-2017 10:12 PM

Another vote for:

Additionally I have a thin rule that flexes to measure the bearing-to-fence distance accurately. A small square also helps.


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