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Forum topic by Bcemail posted 02-16-2019 08:12 PM 511 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bcemail

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02-16-2019 08:12 PM

Found one of these on Craigslist. The fence looks strange in that it’s split into 2 sections but thought I might be able to make something new. Any thoughts on this table and router? Would be for basic weekend projects nothing too demanding. Thanks!


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socrbent

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#1 posted 02-16-2019 08:21 PM

I had a Craftsman router table with a two part fence with my first router. You can make it into a traditional one piece fence by mounting a board as the actual fence to both halves. I don’t remember any advantage of the 2 separate pieces.

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#2 posted 02-16-2019 09:21 PM

Two piece fence allows you to use it as either a standard fence (with both in the same plane), or as a poor mans jointer (with them out of plane). I have two of those tables sitting out in the shed that I got for free… IMO, they aren’t worth the trouble and I certainly would not have paid for them. If you want a useful router table, best bet is to make one yourself. YMMV.

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#3 posted 02-16-2019 09:39 PM

Here’s what I did to make a working fence fence for my Craftsman router table. It’s a simples “L” that’s braced to keep it square that I fancied up with a box around the bit opening for dust collection. The dust flange came from Sears some years ago as a hose adapter for their wet/dry vacuums. The attachment hardware is what came with the table. I had meant to screw plywood to the bottom of the overhangs on each end to increase the table size but never got around to it. I attached it to strips of wood on the front and back legs to make it easier to clamp it down on the bench. You’ll notice that the front strip “L” shaped with the “L” pointing down, this aligns it to the front of my bench and gives it more stability. I can take and attach more pictures if you want more detail.

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Bcemail

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#4 posted 02-18-2019 03:49 PM

Thanks for the advice and for the pictures! That’s what I was thinking too. I’ll see if I can talk the guy down a bit since I’ll still need to put some work into it.

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#5 posted 02-18-2019 07:43 PM

MrUnix is correct on the poor mans jointer. It does come in handy on some small projects though. I have clamped a 1×6x30 maple board to the fence for routing 3’ boards. And I’ve made a jig for the Craftsman router table top, so I can use 3 3/8” panel bits and shaper cutters on this table.

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#6 posted 02-18-2019 08:24 PM

Have a router table about like that one, except..it is labeled as a SKIL brand…..been using for a few years. Don’t really care for the stock fence (still have it) and use my homemade fence instead.

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 08:53 PM

The split fence has the added advantage that you can expand or narrow the gap for a close fit to bits of various diameters. Improves stability in making the profile, and is better for dust/chip collection.

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