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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 10-18-2019 03:21 PM 190 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2019 03:21 PM

Hello all.

I have a nice homemade router table that I picked up second hand. I have my router mounted to it with the use of the kreg plate. I haven’t really used it at all yet. I was recently recruited by my kids school to build a library book drop box that will involve cutting a mail slot type of opening for the books to be inserted. I was thinking this would be a good use of the router table. However, I do not have a fence. I had intentions of building one but I see that peachtree has a couple that are right around $100.

I’ll have to cut slots for the fence bolts and I’ve watched some youtube videos on how to do this, but my question is how do I esure that the fence is going to be square? Just simply measuring while setting it?

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#1 posted 10-18-2019 03:41 PM

It doesn’t need to be square with a rotating tool. It seems counter-intuitive but it’s true ;-) You can clamp your fence at 30 degrees off the edge of the table but it’s still parallel to the cutter because the cutter is really just a single point.

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#2 posted 10-18-2019 03:59 PM

Against what is the fence being referenced for square? Unless you are using a miter gauge or something similiar, I don’t think it matters.

What is important is that your fence is straight (not bowed, twisted, or cupped) and ideally 90 degrees to the table.

To cut a book slot you could make and use a template and follow it with a flush-trim bit OR adjust the router fence and use that as a guide to make straight cuts for the sides for your slot. Either way, I would suggest you remove the bulk of the material with a jigsaw and leave yourself ~1/8” or less to trim away with the router.

If you are making the box out of solid wood, you could make the slot opening by ripping stock to the desired width of the slot opening and then sandwich that in the panel glue-up, but leave a gap where the books would go in. Not sure I explained that very clearly—hopefully you get the point.

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#3 posted 10-18-2019 04:46 PM

The simple answer to your question is that even a straight 2×4 clamped to the table would work fine. Add a stop block on either end so your cut stops where you want will work just fine.

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