Varied tools of wood working projects are designed to fulfill different requirements and thus depending upon your work days, you should take out considerable time to build up and gather all the necessary components for carrying out your everyday tasks with ease. Router tables are excellent additions to your wood working shop that not only give you versatility but also complete control over material with ease. In order to enhance functionality and benefits of a router table, you can add some other upgrades to the table. One such simple upgrade that makes your work easier, quicker and safer on a router table is building up of a router table fence.
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Making a Router Table Fence:
Addition of fence to your router table enhances precision of work and enables you to work safely over this table. With addition of fence, you will find increased accuracy with your wood working tasks. Here we will guide you on how you can easily make a router table fence:
The fence that we will be making here can be made for serving two purposes. You would be able to use it as a short fence in order to carry out most tasks of your projects and this could even be rotated for use as a tall fence. We will also be making a T-track in fence grove that would give you the option of attaching various accessories that you may be using for a particular project such as a stop block, guard for bit etc.
Height of your router table fence would not matter when you are working with average or short sized pieces for a project but you would need to worry about height when it comes to dealing with endpoints of a large piece of wood. You may need to make cut splined miters or may need to make a large panel. For such purposes, you would need tall fence. A tall fence would enable safer working with large material and results would be more accurate.
Steps for Building Fence:
- Step 1: First take two pieces of plywood (size: ¾”) and cut them. Length of these pieces should be same as the width of your router table. For tall fence, you would need to cut a little wider.
- Step 2: Now make a mark at the edges of these pieces of plywood. This notch would be serving as router bit clearance.
- Step 3: Now in the face of these pieces cut a long groove and place the T-track.
- Step 4: You can give your fence support with the use of blocks that you can screw or glue behind it for support.
- Step 5: Last you should add a small size rabbet through the fence bottom edge. The rabbet would serve as a place to drain the sawdust and thus would prevent it from creating disturbance with cutting of your work piece.
Turning to Tall Fence:
Now that the fence is ready, you can switch it to tall fence for large work pieces. You would need to unclamp fence and just rotate it in a manner that side is upright. Now lock the position and you have a tall fence on your router table.
Addition of Accessories:
With a router table fence, you can add many other accessories such as a dust port. For addition of dust port, just flip flange bolts in the T-track you made and clamp the accessory and fix it with the help of knob. Make sure that dust port is a reasonable size not too small or not too large so that it could efficiently serve the purpose of prevention from dust.
Following these simple steps would give you a router table fence to work more precisely and safely. You can have different designs and style of router table fence but the basic idea of building is pretty simple. You can add as many accessories you desire according to the general nature of your work. The process is clear and simple but you can sketch a fence of your own choice by combining different design strategies to make one for your needs.