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Old 03-03-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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How do I square a router fence to the miter slot?


I just purchased my first router table. Nothing fancy. It's a Freud combination.

It's just a starter setup, until I know any better.

Now I need to learn how to use it!

My first roadblock was ... how do I set the fence true to the miter guage slot?

I calibrated the fence to itself following their directions (set the gauges), but I can turn that fence assy in any direction, after loosening the two hand knobs.

I signed up for a power tools class this week at Woodcraft. I have a lot to learn.

Thank you!

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I just purchased my first router table. Nothing fancy. It's a Freud combination.

It's just a starter setup, until I know any better.

Now I need to learn how to use it!

My first roadblock was ... how do I set the fence true to the miter guage slot?

I calibrated the fence to itself following their directions (set the gauges), but I can turn that fence assy in any direction, after loosening the two hand knobs.

I signed up for a power tools class this week at Woodcraft. I have a lot to learn.

Thank you!
i think it best that you take the table to woodwork class with all the info and ask them i have done 40 years in a saw mill and still got all my fingers so please be carefull

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measure from the fence to an edge of the miter slot at both ends.
The measurements should be the same.
adjust the fence to get the cut you are looking for and then re-measure to confirm the measurements are equal.
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use an adjustable square, the body should drop into the slot and u can than reference from there,slide the tongue till it touches all the way down the fence,by moving fence untill parallel
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use an adjustable square, the body should drop into the slot and u can than reference from there,slide the tongue till it touches all the way down the fence,by moving fence untill parallel
I've also got a new router table and have been wondering about this same problem. Skymaster, the square you describe: I haven't been able to find one like it, one where the body fits into the miter slot. Can you recommend one?

Closest thing I've found is this
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2355
which is for squaring your table saw blade but seems like it would work for this purpose. Kind of pricey, however.
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It sounds as if "skymaster" is describing a "combination-square" which I use to align my router fence to the miter gauge slot. David
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Use your adjustable combination square as the previous posters suggested. For safety, you should never run stock with a standard miter gage and tight to a fence. You are asking for kick back. If you want to route the end of a board use a coping sled.
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For safety, you should never run stock with a standard miter gage and tight to a fence. You are asking for kick back. If you want to route the end of a board use a coping sled.
I've got a lot to learn.

I bought an incra for the table, just assuming I'd need it. I figured I'd want to use it to push the stock past the cutter.

I'm trying to learn this stuff online, and what I really need is to get my hands dirty!
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I've got a lot to learn.

I bought an incra for the table, just assuming I'd need it. I figured I'd want to use it to push the stock past the cutter.

I'm trying to learn this stuff online, and what I really need is to get my hands dirty!
Tbeaulieu,
Have you thought about joining the Woodworking forum?
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/
Lots of knowledgeable folks always willing to help. Start simple and safe. Good luck to you on all of your projects.
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Ok ... just joined. Thanks for point it out!
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I recently just joined also and I've been reading up on the past posts. Lots of good info. Which incra fence did you get?
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I hate to tell you because I'm forced to be really cheap these days.

I didn't get a fence, I believe I have the V120 miter.

Although I have no idea what I'm doing yet, I am inexplicitly drawn to fences, especially annodized ones!
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I hate to tell you because I'm forced to be really cheap these days.
Me too. After you take your class, practice running some lengths through your router.
A couple of tips:
Safety first, use push pads and feather boards.
Use quality bits.
Always feed against the bit rotation.
When removing a lot of material, make multiple passes. Make the last one 1/32" and you'll get better results.
The larger the bit, the slower the speed.
Use a starting pin when using a bearing bit without the fence.
Experiment by raising the bit and moving the fence. The same bit can give different profiles.
Get a feel for what your router can and can't do.
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So, you'd turn the speed down for larger bits?

I'll have to look for a cheat sheet of sizes to know when to slow the router down. I assumed I'd just leave it max.

I would like to get some push pads. I got some cheap feather boards and honestly, I don't like them. They feel cheap and I suspect I just won't use them. We'll see.

I will be sure to get out to experiment this weekend. Sometime between a major painting project in the living room, a round of golf (it's going to be in the 40's!) and half a dozen other projects I've got going on...

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