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38 American Woodworker FEBRUARY2001 continued Ofl page 40

Drop-in shims offset the fence equal to the depth-of-cut you want to make. Use plastic laminate shims for heavier cuts and construction paper for very light cuts, such as cleaning up saw marks.

Edge joint long, thick stock.

The 6-ft.-long jointer fence provides plenty of support. With a large straight bit you can joint stock up to 2-3/8-in. thick. The high rpm of a router produces smooth edges with little or no tear-out, even on gnarly grained woods.

Is your shop too small to even think about squeezing in a jointer? Then do we have a project for you! And even if you already own a jointer, there are some things this fence can actually do better:

• Drop-in shims adjust the fence offset to accommodate the depth-of-cut (Photo 1).

• Carbide router bits allow you to edge joint man-made materials like particleboard or melamine without sentencing yourself to hard time replacing dull knives (Photo 2).

Drop-in shims offset the fence equal to the depth-of-cut you want to make. Use plastic laminate shims for heavier cuts and construction paper for very light cuts, such as cleaning up saw marks.

• An oversize table lets you edge joint wide stock flat, rather than balancing it on edge against a jointers narrow fence (Photo 3).

The fence is a cinch to build and it'll only cost you about $50 (less if you've got any scrap laying around). That shouldn't set your shop-tool savings plan back much!

Submitted by Rick McKee, Woodbury, MN.

Edge joint long, thick stock.

The 6-ft.-long jointer fence provides plenty of support. With a large straight bit you can joint stock up to 2-3/8-in. thick. The high rpm of a router produces smooth edges with little or no tear-out, even on gnarly grained woods.

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