Auxiliary Fence

When using a router table, it can be difficult to predict just where and when chipout will occur. It's most likely to be a problem in wood having irregular grain, such as around a knot or where the grain makes a sharp turn towards the edge of a board. But I've seen a chip break off even when the grain seemed fairly straight

If I'm faced with a chipout problem that can't be eliminated by adjusting the feed rate or routing in multiple passes, then 111 attach a zero-clearance auxiliary fence to my router table fence, see Fig. 5.

backing board. The key to the zero-clearance fence is a disposable backing board that fits tight around the bit see Figs. 5 and 6a. When the router bit cuts with the zero-clearance fence in place, the wood fibers along the routed edge are supported by the backing board. This way, the fibers shear off cleanly — they don't chip out.

mini-jointer. To make the jig even more versatile, I added another feature that turns my router table into a "mini-jointer,'' see Fig. 7. By adding an adjustable outfeed side to the auxiliary fence, I can use a straight bit to joint (straighten and smooth) the edges of small boards. (When edge jointing, 111 leave off the backing board.)

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