Using the Router Table

Using this router table isn't a whole lot different than using any other.

Because of the location of the router and the orientation of the saw's fence, you most frequently approach the router table from what is the saw's right rear corner. 'Hie drawing Feed Direction makes this clear. You've got to keep the area around the saw's right end clear so you can move around and maneuver a workpiccc.

The fence is handy because it's right there on the saw. You can slide it into position quickly and set it. No clamps to fiddle with. And it won't shift out of position, either.

The disadvantage of using the saw's fence crops up when you arc switching back and forth between the router table and the table saw.

Making moldings is a good example. To make narrow moldings, you want to rout die profile on a wide board, then rip the stick from the board, then rout the profile on the new edge, then rip it from the board. To do this, you have to keep shifting the fence back and forth. Let me tell you from experience, it'll drive you nuts.

In these circumstances, it's better to use a separate fence for the router table, so you can preserve the router table setup while using the rip fence for the saw operations.

In other particulars, such as changing bits, setting bit height, and controlling the workpiccc. do with this router table as you would with any other router table.


Router table feed direction

Router table feed direction

Wood Router Feed Directions Chart

When using the table saw's rip fence to guide a router cut, the feed direction is exactly opposite that for a saw cut. So the optimal post for a router woodworker is facing the right end of the saw.

With the split fence positioned outboard of the bit, the feed direction mimics that of a saw cut. Stand in front of the saw and push the work, just as in making a saw cut.

When using a bit's pilot to guide a cut, your working post is more flexible. The feed direction "rotates" clockwise around the bit.

A long straightedge can be clamped across the saw table to guide a cut in an especially long or wide workpiece. This approach provides the best support for the workpiece. Position the fence "behind" the bit. and feed from the saw's right to its left.

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