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Here's how to fine-tune a fence setting, fine-tune? you're asking. I use a little steel rule to measure from bit to fence. What's to fine-tune?

Well, how about a sliding dovetail setup.

You've cut the groove, and you're closing in on the fence setting to cut the pin. The test cut yields a pin that's just a little tight. You need to move the fence a little more. Just enough to take a shaving off the pin. Any more than that and the tail will be too small and will rattle in the slot. Your steel rule. Bunkie, is going to keep you going back and forth, back and forth; you may never get it quite right.

You need fine-tuning.

To take off that shaving, your fence adjustment has got to be paper-thin. The trick is to control the fence movement. What you do is this: You put a shim between the fence and a stop block you clamp to the router table. Then you unclamp the fence, remove the shim, and set the fence against the stop block. Reclamp the fence. You've moved it the thickness of the shim.

This trick works going either way. You "open up" the fence setting by putting the shim in when you set the block. But you could also set the block right against the fence, then close the fence by putting in the shim to move the fence away from the block.

To fine-tune a fence setting, clamp a scrap block at the fence with a shim of some sort between it and the fence. Loosen the fence, pull the shim, slide the fence tight to the stop, and reclamp it. The impact at the bit will be one-half the thickness of the shim. Use a piece of laminate if you want to move the fence Vib inch. For less movement, use a scrap of sandpaper (as here), an index card or two. or a thickness or two of paper.

To fine-tune a fence setting, clamp a scrap block at the fence with a shim of some sort between it and the fence. Loosen the fence, pull the shim, slide the fence tight to the stop, and reclamp it. The impact at the bit will be one-half the thickness of the shim. Use a piece of laminate if you want to move the fence Vib inch. For less movement, use a scrap of sandpaper (as here), an index card or two. or a thickness or two of paper.

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