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Q&A: Router fence spacers – FineWoodworking


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Rout from the within out. When routing a groove that’s wider than the bit, begin with a spacer behind the fence when making the primary cross. Then take away it to chop the outer portion of the groove.

Tamar Hannah’s Adjustable Router-Desk Fence (FWW #292) is attention-grabbing and could possibly be a critical time-saver. Nevertheless, her remark “For those who add spacers between passes, you threat a harmful climb reduce, which might yank the workpiece out of your fingers and your fingers towards the spinning bit,” doesn’t get that including a spacer after a cross truly places the spinning bit deeper beneath the fence such that there can be no contact. Additionally the idea {that a} climb reduce is precipitated not by taking too deep a reduce, however by wrongly feeding the work left to proper, appears to have been missed.

—Wayne Richard, Seneca, S.C.

Michael Pekovich responds: Sorry for the confusion. You’re completely right that the spacers restrict the depth of reduce when routing a profile alongside the sting of a board. The recommendation given right here was particular to routing a large groove within the middle of a board. In that case, it is rather essential that you just start the reduce with spacers in place, in order that, as you take away them, the bit is slicing the wall farther from the fence as you feed the inventory left to proper. Do you have to occur so as to add a spacer after the primary reduce, the bit can be slicing alongside the within wall of the groove, making a climb reduce because the bit is spinning in the identical course because the feed course, which is harmful.

From Fantastic Woodworking #293

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