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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 move. 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 severe time-saver. Nonetheless, her remark “When you add spacers between passes, you threat a harmful climb lower, which might yank the workpiece out of your palms and your fingers towards the spinning bit,” doesn’t get that including a spacer after a move truly places the spinning bit deeper below the fence such that there can be no contact. Additionally the idea {that a} climb lower is triggered not by taking too deep a lower, 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 might be completely appropriate that the spacers restrict the depth of lower when routing a profile alongside the sting of a board. The recommendation given right here was particular to routing a large groove within the heart of a board. In that case, it is vitally necessary that you just start the lower with spacers in place, in order that, as you take away them, the bit is chopping the wall farther from the fence as you feed the inventory left to proper. Must you occur so as to add a spacer after the primary lower, the bit can be chopping alongside the within wall of the groove, making a climb lower for the reason that bit is spinning in the identical route because the feed route, which is harmful.

From High-quality Woodworking #293

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