Router Woodworking

Back of the Curtain Fence
Plans for this Spartan Router Table & Safety Curtain Fence in chapters 3 & 4.

Front of the Curtain Fence

The router table is a splendid setting for routing. Nonetheless, it does have its limitations, but expect to do 80+% of your routing on it. In my 8 chapter PDF I describe the nature of the tool, its advantages, and how to use it. There are chapters characterizing its components (the fence, top, stand & motor). And for your amusement, throughout the text, I present the red (hazardous), green (fun & safe) and grey areas so you will stay in the black and not get blue in the process.

There are instructions and pictures for making the Curtain Fence* and a one panel router table** to get you started. The table, in spite of its Spartan design, is capable of precise and substantial woodwork. The unit uses no floor space; clamp it to the bench for instant service or hang it on a rafter when you don't need it. From this simple one you can make another. It is easier to make a router table if you already have one! The chapter on making a stand will get you to the next level.

The Fence is as safe as it gets. It is transparent, continuous, and only that fraction of the cutter doing the work is exposed. The fence pivots from one end and is clamped on the other. Its tee-section prevents deflection, and the 3/8" thick plastic curtain and aluminum bar washer create a laminate the ordinary router person cannot bend.

"The Router Table PDF" *** was written for the starter but should provide some fun and surprise for the experienced too. You might have a router table but need another for a dedicated and safe procedure. This could be just the ticket. Expect to understand the stationary router table, make a simple one (with fence) and use the bugger safely with a thorough read of my work.

*The Curtain Fence is not for all applications. Cutters stacked on an arbor such as cope & stick, slotters, and finger joints, are not acceptable. Bearing guided cutters will have to run without their bearings. The vertical depth of cut is limited to ~1". 1/8" of stock (minimum) must always be in contact with the fence so full thickness cuts are not possible. Do not expect to make raised panel door cuts with this fence. This fence is for light to medium duty, straight line cuts, up to an inch high x any practical width.

**The table is relatively unsophisticated and does not support the usual metal or plastic insert router installation. The router casting is screwed directly to the top providing additional integrity & deflection resistance. Expect no sag from this configuration.

*** The work is comprised of 8 chapters (An intro, The advantage, Panel Table, The Fence, Stand, Motor, Top, & Use), 59 pictures and 13,600 words that mean things. Click for sample chapter in MS Word (no pix)

Email-able PDF $22.00.

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