[Router Table] The Fence

Took advantage of some quiet time after the kiddos went down tonight to make up some time on another secret project.  Finishing the router table was key to that project and can also be really useful on the Castle Bookcase so….it got bumped to priority #1.

That meant tackling the fence.  Luckily, my son’s bedframe broke about four months ago.  I repaired the nice wood frame and rail and kept it in the lumber pile until today, knowing from the get go what it was to be used for. It’s the perfect shape and size for a fancy fence.

So I measured it to length, chopped it off and cut out a notch for the router bit clearance:


As you can see it looks nice standing up already!


And…it comes preset with a little lip in the back that is 1/8″ thicker than a 1×4 on it’s side.


With the notch cut out of the 1×4 backer, I attached with screws, then busted out the Nice Ash plane to knock off the finish.


You can see here the height difference I had to knock down:


Once the rough stuff was sliced off, the WoodRiver jack plane made short work of leveling the bottom…


I did a test fit and it slide nice and smooth across the table. With the backer installed it stands on its own now:


All that was left was to chamfer the bottom front edge to let dust escape, then drill 2 holes for the toilet flange bolts to hold it down…and make handles!


The handles are made from 3/4″ oak, cut into rectangles with a 3/4″ oak dowel segment underneath to act as a spacer. I i stalled a t-nut on the bottom of the dowel segments so the bolt will have something to purchase. This is the last picture from tonight, the fence is done and the bolt handles are drying.


Not bad for an hours worth of work.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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