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    Another Router Table Question

    Got another question.

    When the miter slot is located, how critical is it? Is there a set spacing from the center of the router bit?

    Don't know if I ever plan to use a bought jig, but would hate to loose the opportunity.

    Oh how did you cut the slot. Dado or router bit? I am thinking router.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Got another question.

    When the miter slot is located, how critical is it? Is there a set spacing from the center of the router bit?

    Don't know if I ever plan to use a bought jig, but would hate to loose the opportunity.

    Oh how did you cut the slot. Dado or router bit? I am thinking router.
    The critical distance is far enough away that the gage won't hit the bit!

    And figure that on the largest bit you ever plan on using with a miter guide...

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    Not sure abot proper spacing, but mine is set around 6" from the center of the hole. This gives me plenty of room for big bits. I cut mine with a router and straight edge.

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    I put the miter slot a couple of inches in front of the insert plate. I'm sure it will come in handy some day but I have yet to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    I put the miter slot a couple of inches in front of the insert plate. I'm sure it will come in handy some day but I have yet to use it.
    I too put one on my old router table, never used it and it was a chip/small part collector, the new table in the wing of my table saw has no mitre slot, and I do not miss it. YMMV
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    the only time i miss not having one steve is when doing cope cuts on cab doors..you can slide along the fence but rather use a slot to do it.. helps on the recut if yu made it to long
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    I took my table featherboard and used that as my guide. Used my router to make the slot, as the table was already done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    the only time i miss not having one steve is when doing cope cuts on cab doors..you can slide along the fence but rather use a slot to do it.. helps on the recut if yu made it to long
    Your fence has to always be exactly parallel to the slot then, I just make a coping sled, easy then.
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    i have a coping sled that i use which rides along the fence but with a slot you dont need to have the base of the sled in the cutter..first time threw its fine but the second time it get tricky.likes to loose its refence point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Your fence has to always be exactly parallel to the slot then, I just make a coping sled, easy then.
    Agreed. I have an Incra LS Positioner and Jumbo Right Angle fixture - works well.
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