Soup Up Your Router Table
A Host of Great Accessories
By Dave Munkittrick
By Dave Munkittrick
|Even if you already own a router table, you’ll want to build these
accessories to increase safety expand your routing capabilities and improve your results, Specifically designed for use with the American Woodworker
Router Table, these accessories are easily adapted to use on almost any
Featherboards are like having an extra pair of hands. They’re probably the most
Figure 1: Featherboards
These featherboards are made from clear, solid-wood stock like pine or
A Stop Block
Stop blocks are a must for making accurate stopped cuts (Photo 2).
Figure 2: Stop Block
Cut hardwood runners (V) wide enough to just fit into the T-track
A Crosscut Sled
A crosscut sled eliminates the need for a miter track (Photo 3). The sled slides along a fence-mounted T-track using
Figure 3: Crosscut Sled
The only tricky part to making this accessory is getting the holes
A Free-Hand Routing Guard
A free-hand guard for safe routing when a fence won’t work (Photo 4). The guard attaches to the T-track at the
Figure 4: Freehand Routing Guard
Assemble the base (parts B, C and D) with glue and screws. Then
A Tall Fence
A tall fence is provides extra support for vertical routing (Photo 5).
Figure 5: Tall Fence
This tall fence fits between the two outside supports of the main
1. Featherboards make routing safer and better. Safer because they hold
the work against the table and fence instead of your hands. Better
because the constant pressure holds the piece on both sides of the bit
for smooth, washboard-free profiles.
2. A stop block is indispensable for cuts that don’t go the entire
length of the board. Ours mounts on the fence T-track for quick settings
that won’t budge.
3. A crosscut sled replaces the miter slot found on many commercial
4. A freehand guard and a starting pin are a must for routing curved
5. A tall fence makes vertical routing safe and accurate. It provides
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