Split Fences or Not – 360w360 E.191

router_table_fenceIn this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking the 360 guys discuss whether a split fence or a single-piece fence is best for a router table.

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Split Fence or Not:

Many woodworkers purchase commercially made router tables that come with a split fence, but is it necessary to have one? Split and single-piece fences each have their pros and cons, but the guys choose a definite winner in this contest.

Split fences allow the router table to be used as a jointer to straighten edges (sorry, no flattening happening here). They also allow full profile cuts when molding edges. By offsetting the outfeed fence you avoid sniping the end of the board.

Single-piece fences allow for finer adjustment of the fence because you can lock one end in position and adjust by pivoting the other. Because you’re working along the hypotenuse of the triangle, you get a finer adjustment at the point where the bit intersects the plane of the fence. You also don’t have to worry about the infeed and outfeed faces of the fence getting out of plane. Your boards will always travel smoothly from infeed to outfeed.

Which is your preference?

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One thought on “Split Fences or Not – 360w360 E.191

  1. I’m definitely in favor of a split fence.
    I recently built a relatively large router table including a large split fence and have been using it a lot.
    Using the split fence to have a bearing mounted bit where the bearing is flush with the fence makes sense.
    Good topic.
    I’d like to hear more about it down the road.

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