How the heck do you use a router table to, say, cut a rabbett? Or, well, anything?
To be more specific, how do you line up the fence. I came up with the brilliant idea of making one to use with my dad's old router. I have used the thing as a flush trimmer but I have never done anything but that with a router.
I made the table out of a piece of 3/4" MDF and glued a piece of hardbaord on top and waxed the heck out of it. I made the thing to house only the router I have because, well, I did. That may have been a mistake but the entire contraption only set me back about $20, so who cares?
I made a fence out of a piece of hardwood and worked hard to make it square. And I was actually successful.
Now the time has come to use it and...I don't know how!
It seems to me that a router fence can actually be placed in any direction on a router table like mine and will always produce a straight line because the cut will be at a single point (unlike a table saw, for example, because the blade rotates on a plane rather than around a single point).
Let's say I have a 1/2" straight bit set up in the router and I want to make a 3/8" rabbett...how do I set up the fence? I cannot believe it is all trial-and-error. Do I find the exact middle of the hole and draw a straight line all the way across the table and say that is 0" and place the fence 1/8" in FRONT of the line to cut the 3/8" rabbett? Because, in my mind, if you have a 1/2" straight bit and place it onthe line you drew, you would get a 1/2" rabbett.
If the above is true, it would seem to me that I need to place the fence directly on that line and draw another line on the backend of the fence so I could use the back line to gauge the 1/8" I need to move the fence forward.
AARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! I am getting myself all wrapped up in my underwear!!! I think I am overthinking this and there HAS to be an easy way to do this!!!!!!
Any help is appreciated.
And I guess I will have to live with all the smears I will undoubtably get. But please keep in mind that it may sound like a really dumb question to all you that know but I simply do not understand at the moment. Everybody started out as a beginner and a novice, so...