Okay, I have a really, really dumb-sounding question. I think I know
the answer but I am not 100% sure.
How the heck do you use a router table to, say, cut a rabbett? Or,
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
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...