A friend gave me a woodworking magazine that had a fantastic design for a
router table that could make micro adjustment to the bit height by turning a
crank screw from the top of the table with out messing with the router. I
can't find the magazine(wife cleaned out my reading stack) and was wondering
if anyone knew what magazine this design was featured in so I buy a
replacement copy of the magazine.
Thanks in advance
I suppose it's accurate to 1/1000" The threads on their lifts are 32 pitch.
If it was graduated to 1/1000", it would take you all day to adjust a bit
height 1/2". Not the way I like to enjoy my woodworking.
Supposing doesn't make it in this case. It doesn't really matter as very few
woodworkers would ever know or care but making claims like that means
something. The pitch of the threads has no bearing on accuracy. Milling
machines are graduated in .001 and they move along at a pretty good pace. I
looked up the lift. It is graduated to .001. Due to the mechanism involved
though, the chances of positioning router to that precision are slim.
Yes. This is really handy when I'm zeroing out the fence to the
router bit (bits aren't perfect you know); I use a long straightedge
cantilevered off the bit itself and sneak up to "no wiggle" with the
dial. It's also handy for loosening up dovetail or box joints.
Of course, I only do this when I need to make a cut that accurately,
which happens occasionally when I'm making a jig for some other
Also, you can consider a "half turn" to be 1/64 which comes in handy
For those that may not know, Pat Warner designed this router fence several
years back and it was a featured article in FWW. It was a very well written
and inspired me to try and build the fence. I initially built a beta
version to practice cutting the pieces that make this fence as accurate as
it is. The guides were close but not quite there. After a couple of emails
to Pat for some advice, the next iteration came out great.
I certainly can't say that mine would meet Pat's specifications and there is
more work to building this fence than meets the eye. So if you decide to
build one, be prepared for several challenges. If you need accuracy,
repeatability and want a real workhorse in your shop, than anyone interested
in purchasing one of these will find it to be money well spent.
Being only a hobbyist, this fence hasn't seen any real production use but
after doing two complete kitchen makeovers for family, and a number of other
projects, that fence is still rock solid and accurate and definitely has
made routing an enjoyable part of my projects. The router used to be a tool
that was fired-up only when something needed an edge treatment - and I
really didn't look forward to using it all that much. After reading some
more articles at his site (www.patwarner.com) and several of his books, the
router is now second to the tablesaw as the most used tools in my shop.
I know this sounds like I'm shilling for Pat (and I'm probably embarrassing
him) but there's no association other than a very satisfied customer. If you
want to learn more about routing - give his site a good close look. Pat is
also very good at answering emails as well as offering advice here in the
group. He's been an excellent mentor and one of the few pro's to continue to
offer sage advice.
On Sat, 23 Jul 2005 09:59:50 -0400, "Bruce on horizon"
Woodsmith had something like that as a reader's suggestion. All it
was was a pipe clamp with one end bolted to the underside of the top-
it did look sort of handy, though. That one had the crank under the
table- not above it, but you can buy inserts that have a removable
handle that you can use to adjust the bit height from the top of the
table. Is it possible that you were looking at suggested hardware in
that article? I'd think that would be too much effort to make to
really be worthwhile.
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