Maybe a newbie question on using featherboards with a router table:
Should featherboards (horizontal or vertical) be located on the infeed
side, the outfeed side, or even aligned with the cutterhead? I'm just
not sure if the "infeed only" rule for tablesaw featherboards carries
over to router tables.
It depends on the cut. If the fence support the work piece before and after
the cut (which is true for most of the cuts I make) then it doesn't really
matter. I ussually put one bofore and one after.
Joe in Denver
my woodworking website:
Really depends on the cut I am doing....
HOWEVER I normally place the featherbord (the one located on the
table itself just ahead of the bit... to hold the workpiece against
the fence ..The featherborrd that is attached to the fence usually
stradles the bit some before some after...this keeps the workpiece
held down flat...
The "Infeed Only" rule for tablesaws is to prevent kickback. A
featherboard for a table saw on the outfeed side would force the offcut
back into the blade, causing it to bind and then be launched back at
you. think of the rotation of the blade in slow motion and it makes
Not a problem for the Y-axis rotation of a router bit. Use
Featherboards wherever feels safe.
I place mine by the cutter. I don't want the board coming away from the
fence on the outfeed side, as that will reduce depth of cut just as if
the board was held away from the infeed side. I sometimes use another
featherboard over the cutter.
Wayne Whitney wrote:
Sounds like the consensus is that for edging or grooving operations
using the fence on a router table, it is safe to use a featherboard
anywhere on the table and anywhere on the fence. Agreed?
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