George Vondriska

Zero-Clearance Router Table Fence

George Vondriska
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From drawer lock joints to rail and stile doors, it stinks when your projects end up with ugly chips and tear out caused by the router table. A zero-clearance fence is a simple solution to this common problem. Don’t let the chips fall where they may. Eliminate them! A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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10 Responses to “Zero-Clearance Router Table Fence”

  1. Matthew

    Hello, is anything either safety or cut wuality gained if sliding both sides of sacrificial fence into bit?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Matthew. It typically isn’t necessary to do the outfeed side. And, because of the rotation of the bit, the outfeed side can be grabby if you do choose to cut it.
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America


    Thank you, I had this kind of problem several times and didn’t know how to solve it!

  3. georgeadair

    George that is a great idea. I am in the start of building upper kitchen cupboards and was wondering for some of my needed end grain router cuts how I was going to stop the tear out. I’ve tried backing the piece into the router bit from the wrong side, but while OK I found it very uncomfortable because the possibility for the board to take a fast walk down the table. Will be installing the sacrifice MDF board this weekend. Question though why you did’nt do the same with the sacrifice on the high side of the bit as well?

    • George Vondriska

      The cut is only prone to tear out on the infeed side, not the oufeed side, so you only need to create the zero clearance on the infeed side.

      • georgeadair

        Somehow I should have known that. Oh well blame it on the old guy syndrome. Got the MDF installed and used it today for the first time. Much improved edges. Thanks for the tip.

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