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Sliding Top for Router Tables

Our sliding tabletop lets you guide your stock straight over a router bit.

Routing dadoes--grooves across the grain--poses several challenges, especially on narrow stock. Securing the workpiece, spacing the dadoes, and guiding the router straight over the stock become even more difficult on small workpieces.

This sliding top for your router table, from WOOD magazine reader C.E. Rannefeld, of Decatur, Ala., makes dado-routing easy. Start with a piece of 1/8"-thick tempered hardboard as wide as the front-to-back dimension of your router table and about 4" longer than the end-to-end distance. Attach a 1x2" guide bar across each end on the underside of the hardboard, locating them so the hardboard slides without excessive side play.

Chuck the straight bit for dadoing into the router. Raise the bit the distance above the hardboard equal to the depth you want the dado to be. Push the hardboard sliding tabletop into the bit, and cut a slot about halfway across the hardboard. Notch a 1x2" fence to clear the bit, and mount it at the back of the sliding top.

To rout dadoes, hold the workpiece firmly against the fence and slowly slide the tabletop across the bit. Add a stop-block for repetitive cuts.


Comments (5)
robbyw11 wrote:

Maybe I am tilting windmills, but this looks like it could trap the workpiece between the bit and the fence. That is a sure recipe for a kickback.

8/7/2014 03:34:49 PM Report Abuse
seagullx2 wrote:

I don't care for info links to KBB and Casino in a woodworking article, especially hidden up a highlighted "Wood magazine"

8/7/2014 10:48:26 AM Report Abuse
bobmcl08 wrote:

Thank you. Simple but effective. Bob

1/3/2011 05:56:21 AM Report Abuse
koenig2425850 wrote:

FWIW to save it as a word document: Hold left mouse button down at S in Sliding, drag mouse down page to end of article, article should be highlighted. Press Ctrl C to copy. Start up word and press Ctrl V to paste onto page. Photo and text will be enlarged.

11/5/2010 12:54:54 AM Report Abuse
silverfox1234 wrote:

Too bad I can't download it.

11/4/2010 09:33:09 PM Report Abuse

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