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Trim panels flush with a rabbeted tablesaw fence

Trim panels flush with a rabbeted tablesaw fence

You've glued some solid-wood edging on a set of plywood panels, and now it's time to trim the edging flush. If you don't have a flush-trim router bit, is hand-planing the only solution? If you own a tablesaw, you're just an auxiliary fence away from a super-quick solution. Make a 1 x 6" wooden auxiliary fence for your tablesaw and cut a rabbet in its face exactly as wide as the kerf of your blade. Attach the auxiliary fence to your regular rip fence and position it so that the outside edge of the blade is flush with the outside face of the auxiliary fence as shown in the drawing at left. Then, run your workpiece along the fence to trim off the excess edging. We used a 50-tooth, carbide-tipped blade for clean, splinter-free results.

-- from the WOOD® magazine shop

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vfreeck wrote:

I have been doing this on my router table for years. Same basic set up but use a straight bit

5/7/2010 10:47:24 AM Report Abuse
rupps3 wrote:

That's a great idea. For wider panels though, the risk increases the difficulty of keeping the panel flat against your auxiliary fence. As an alternative, double stick a 1/4" ply panel (or just strips near the edge) to the face of your workpiece, then set up your table router with a flat bottom bit raised to the depth of your 1/4" ply. Place your workpiece face side down and route away the overhang of your edging. I wouldn't have thought of this had I not seen your idea. Thanks for posting.

5/6/2010 05:48:28 PM Report Abuse
parascuba1 wrote:

Just tried this and it works Great!

4/9/2010 08:14:28 AM Report Abuse
usgrant1224610 wrote:

Solves my problem!

4/8/2010 06:16:18 PM Report Abuse
ringy732 wrote:

Good Idea

4/8/2010 10:42:12 AM Report Abuse

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