When routing rails and stiles on the router table, instead of spending time resetting the fence flush with the guide bearing and parallel to the miter slot when swapping bits, make a jig that allows you to instantly repeat the setup.

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Gauge Blocks for Faster Rail-and-Stile Setup

When routing rails and stiles on the router table, it takes time to reset the fence flush with the guide bearing and parallel to the miter slot every time I swap bits. I made a jig that allows me to instantly repeat the setup. After perfecting the fence location and locking it into place, I loosen the wing nuts on the jig, set it in the miter slot, slide the blocks up to the fence as shown, and tighten the wing nuts. Finally, I remove the jig, and begin routing. If you don't have a miter slot in your router table, you still can use the jig. Just make the gauge blocks longer, and guide the hardwood runner against the front edge of the tabletop.

- John Passamonte, Merritt Island, Fla.