Fearless Raised-Panel RoutingComments (0)
This article is from Issue 43 of Woodcraft Magazine.
If there’s one router table operation that gives me the
willies, it’s shaping raised panels. The thought of my fingers accidentally
slipping into a monster cutter spinning at upwards of 10,000 rpm prompted me to
cobble together this L-shaped wooden guard. What’s unusual about it is that it
allows use of an overhead featherboard, which ensures clean cuts and a panel
edge of consistent thickness.
The guard’s notch, which “wraps around” my 3⁄8"-thick featherboard, consists of a 3⁄8"-thick cutter cover glued to a 1⁄2"-thick mounting board that clamps to the router table fence. To use the setup, first clamp the featherboard to the fence, applying pressure to the workpiece to be routed. Then clamp the guard to the fence with the cutter cover sitting just slightly above the work.
Paul Anthony, senior editor
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