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Safe End-Grain Routing

Build a backer block that secures workpieces safely when working the end-grain of narrow stock at the router table

Not all router tables are outfitted with miter gauge slots, particularly shop-built router tables. This can be a problem when cross-grain routing narrow stock. In the video below you can learn how to construct a backer block to secure the workpiece while leaving plenty of room between your fingers and the router bit for tricky end-grain cuts. The block provides excellent support, and—thanks to the skewed handle—the jig’s base is pressed into the fence by the user. And of course you can still use this backer block even if your router table does have a miter slot, to give you extra support and eliminate tearout.

Bosch RA1181 - the bestselling Router Table on the market

And if you don’t feel like building your own? Like most top quality router tables, the Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table features a miter slot as well as a whole host of other features. It’s been one of the bestselling router tables on the market ever since it first came out and it’s easy to see why – you get a quality, well-constructed router table with a ton of features for an incredibly low price – currently around $180 on the web. 

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