Chip-Swallowing Router Fence

This made-from-scraps router fence—along with your shop vacuum— collects wood chips while you work.

The Family Handyman

This made-from-scraps router fence—along with your shop vacuum— collects wood chips while you work. On a table saw, cut a straight piece of 2×4 to 2-1/4 in. wide for the fence’s height, being sure the vertical face and bottom edge of the fence form a 90-degree angle. Saw a “mouse hole” in the center of the fence to fit over the router bit, then screw together a plywood box with a hole in the top to fit your shop vacuum hose (1-1/4 in. or 2-1/4 in. diameter). It’s noisy to run a router and vacuum at the same time, so wear hearing protection! Many thanks to Blair Thompson for routing this great tip our way.

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