Now that I have already fixed my router table fence, I can route the end of the wooden strips. So, I hope I won`t get a crooked routing anymore. This is good news if I need, for example, to route some tenons. But even so, it is not easy to keep the strips in the right position, with the head facing the router table fence. Then, it was time to make some kind of router table jig to keep the strips at 90 degrees with the router fence while routing them. This is very useful, as I mentioned before, to route tenons. But if you only have a plunge router, I also made some time ago a curious router tenoning jig to shape the head of the strips.
This router jig has a strip at 90 degrees with the route table fence. So when I have to use this woodworking jig, I put my workpiece against that strip in the tenon jig. Then, to make this tenoning jig I screw a strip to a piece of plywood. And then I screw a guiding strip below the piece of plywood. I just must make sure the guiding strip is at 90 degrees with the strip I have screwed to the plywood. The guiding strip fits in the groove I have in my router table. And because that groove is parallel to the router fence, the strip in the jig is at 90 degrees with the router table fence.
How to make the tenoning jig
To make the tenoning jig, first I cut a 4×4 centimetres strip. I cut it 33cm long. And I use the table saw to cut a rebate in the strip so I can fit a 1cm thick piece of plywood. That piece of plywood is 20cm long by 15cm wide. I could use the router table to route the rebate, but because I was already using the table saw, I decided to set it (you can watch how I set the table saw it in the picture above and in the video) to cut the rebate to fit the plywood.
And I attach the plywood piece to the strip. I also put a wooden block on the plywood piece so I can easily grab this woodworking jig. And that was the most complicated part in the making of this router table jig.
Now I have to adjust this tenon jig. I put the guiding strip in the groove in the router table top. And I put the plywood piece on. I make sure the strip attached to the plywood piece is at 90 degrees with the router table fence, and I also make sure is at some distance from the router bit. And I screw the plywood to the guiding strip. Now I drill a couple of holes in that strip so I can screw another strip against it. That way, I can screw or unscrew the new strip so I can set it’s position. When I use it, I set it so the router bit cuts the end of that strip. That way it will help to avoid tearout when routing the tenon in the workpiece.
Like this I get a router table tenoning jig that is very useful to route tenons to make wood joints. And this woodworking jig is not only a router tenon jig, it is also very useful to crosscut in the table saw.