Make a Router Edge Guide

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Make a edge guide for your router. This is a simple router edge guide to make.

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Step 1: Make a Router Edge Guide

I always suggest watching the build video so that you have a better understanding of my building process.

Step 2: ​Building the Base for the Guide :

The first thing I did was remove the base plate from my router so that I could use this as a template.

On most routers the base is attached with a series of screws that are easily removed with the router turned up side down as shown.

Step 3:

For the base I used 1/4 inch thick plywood.

Using the removed base plate as a guide I set the distance for the width of my cut on the table saw, by placing the router plate to the inside edge of the blade and setting my fence at the point it make contact with the plate on the opposing side and locked down my fence I then made my cut.

The length of this guide can be as long or as short as you desire it to be.

Step 4:

Then using the base plate as a template at one end of the 1/4 inch stock I marked the locations of the screw holes, the opening for the router bit and also traced the outer edge of the plate just to give the guide a rounded edge.

Step 5:

The holes for the screws I drilled at the drill press as well as the opening for the router bit, I did use a fostner bit for the router bit hole.With all the holes drilled I rounded this end of the base using my bandsaw I then cleaned it up at the belt sander.

note : the holes for the screws need to have a counter sink so that when installed the screws will sit beneath the surface as to allow the guide to slide free of restriction and also avoid marking the surface of the project being worked on.

Step 6:

The last thing I needed to do with the base was to create two slots for the fence of this jig. These slots will be used to adjust the fence, allowing the guide to be used at different lengths.

I created these slots at the router table using a straight bit andremoving a little bit of material with each pass until I was all of the way through.

Step 7: The Fence :

The fence for the guide is the easiest part of this build to create.

I made this one from a piece of 1/2 inch thick Oak. It requires two holes to be drilled that line up directly with the two slots in the base of the guide.

Step 8:

The fence attaches with two bolts, the head of both these bolts I recessed into the fence. I did this by setting the bolt into the hole then tracing the head of it with a pencil, once my line was established I removing the waste up to the pencil lines with a chisel.

Step 9:

The fence attaches to the base of the guide as shown . With the two bolts installed in the fence they are inserted through the slots in the base, then a washer and last the knob is screwed on.

Step 10: ​Installing the Guide on the Router and Using It :

The guide is screwed to the base of the router in place of the base plate using the screws that originally held the base plate to the router..

Step 11:

Using the guide is easy. Just set the fence to the desired distance then tighten the knobs

Step 12: Final Thoughts :

This is a really simple guide to build and the uses for it are endless. From guiding the router when cutting dados and grooves even to rabbets for a cabinet panel, it is really only limited in application by the imagination.

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    10 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Question - I'm new to routers. Though I have used one for a couple of years, I've only used it on the router table. Would it be a good idea to incorporate a piece on the fence to force the guide into a 90 degree angle? In other words, some way to keep the guide and fence at a true right angle. Based on what I'm seeing, the guide and fence could be off as much as 10 - 15 degrees, perhaps. Maybe this isn't an issue and I'm over thinking a very well built guide. Thanks for your input.

    1 reply

    The fence of the guide being out of true vertical alignment will not effect anything, the fence just rides along the edge of the material you are using the guide on.


    3 years ago

    This could be turned into a circle edge guide very easily, no?

    5 replies

    A circle cutting jig. It seems that your edge guide lacks only a pivot pin to become one. Am I wrong?

    A circle cutting jig is basically built the same as this jig. Here is how you want to do this, build the base of the jig as I did but do not create the slots or build the fence. Instead you would draw one pencil line center of the base that goes from the opening for the router bit to the opposite end of the jig. Then drill a hole about every 1/4 of an inch over the length of this pencil line, this hole should be just large enough to except a small screw. The way this works is locate the center of the circle you wish to create and mark it with a pencil. Then place the jig with the router attached on top of the material you marked for the circle cut. The size of the circle is determined by the distance between the router bit and the corresponding hole with in the series of holes you drilled. Line up that hole with the pencil mark you made to locate the center of your circle and attach the jig with a screw directly through this hole into the material you are creating the cut in, the screw should be tight enough to hold the jig in place but allow the jig to rotate. Then with the router turned on lower your bit and make your first cut, as you move the jig it will pivot from the point it is screwed down at. One thing to note this is a cut that should take several passes to achieve, don't try and tackle this with one cut it should take several. and you want to secure your work piece safely down to your bench or work surface. Hope this helps any other questions feel free to ask.

    A circle cutting jig. It seems that your edge guide lacks only a pivot pin to become one. Am I wrong?


    Reply 3 years ago

    I see a way to add the feature of becoming a circle guide.
    Take the center point of the guide bar on the underside, drill/route/cut a V notch or a half round hole at the center of the guide strip. Then Pivot this notch around a pin (or screw) at the center of the circle being cut out.
    |_____^_____| (Crude ASCII drawing, I know.)