New Router Table Fence

Well, I made my decision on my previous post and decided to buy the Incra router table fence to make the drawers for the desks.  Totally necessary?  No, but should make this and future projects easier and I too know a good opportunity to buy a tool when I see one.

I bought the Incra LS positioner (see and once it arrives and is installed on my router table I will sell my current like-new 36" Bench-Dog ProFence to help to defray the cost.  If anyone is interested in buying it before it goes to e-bay, email me an offer.

I have already extended the back of my router table to allow for the mounting of the Incra jig (it requires a lot of room behind the bit), and the table is now ready to go.

I will post my opinion of the Incra once I have had time to experience it.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

Posted on January 31, 2007, in Tools and Shop, Woodturning. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Was there any specific shortcoming or feature that made you abandon the Bench Dog Pro?

  2. The BenchDog fence is excellent and I would highly recommend it. The only reason that I am trading it is that I wanted the “incremental positioning” feature that the Incra fence offers (I’d recommend that you read their website as I will not describe it well). I am no idea yet if this “incremental” feature is worth it yet since the Incra is the only fence that I am aware of that offers it….it might be just another gadget, but I have to try. The BenchDog is a top-notch “traditional” router-fence.

  3. I’ll look forward to your assessment of its worth. Somewhere down the line, a router table is on my list of “build this” projects. At that time, I’ll be considering fence options using a classic price vs. functionality assessment, and hoping you will have weighed in. Don’t worry: there are plenty of projects ahead of that one 😉

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