Safer Way to Rout Vertical Workpieces
While using a router table to cut the key, or pin, for a sliding dovetail joint, it’s a challenge to keep the vertical workpiece against the fence and on the router table, while keeping your fingers away from the spinning bit. I’ve devised a surefire, safe method that also ensures a good, clean cut. It utilizes a tall fence and a vertical push stick.
The push stick also serves as the handle, helping you to keep the board tight and plumb against the router-table fence. The adjustable (and replaceable) backer block hooks the board to help keep it from rocking and also helps to prevent tearout at the end of the cut.
Drawings by Jim Richey