The team at Woodworker's Journal magazine explain some of the features and benefits to the Ready2Rout electronic router table system.
With the rise of more affordable small shop CNC machines and better design software for woodworkers, Rockler is bringing the benefits of both technologies together to build a better "mousetrap" for your router table with its new Ready2Rout Router Table Fence. It's the first-ever electronic router table fence that enables you to cut dadoes, box joints, half-blind dovetails and more with CNC precision by selecting the joint from the fence's onboard memory, using a touch-screen interface. Then, a tight-tolerance lead screw with anti-backlash positions the fence in relation to the bit, and repositions it for each subsequent cut, to mill the desired joint. The user still feeds the workpiece along the multi-track extruded aluminum fence to make each pass, similar to a conventional router table fence. But Ready2Rout eliminates the tedious setting, re-setting and adjusting process involved with positioning a fence the traditional way.
An enclosed controller box attached to the back of the fence houses the touch screen, mechanicals and a USB port for updating the firmware and installing more joinery apps. Since the unit is self-contained, it does not need to be connected to a computer for use. You must supply your own router table, insert plate and router for use. A starter suite of three apps is preinstalled for making box joints, dadoes and half-blind dovetails. More apps will be made available. The fence can also be programmed for step-and-repeat functions, such as when cutting repetitive beading or flutes for columns.
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