Router Table for Jointing
I've been having a heck of a time trying to get my router to make decent edge joints. I've got a Kreg split fence on a custom-built router table, the Kreg fence has splines to slide in behind the outfeed side to offset. I've installed the splines, and set the outfeed fence flush with the apex on the cutter and can not get decent results. I use a quality straight edge to set the fence position and ensure that the gap on the infeed side is equal all the way along the straight edge.
When I attempt to joint I apply pressure on the outfeed side as I feed the piece thru. I've really tried applying pressure toward the fence just about any way I can think of, including on the infeed initially and transfer to the outfeed as I make the pass. I typically end up with decent results on the ends of the piece and a concave in the middle. I've tried to flip one piece face down in thought that perhaps the router wasn't square to the table, which I have checked with a small machinist square and it seems quite good. On a side note, any thoughts on the best way to ensure the router is square to table? I've got a Jessem Masterlift, when checking against a bit that is 1.5" tall it looks great, but I wonder how accurate that really is, perhaps a 10-12" piece of 1/2 round bar and check against that?
In all reality, I get useable results off my TS with a general-purpose blade where I can't get the router table to produce a decent result for the life of me. I know the easiest answer, just use the TS; but for smaller pieces the TS is a bit of a pain and feels like a bigger safety risk.
Any Help is Appreciated,