Homemade table saw fence #4: Paint job and wooden handle

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Blog entry by Bram Couttouw posted 02-07-2012 06:42 PM 23803 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I painted everything, I’ve sanded all the surface rust off with some 80 grit sandpaper and cleaned it all with paint thinner.

Now, everything is ready for it’s first layer of black hammerite hammertone paint.

To lock the fence in place, you will need some sort of handle to screw in the clamping cam. All the aftermarket fences have a painted handle, but it thought if I’m going to paint it then the paint will wear off anyway and the light brown wood that I’m using for the handle would contrast pretty nicely with the black paint.
So I took a block of wood, cut it in 2 and routed a stopped groove in it. The wood is afrormosia.

Then I’ve marked the area that has to be removed for the head of the bolt.

And cut it away with my dremel.


Then I’ve glued it up with polyurethane glue (epoxy would work just as good), let it sit over night and turned it to the shape that I liked the most on my drillpress, sanded it to 1000grit and finished it with a coat of beeswax.

The completed fence system.

As you can see I have bolted 2 plastic boards to the fence tube, just like the aftermarket fences.

I’m very happy with the way the fence turned out. I think it really looks nice and looks a lot like the ones you can buy. I think it works just as good as the aftermarket ones. There is zero deflection when I’m sawing a piece of wood. And for the total price of 27 euro (including the paint) I can’t complaine either.

Special thanks to my uncle that borrowed me his 20+ year old stick welder.

This is my last blog about the table saw fence.
Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 11:51 PM

Great looking fence!!! I am soooo stealing the handle idea!!! There are a few things in my shop that need them.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 11:53 PM

good work top to bottom.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 06:29 PM

Feel free to steal the handle idea, festeringsplinter :)

Thanks Jim

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 02:28 PM

You are my hero. Good job

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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