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Tablesaw Fence Caddy #1: An Organizer for my Stuff on my Tablesaw

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-21-2017 02:35 AM 1596 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I read a Woodsmith newsletter the other day where they suggested a small organizer for use on your table saw fence. I took that idea and made a larger one to fit on my Bob Van Dyke style multi-use RIP fence. This RIP fence has a base on which I can fasten throw-away sacrificial fences for say burying a saw blade or DADO set. I also made a tall melamine fence with a guide like Bob uses to cut tenons on my table saw. An image of my multi-use fence is given below.

You can tell how much stuff I stack on this fence.

Here is a photo of the caddy I completed the other day. I now can organize my stuff better.

To remove it I simply just lift it off the multi-use RIP fence that I have clamped to the Saw Stop fence.

In the image below you can see the 3/4 inch strip I have glued on to the top plate. This strip fits snuggly into the top of the multi-use RIP fence. Just the weight of gravity holds it nicely in place.

-- --- Happy Howie



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#1 posted 10-21-2017 09:51 PM

Hellow Happy,

You may not be real happy reading this but,
I saw the same Woodsmith post about having a tools attached to the saw fence, I personally would not do it for a few reasons:
1. It adds clutter to the work area and the gear can be located elsewhere, for example a magnetic attached box on the cabinet side.
2. There ia a risk that all the extra load will make the adjustment of the fence inaccurate as its dragging a heap of monkeys with it.
3. the addition of the clutter (Tools) it adds the risk of an accident happening by means of a Foriegn Object if something was to dislodge. Check out your steel rule for one.
4. It also provides the opportunity to just grab something whilst the blade is exposed but not necessarly working and, by sheer accident it might add drop it onto the blade damaging it or if its rotating returning the item quicker than you can duck, even a plastic or soft item hurts at high velocity, just ask any paintballer!!

As for the fence mod by Bob Van Dyke, I have something similar but without clamps, it attached into the fence edge grooves.
Maybe I will post a picture of the fence, but my saw is 14 years old and no longer made so few LJs would have something that vintage.

Purely my opinion and not intended to belittle your work practices in any way, just another avenue of thought to consider.

So after say that just where would the gear go?

Some suggestions for relocation: Tape measures pencils and other associated tools could be located on the workbench nearby, or on your ear, (I have big ears) or as mentioned earlier in a caddy on the side of the saw just the spot for mag switch feather boards and the likes.

There is however one iten I have on the saw top and that’s a 6” steel rule, which lies in the gully of the rip fence slide at the front of the saw.

Your big steel rule if you must have it so close fit some magnets on top of your fence and firmly attach it there please.

This all coming from somebody with no formal skills no workshop and no scientific evidence to support their claims but I thought it worth mentioning anyway.

Good job on your fence BVD fence

-- Regards Robert

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HappyHowie

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#2 posted 10-21-2017 11:09 PM

Rob, I do not mind your comments. You made some goods points.

I suppose we all have different methods we use in our shops. I haven’t had the advantage of working as an apprentice in a master woodworker’s shop. I have learned on the job so to speak and as I have gained experience. I have learned also a lot of “what to do” and “what not to do” by watching videos on the Internet. For instance, I will not use just my bare hands to push lumber over spinning router bits on my shop made router table, nor over the turning cutters on my jointer. I use push pads that came with my Grizzly jointer or my Micro JIG Grippers.

I own two aprons. One I use at my lathe and it remains turned inside out for use only at that lathe. The other apron is a better two back strap that does not pull on my neck. I just have not become accustom to using it everyday in my shop. If I did then I would probably get use to having my pencil, a rule, and other things in its pockets. Well, I have pencils, rules, tape measures and stuff in that apron all the time. I just don’t wear the apron every time I am in my shop.

I use to have a roll-around cart with two shelves that I purchased somewhere; maybe it was Sears or Amazon. Its cost was under $100. It is a great cart. I would pile my lumber and stuff on it. With lumber on it I would stack and move my rough sawn lumber over to the jointer, then to the planer and then to the table saw. It was great, but then I decided to make my Powermatic mortiser mobile and I put it on top of that cart.

Now as I am writing this I am thinking I should buy another cart like it. That is what I really needed besides this caddy wasn’t it?

Live and learn…

One thing I have learned to enjoy at my table saw and other places in my shop is that metal rule you saw. I also have another rule like it that is 24 inches long instead of 36. I can begin my measurements right up to its ends. I never have gotten use to using my table saw’s integrated measuring tape to set my RIP fences. I trust the accuracy I get at my table saw from using my metal rule. I have never considered my metal rule to be in the way of my work. It is part of my shop work.

Thank you for your comment. I am now looking for a new cart…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 01:02 AM

My Annie suggested that I look for a label on my mobile cart. It is a Luxor. I must have bought it on Amazon.com. I found it or one that looks like it. There are three shelves: top, middle and bottom instead of two as I stated above.

My new cart will be here Wednesday. So I will begin dismantling this cabby and put the plywood back in the scrap stack…

So others might be able to see the multi-use fence I built from a Bob Van Dyke article in Fine Woodworking Magazine, here are a few more images of this fence: its base unit and the addon fences. Bob also made a JIG from a suggestion his friend Steve Latta made. It fits over a runner strip of hardwood placed at the top of the addon melamine fence. I use the tall fence and JIG for cutting tenons, etc.

Attachable Fences hanging on my JIG Wall

Sliding JIG for Tall Fence

This image clip shows how the JIG is made as well as how it fits over the tall melamine fence’s runner strip. It works great and I like it a lot.
Snipped Image from FineWoodworking.com

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 10-22-2017 06:17 AM

I made a caddy for my saw, not attached to the fence, and it is super handy. Matter of fact, when I get a moment I’m going to make a new, better one, now that I know how I use it.

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#5 posted 10-25-2017 12:20 PM

While I agree with pretty much everything robscastle outlines, a person has certain shop habits. If one of those habits results in pencils, engineering squares, push blocks, and who knows what else sitting on the table saw (hopefully on the non blade side of the fence) this looks like a much better organized and safe solution…if you can make yourself use it. Good project! My “best” idea along this line was to attach rare earth magnets to all my table saw stuff and stick them to the side of the case. Your solution is much more organized!


Hellow Happy,

You may not be real happy reading this but,
I saw the same Woodsmith post about having a tools attached to the saw fence, I personally would not do it for a few reasons:
1. It adds clutter to the work area and the gear can be located elsewhere, for example a magnetic attached box on the cabinet side.
2. There ia a risk that all the extra load will make the adjustment of the fence inaccurate as its dragging a heap of monkeys with it.
3. the addition of the clutter (Tools) it adds the risk of an accident happening by means of a Foriegn Object if something was to dislodge. Check out your steel rule for one.
4. It also provides the opportunity to just grab something whilst the blade is exposed but not necessarly working and, by sheer accident it might add drop it onto the blade damaging it or if its rotating returning the item quicker than you can duck, even a plastic or soft item hurts at high velocity, just ask any paintballer!!

As for the fence mod by Bob Van Dyke, I have something similar but without clamps, it attached into the fence edge grooves.
Maybe I will post a picture of the fence, but my saw is 14 years old and no longer made so few LJs would have something that vintage.

Purely my opinion and not intended to belittle your work practices in any way, just another avenue of thought to consider.

So after say that just where would the gear go?

Some suggestions for relocation: Tape measures pencils and other associated tools could be located on the workbench nearby, or on your ear, (I have big ears) or as mentioned earlier in a caddy on the side of the saw just the spot for mag switch feather boards and the likes.

There is however one iten I have on the saw top and that s a 6” steel rule, which lies in the gully of the rip fence slide at the front of the saw.

Your big steel rule if you must have it so close fit some magnets on top of your fence and firmly attach it there please.

This all coming from somebody with no formal skills no workshop and no scientific evidence to support their claims but I thought it worth mentioning anyway.

Good job on your fence BVD fence

- robscastle


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