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Blog entry by Hutch posted 12-10-2007 07:21 AM 434492 reads 232 times favorited 285 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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#1 posted 12-10-2007 08:05 AM

Nice fence system…In the end was it still cheaper than an after market fence? and secondly does it have some kind of scale?

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-10-2007 01:41 PM

I’ve never heard of this system. It certainly looks massive. Interesting. Is there a way to set up a fence rule?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-10-2007 01:59 PM

You know what?

I think that is at least as good as what you can buy on the market.

Really nice and sort of thinking outside the box.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 12-10-2007 03:58 PM

Yes, it was quite a bit less expensive and I’ll add a fence rule to the top of the rail. I’m also going to make an attachment to the linear bearing that will allow for micro-adjustment of the fence.

Tom, this company just makes aluminum extrusions which are for building things. They don’t really have anything that was designed as a fence system. The top fence is 3X3 and stout, but I don’t think it’s much wider or taller than say a Biesemeyer. I am adding a solid wood face to it. Pretty easy to attach different faces to the fence, sacrificial for dado, etc.

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 04:24 PM

Great looking fence. I believe that someone is selling the Wixley digital sliding scale on sale with the Wixley angle tools as being free.

I thought it was in the $100.00 range with the 39.00 tool free.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 12-10-2007 04:45 PM

You can get some cheap surplus alum extrusions on ebay. The stuff is called 80/20. I was looking at it for building a CNC machine someday.

Or else you can order the non surplus from their website or catalog.

Really cool stuff!

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#7 posted 12-11-2007 05:51 AM

The Wixey fence is at Woodcraft. $50.00 off and a free 40.00 gift.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 12-11-2007 07:45 AM

Thanks Karson, I found it and ordered one this afternoon. I am really loving not having a piece of junk fence and hopefully when set up I’ll be making some very accurate cuts. Thanks again!

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#9 posted 12-17-2007 05:58 AM

What was the total cost of the fence that you made Hutch? I have been looking at getting either a beisemeyer or clone (Delta T2) for an old Craftsman table saw that I restored. I really like your idea. Does it have any play from front to back?

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#10 posted 12-17-2007 08:14 PM

I just bought a new saw and since it didn’t come with a fence I was searching on line when I came across your project. I love it, you seem to think like I do. I had come up with a design similar to yours a few years ago, but never built it because I didn’t have a decent saw. I had bought a couple of 4 foot pieces of a similar extrusions at a surplus place and ended up using them to build a bridge and trolley arrangement on which I mounted a Dremel tool.

In any event I had thought of using rack and pinions to provide micro adjustment of the fence. My intent was to run a shaft from the from to the back through the center hole (which mine had) of the fence extrusion. There’s a company by the name of PIC Designs at ( the makes a whole galaxy of neat parts. If you haven’t, you may want to check them out.


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#11 posted 12-18-2007 02:27 AM

Thanks. So far I love the fence. I’ve attached an mdf face to it with t-nuts and counter sunk bolts. The bearings which ride in 3 of the grooves are made of UHMW plastic and once adjusted with the allen screws and locked into place with the allen set screws, it has smooth travel from end to end. The brake locks the fence solid, no play at all. Right now I couldn’t be happier with the design and the quality of the bearings and brake that I ordered. It has so many options with multiple t-slots, not just on the fence but on the rails as well.
Thanks to Karson, I ordered the Wixey fence scale and it came in today, so I get to install it tonight!
Let me know if you have any other questions.

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#12 posted 12-18-2007 03:52 PM

This is good stuff, Hutch. Thanks to you and Zepe for the links for sources. I’ve been wondering where I was going to find such places. Glad to hear of someone so happy with one of their creations for the shop. Strike one for creativity and frugality.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#13 posted 12-18-2007 06:22 PM

Thanks Jeff. Can you tell I’m happy with the fence? I was worried that I would have a Frankenstein Fence when I was done with it. So far no torches chasing me though.

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Jon Parker

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#14 posted 12-20-2007 03:50 AM

Hutch – Awesome job! Do you happen to have an exact parts list for Futura Industries, I would like to order and build the same thing!

-- Jon | Rigby, Idaho

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#15 posted 12-28-2007 06:00 AM

Hi hutch,

Great project idea! I contacted Futura to get a quote and I’m still contemplating if I’ll purchase a commercial fence like the Accusquare or build this one.

Thanks again for the idea,


-- If you're walking on eggs, don't hop!

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