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Blog entry by IantheTinker posted 02-06-2018 01:00 AM 775 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new T3, freshly installed today after drilling a couple holes in my cast iron top. I did use some existing holes, and therefore the fence center does not line up with my saw blade, which in turn renders the tape useless. I had planned on shifting the tape, but soon after installation I realized it wasn’t a taped on rule, but some sort of paint or powder coating. I like the extra rip capacity I have with the current installation (31 3/4”), and the left side does not block as much of the walkway. I will therefore likely purchase a stick-on tape and apply that.

The box arrived pretty roughed up, but aside from a few dings on one side of the fence everything was alright. I simply swapped the side with each other in order to fix the issue. I am pleased overall with the build quality, thus far, at least. We will see how it holds up in the long run. Now I just need to fabricate a table for that section and I should be sitting pretty.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard



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Rich

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 01:23 AM

Looks nice. You should be able to get some peel and stick measuring tape so you’ll have a usable rule. I couldn’t live without mine. I look at videos of guys using rulers and tape measures to set their fence and can’t imagine how they deal with it.

They even make left-to-right and right to left tapes, so you can work both sides of the blade if you wanted.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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IantheTinker

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 02:16 AM



Looks nice. You should be able to get some peel and stick measuring tape so you ll have a usable rule. I couldn t live without mine. I look at videos of guys using rulers and tape measures to set their fence and can t imagine how they deal with it.

They even make left-to-right and right to left tapes, so you can work both sides of the blade if you wanted.

- Rich

I have been using a tape measure for the last couple of months, I will be glad to have a reliable rule on my fence rail again. It makes repeatable cuts much easier than trying to line a fence up with a tape measure. I never use the left side of the blade and am unsure as to why some do, for I have never seen a need for it.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 02:43 AM

Nice. I like both wings to the right so it extends capacity a bit more.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Rich

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 04:58 AM


I never use the left side of the blade and am unsure as to why some do, for I have never seen a need for it.

- IantheTinker

Me either. :)

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Jacksdad

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 05:15 AM

Looks great, I’d like to upgrade my fence or just get a new table saw

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#6 posted 02-06-2018 05:41 AM



Nice. I like both wings to the right so it extends capacity a bit more.

- TheFridge

I didn’t see you mention not using the left side. Pretty much the reason why I did this ^ when I had a contractor s saw.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Rich

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#7 posted 02-06-2018 05:49 AM

Nice. I like both wings to the right so it extends capacity a bit more.

- TheFridge

I didn’t see you mention not using the left side. Pretty much the reason why I did this ^ when I had a contractor s saw.

- TheFridge

Fridge has a good point. You can move that left wing to the right side, and get either an auxiliary wing for the left, or add a router table extension, which is what I did. BenchDog makes a nice one and having the router mounted to the saw makes a really rock solid unit.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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dday

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#8 posted 02-06-2018 01:39 PM

That looks like the fence that came on my Delta 36-725. You’ll love it once you get that tape dialed in.
I hung a router on the right side of mine after filling the void with melamine and plywood top.

The fence is easy to make drop over jigs for tenoning, spline and whatnot.

Enjoy
David

ps – Very cute assistant too

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 02-06-2018 05:45 PM

I use the right side 99.9% of the time but my fence is not ambidextrous, well it is in a way but I have to to reconfigure. It’s a Unifence.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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IantheTinker

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#10 posted 02-07-2018 01:15 AM



That looks like the fence that came on my Delta 36-725. You ll love it once you get that tape dialed in.
I hung a router on the right side of mine after filling the void with melamine and plywood top.

The fence is easy to make drop over jigs for tenoning, spline and whatnot.

Enjoy
David

ps – Very cute assistant too

- dday

Yep, he gets all the attention these days, lol.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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IantheTinker

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#11 posted 02-07-2018 01:17 AM


Nice. I like both wings to the right so it extends capacity a bit more.

- TheFridge

I didn’t see you mention not using the left side. Pretty much the reason why I did this ^ when I had a contractor s saw.

- TheFridge

Fridge has a good point. You can move that left wing to the right side, and get either an auxiliary wing for the left, or add a router table extension, which is what I did. BenchDog makes a nice one and having the router mounted to the saw makes a really rock solid unit.

- Rich

I hadn’t thought of that, I will consider it. Would be nice to have those two tools condensed together.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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NormG

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#12 posted 02-08-2018 12:48 AM

Wonderful purchase glad to hear. I purchased on about 3 years ago, I put a table in he vacant space and plan on putting a router in it. Simple box, dado for it to fit between the rails and a melamine top.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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