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Delta T2 Fence #1: Bought a new rip fence

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Blog entry by Jamie posted 12-18-2007 02:23 AM 12244 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I gave in and bought the Delta T2 fence for my restored 1952 Craftsman 10” tilt arbor table saw. I still have the original fence, but the rail was aluminum and not built very well. I am sure that it worked fine in the day, but this one was a sight for sore eyes. I tried to restore the original fence also, but noticed there was a crack in the rail near one of the mounting bolt holes.

Hopefully it will fit the mounting holes of the table saw. From what I can tell, the Delta T2 (biesemeyer clone) should be a good fence. Feels extremely solid and I like the aluminum fence faces.

I was going to try and build something similar to what Hutch had built with extruded aluminum. I really like his design. I think that I’ll still go this route for my other 2 table saws. I may even make one similar for my bandsaw. Here is a link to the fence that Hutch made.

I’ll try to get some pictures tonight.

-- Jamie, Kentucky



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rpmurphy509

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 02:24 AM

Congrats on the new fence. I hope you get manyyears of enjoyment, and accurate cuts from it!

Have any ‘break in the new fence’ projects in store for us?

-- Still learning everything

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Jamie

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#2 posted 12-18-2007 02:28 AM

My wife has been wanting me to build her a sofa table style table for our ‘antique area’ in our living room. I may just have to start that project..

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#3 posted 12-18-2007 02:31 AM

Congratulations on the fence

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 12-18-2007 03:36 AM

Well, It looks like I’ll be taking the fence back. I guess when you’re anxious to get something that will work, you overlook a few things. The holes to mount the fence rails do not match up to the holes on the fence. I would have to either drill new holes in the saw table, or the rails, which I would rather not do and they would be too close to the original holes. I had researched some on this prior to getting the fence, and it stated that it did fit many other contractor and cabinet saws.

I thought that instead of sending it back, I would try it on my Craftsman contractor saw, but the holes did not line up on it either.

I guess I’ll step back and get the Shop Fox Classic fence, Biesemeyer (I hate to pay that much), or go with Hutch’s idea with his extruded aluminum design.

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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rpmurphy509

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#5 posted 12-18-2007 04:26 AM

Sorry to hear that fence isn’t working out as hoped.
Think most, if not all of us have been in similar circumstances
before, so can sympathize with you.

I have the Shop Fox Classic on my Grizzly, and I love it. Very simple, accurate and sturdy.

-- Still learning everything

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