Delta T2 Fence #2: A new start, and help with drilling holes in a table saw

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Blog entry by Jamie posted 12-19-2007 02:53 AM 4923 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Bought a new rip fence Part 2 of Delta T2 Fence series Part 3: The Third Day - Front Rail is Mounted! »

Well, I did some measuring on the table saw and the Delta T2 fence, and I may be able to drill 4 new holes in the table saw (2 on the front, and 2 on the back) to get the saw to fit. I was worried that I would have to drill the holes too close to the original ones, but after I checked the zero position of the fence, it should work. It looks like the hole spacing on the Delta T2 is 16” and the Craftsman table saw is 16.5”.

Has anyone had any experience drilling holes to mount their fence, and if so, what is the best way to do this so that the holes are level and straight. I was going to use my ShopSmith to do this, but the max distance from the chuck to the table is too short to fit the saw table between.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 12-19-2007 04:05 AM

If it were me, I would drill the holes in the fence rails to match the table, instead of drilling the table to match the rails. Either way, make the holes a bit oversized to allow for some adjustment. That way, even if the holes don’t come out level and straight, you can get the rails level.

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#2 posted 12-19-2007 04:09 AM

When I drilled my saw I had an up and down movement on the mounting bracket. SO it didn’t matter. Under the table saw you will have braces etc. You need to allow your self some room for bolt heads, washers etc.

Use a center punch to get your alignment right and then use high speed drill bits do drill the saw. or the fence which ever.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-19-2007 04:27 AM

Thanks for the info guys. I love this site.. The saw table is 20” across, so to get the fence to work correctly, I would have to drill one hole 1” from the left, then another 3” from the right side. On the right side of the saw table, there is a support brace that runs from front to back exactly 3” from the right side. So I won’t be able to drill the holes in the table saw, but like Peter said above, it may be easier to drill the holes in the fence braces. I can use my ShopSmith then.

Thanks for the info guys!

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 12-19-2007 06:49 AM

I second Peter’s motion. I would use the center punch like Karson said. When you do the drilling I would use a cutting lubricant, even WD40 will work. While you are drilling, spray a little lube on the contact point.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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