Table Saw Upgrade #8: The First Fence

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Blog entry by MikeGCNY posted 03-29-2011 04:30 AM 5273 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Alignment and New Blade Part 8 of Table Saw Upgrade series Part 9: Mini Outfeed and Extension Table »

This is the first of my 2 Biesemeyer fences that I am restoring. For this one, I purchases some UHMW polyethylene from McMaster-Carr. I used a 1/2 inch forstner bit to drill out the countersinks and then screwed the material to the fence using the original screws. I then spent close to 3 hours shimming the back of the fence so it is flat to about 0.004. I am not sure what the factory tolerances are on a Biesmeyer.

The fence is now very slick and is great to use. With this and the 5 hp motor on the saw, there is almost no resistance when cutting. A huge upgrade from my last saw.

On the right side of the fence I just used some 1/2 inch ply. I might laminate it, although I don’t think that I will ever use that side of the fence.

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:44 PM

What a beauty! Serious fence envy, here :). I’m still using the junky stock one that came with my Jet. It never stays aligned for long. One day, I’d like to have something like you have there. Good job on the restoration – your patience will pay you many dividends.

-- Robb

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