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Sqeezing more shop into small space continues #7. Rebuilding and squaring the fence.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-14-2009 06:16 AM 735 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay so it arrived after I got home late from work, but the rip fence head piece and new scale came in today… And of course I couldn’t wait to put my rip fence back together. I completed disassembly of the original fence, to mostly recover OEM hardware. I am a little disappointed that what I saw in the diagram is not exactly what I got. I was hoping to get a new handle out of the deal too. My original handle is a little, uh, warped due to a high heat incident a few years ago… But oh well. Anyway I digress…

Assembly, and adjustment of the saw according to MFG specs went very easily, front to rear the fence shows about .001, top to bottom no daylight with the engineers square. Looks good…

The moment of truth came when I placed the fence back on the rails, locked the tang on the rear, verified square, tested, and retested the hold down mechanism, and then gave it a gentle slide across the rails…

Smooth as butter. I mean ODDLY smooth for such a low $$ saw… I have toyed with the Biese fences on the demo saws at Sears that don’t slide anywhere near as nice as this…

To say the least, I think I am going to be happy with this fence…

Some more cleanup, and organizing and now it’s time for bed…

Overall I wish I hadn’t broken the original fence, but it could have been much worse. M and D Mower did a good job getting the right parts to me quickly. Not sure I could as for any thing more…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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