Most people that know me also know that I am a scavenger and a packrat. Having a 26’x32’ 2-level barn for a workshop only compounds the problem. The treasures pile up waiting their turn to be used and many things eventually get “lost” and forgotten.
In an effort to reclaim some space on the upper level of my shop, I started cleaning out some of the house construction materials. I want to focus on my woodworking as I’m getting older and framing up roofs and finish carpentry is not that much fun anymore. So out goes the glass deck rails that I got on Craigslist, the exterior doors I bartered firewood for, tons of closet shelving, a french door… when did I get that?!? I am not sure when I got some of this stuff, but I’m entitled to forget some of these things after fifteen years of purchases from yard sales, thrift stores, and craigslist.
With some of the contruction stuff out of the way, and access to the eves, some gems started appearing. The first was an Incra TS-LS table saw fence system. I must have gotten this ten years ago, but having long pieces, the only place to store it was in the most inaccessible place in the shop. Actually, it wasn’t inaccessible when I put it there, it was only inaccessible after I put all the rest of the stuff “temporarily” in front of it.
Now I know there are those of you that would like to chastise me for letting such an expensive fence go unused for so long. Okay, I deserve that. But the good news is that this weekend it finally got mounted on my Jet Cabinet Saw.
For those of you that have seen the demo at a woodworking show of Incra’s router fence, their tablesaw fence is similar. The difference is that it mounts on two rails for added stability. There is a YouTube video that has a review of it. All told, it took about 90 minutes to put on. The instructions were comprehensive and left nothing to chance. Truing up the fence required no rulers or squares, just a tape measure and an allen wrench.
After the fence was on and adjusted, I tested it out. Wow! I had no idea how good this thing is. The standard demo at the shows is to cut a 10”, 6” and 4” wide board, then stack the 6” and 4” along side the 10” and see if they are the same width. Well I did that on my saw and it actually was so close that I could not feel the difference running my finger over them. And while I don’t know why I’d do this for project, I was able to repeatably cut 1/32” slices off a board shifting the fence each time. All the pieces were consistent. Finally, setting random widths for project pieces is so fast that I may actually finish something now. (ha, ha).
Anyway, I can highly recommend the Incra TS-LS Tablesaw fence system. Perhaps I should have put it on my saw 10 years ago? Oh well, it’s there now and being used.
I’m still digging through the stuff on the upper level to see what else I find…
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