|Project by EWJSMITH||posted 09-21-2014 10:22 PM||8031 views||19 times favorited||7 comments|
After reading the article and watching the video from Fine Woodworking #237 on the versatility of the table saw L-fence I was inspired to build one. Although the one in the magazine is easy to build and easy to use, I decided to “make it my own” so to speak but putting one together to eliminate the need of using clamps and shims to raise/lower the fence. It might be overkill but hey I’m a nerd and a problem solver and love to knock together jigs. Just another excuse to spend time in the shop between projects.
Anyways, here is my take on it. I used a wooden aux fence that fits down over my table saw fence to attach the jig too. The jig consists of two main parts: the base or backer is a piece of plywood screwed to the aux fence and has two holes through it to hold adjusting knob bolts. The L-fence part is made from two pieces of ply screwed together at a 90 deg angle forming the L shape (from end on) I routed two slots for the bolts to pass through so I can loosen the knobs to adjust the height of the fence and then tighten to lock in place. This part is sandwiched between two small strips attached to the base component to keep the fence from flopping down on one side when I loosen the knob on that end. I edged the lower part of the plywood that the stock is pushed against with mdf to give the face a smooth surface for stock to glide over instead of the rough plywood edge. An opening is cut in the
fence to allow for access to remove scrap pieces as they are cut away (after the blade stops of course! :-) )
For anyone who hasn’t seen a table saw L-fence in action, I highly recommend checking it out. From dados to rabbets to pattern cutting…. the uses are endless. Can’t wait to start putting mine to good use.
Comments and questions are welcome and thanks for looking.