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Project by kiefer posted 10-05-2015 11:32 PM 2636 views 11 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the L Fence and I have seen several different versions but all used clamps to fasten it to the fence .This l fence assembly can slide along the fence and also up and down as needed to preform different cutting operations .The L fence is attached by two bolts slid into the T track of the saw fence to the saw fence and the height adjustment is made by sliding the L fence up or down by loosening the two star knobs and the L fence can also slide fore or back using the same procedure .
The fence can be installed or removed in a few seconds and can be used in a left or right position on the saw fence .
I always remember my UNI FENCE on my old saw years ago and like the way it could be used in different arrangements like with the cheek laying flat and also as a stop block by pulling the cheek back .
Now that I have a fairly new contractor saw with the fence shown in the pictures I thought it would be nice to build this accessory fence with features like that . A very simple fence to build as you can see and having used it for a couple of days and making some sample cuts I am quite happy with it .
The fence is all made from Baltic Birch plywood and a piece of 3/8 HDF for the cheek and some jig knobs and bolts .
If you look closely at the pictures you can see how it functions and attaches to the saw fence .
I include a few pictures to show how versatile it is .


Here I have the L fence slid back to act as a stop block and the material is clear of the fence before contacting the saw blade and this also allows me to use the exiting fence scale for measurement along wit my sled .


Here I am trimming a panel that is covered on both sides with plastic laminate and the core is slightly oversize the L fence cheek slides in between the layers of laminate , I like this method as it eliminates the router and is way faster .


Here I am cutting a straight angled line on a scrap piece of MDF .I first cut off most of the waste on the band saw
and then attach a straight board followed by setting the fence to be in contact with the straight board and the blade just below the fence cheek but high enough to cut through the MDF .
Watch the attached video link for the set up .
http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/video/versatile-tablesaw-l-fence.aspx
There are many more cuts that I can be make with this fence attachment like cutting rebates and beveling edges ETC.



A couple of pictures of the components .
One modification that I will make is to make the splitter functional
Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos





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#1 posted 10-05-2015 11:59 PM

Nice job, as usual!

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 12:13 AM

Klaus,

An idle mind is the devils playground! LOL! Nice jig! If you were Irish you could dance one too?

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 12:34 AM

That’s a handy fence, Klaus. Favorited it. I’ll build one soon.

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#4 posted 10-06-2015 12:44 AM

Very nice. I’d never heard of an L fence. Thanks for showing me something new.

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 01:12 AM

Very nice, Klaus. I too, added to favorites.

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#6 posted 10-06-2015 01:17 AM

This looks to be very practical for those special projects. The fences on these Ridgid saws slide so easy, that you can add auxiliary fences to them with no problem. Is that the 3650? That’s the model I have. I have to admit also I never heard of these L fences but for all reasons we build for our needs.
I did build (something) similar for the other side as I use the fence for my router needs on the extension wing.
I will have to look into this further. Thanks Klaus.

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kiefer

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#7 posted 10-06-2015 01:30 AM

Thanks guys !
These fences on the Ridgit saws and many others have a bad rap for some reason and I don’t understand why .
They are a great fence and have a lock down at the rear which a t square fence is lacking and also has mounting t tracks built in which makes it easy to fasten accessories .I guess the whole thing is marketing again .
As I said in the post I liked the Unifence and with this accessory L fence I think I got what I was missing about it .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#8 posted 10-06-2015 04:01 AM

Very nice Klaus. I would make one myself but I still have a Unifence and I will be buried with it. :-)
You have found a way to get the advantages of one into a “normal” fence. Good thinking.

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#9 posted 10-06-2015 05:22 AM

Nice bit of engineering Klaus. Like Paul above, I still own a Unifence and never want to give it up.

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#10 posted 10-06-2015 05:28 AM

You will have a lot of profit from it. Well done,
(Here in eurapa a sliding fence is even mandatory.)

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#11 posted 10-06-2015 08:14 AM

Well done should serve you well.

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#12 posted 10-06-2015 11:31 AM

Very nice.

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#13 posted 10-06-2015 02:14 PM

Klaus, thanks for posting as this is a great idea and quite versatile. I’ll have to build one for sure.

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#14 posted 10-06-2015 02:23 PM

A well thought and handy versatile fence. To be copied for sure.

By the way, can your fence be raised and lowered on the table saw rip fence ? If so, I can’t figure it out on the pictures. Thanks.

Best,

Serge

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#15 posted 10-06-2015 02:32 PM

Serge
The two slotted blocks on the piece of ply wood on top of the saw fence allow me to raise the L fence by loosening the two star knobs and sliding it upward it has a total movement range of 1 3/4” from the top of the table .
I hope I explained it well enough if not let me know .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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