Homemade Shaper or Table Saw Fence - Biesemeyer Style

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Project by thewoodworker01 posted 01-07-2016 11:22 PM 6802 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I figured I’d post about the fence I built. I built this to go on to my Delta Rockwell Shaper that I will be restoring. The fence is a Biesemeyer style and has a 2” tube on the back of the shaper that supports the wooden cam lock. Pull the lever up and it locks the fence, push it down and it unlocks. When you pull it up all the way, it ‘snaps’ into place and stays in position – even through the vibrations of the shaper. The cam has enough locking pressure to move the entire shaper (which weights around 300 or 400 pounds) with only pushing on the fence. I did not follow any plans, other than the styling of the Biesemeyer on my Jet table saw. Overall it is very straight and is almost exactly parallel to the miter slot – the difference is much smaller than a tick mark on a ruler.

I have a video on YouTube, please check it out.
Also please check out my other videos on Homemade Drum Sanders and other neat things.

Thank you, Christian

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 07:19 AM

Looks good, well done.

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 05:54 PM

Nice fence, Christian

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 10:19 PM

Nice fence and nice work.
But – unless you are going to use the shaper with only router bits – please do not use it on a shaper!

A proper shaper fence can be seen here. Notice that it is enclosed all around and has two holddowns/featherboards. Furthermore the “wings” on the fence can move in order to give maximum protection

And this video shows how to safely set up a shaper:

A spindle shaper is an efficient and powerfull machine for many applications. Hope that you find a safe way to use that nice machine of yours!

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 11:29 PM

Great looking fence!

I’d also like to echo the previous poster. A shaper is a really powerful machine, without a proper way to hold material to the table and fence your asking for it imho.

I hope the machine treats you well.


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