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Table saw fence storage (for when not in use)

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Project by JimMartini posted 11-05-2018 01:30 PM 1119 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old Delta contractor saw had a nice “holster” of sorts for the fence when not in use, and it was super convenient. I use a crosscut sled a lot so I’m constantly juggling my large-ish sled and fence between cuts, however my new cabinet saw didn’t have a place to put the fence when not in use.

I simply measured the flat part of the side of the saw to establish how long i could make the holster, and I added a quarter inch clearance to the width of the fence to establish the width. I wanted it to be a good fit, but not so tight that I had to be super accurate when sliding it home.

The holster is mounted to the saw via four 1/4-20 bolts with washer, lock washer, and nut on the inside. All fasteners are countersunk or counterbored, and all exposed edges got a 1/8” roundover. The flat supporting surface was cut from some scrap laminate I’ve been hoarding.

If anyone has any questions just let me know.

Jim





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tnwood

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#1 posted 11-05-2018 04:58 PM

I take it that you don’t use the blade guard and associated stuff much since you use the sled? Did you mount the holders for those somewhere else on the saw or just leave them off?

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 03:12 AM

I’m not saying this is recommended or best practice, but the blade guard is in a drawer with the dado set / brake cartridge, spare inserts and hex keys for the saw. I use the riving knife nearly all the time though, even with the sled in place. The only time that comes off is for dados or plunge cuts.

I’ll experiment with the blade guard once I get around to building a dust collection manifold for the saw, such that I can run the blade guard and main dust collection ports from the same 4” line to the DC. FWIW I could never get the guard on my old Delta aligned with the blade so I just got in the habit of leaving it off. I also appreciate the increased visibility with it off.

Jim


I take it that you don t use the blade guard and associated stuff much since you use the sled? Did you mount the holders for those somewhere else on the saw or just leave them off?

- tnwood


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