Pipe Clamp Fence

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Project by GeBeWubya posted 01-22-2013 03:03 AM 7682 views 7 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a silly way to use a 1×6, a 2×4, and a 2.5 foot, half inch pipe clamp to make a very solid table saw, band saw, or drill press fence (provided your table is not round).

Cut 2×4 sections 1/4” shorter than the miter slot length of the table. Then rout a 1/4” deep 1/2” wide dado down the length of the 2×4s. That makes a 1/2” channel between the 2 2×4 “core” pieces. Next carve out a recess in the ends of the 2×4s the size and shape of the 1/2” pipe clamp ends. Cut straight, flat 1×6 “face” boards 1” longer than the core boards, and glue up the 4 pieces so the core and the bottom of the face boards will sit flat on the table. Assemble the pipe clamp through the channel in the core, with the “legs” of the clamp up and the clamping jaws down. Be sure the jaws extend about a quarter inch below the table face.

I used SPF 2×4s and poplar 1×6s.

The jaws of the pipe clamp will grab the table edge and provide a very solid fence.

The first 2 pictures show the ends of the fence, the third shows the bottom (the face that rests on the table). The SketchUp rendering shows one end of one half of the wood pieces. The last picture demonstrates the holding power. I clamped the fence to the bandsaw table with the table at 45 degrees and ripped a 2×2 diagonally.

I made the fence for my table saw, but discovered today that a 4” block between the back edge of the bandsaw table and the fixed end of the pipe clamp made the fence fit the bandsaw table as well.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 03:17 AM

Cool design good job.

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 10:29 PM

Not silly by no means. Very cleaver.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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