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Project by David posted 02-24-2014 09:07 PM 1619 views 7 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to mount different jigs to the fence instead of making a sled to ride the table top groove for each jig. Searching the net didn’t reveal much except a lot of verbal bashing of preference for different manufacturers of fences. I tend to be of the school of “work with what you have” and quit complaining. I did find one fella that has a pretty nice “attach everything under the sun” fence mod. It is a bit more than I was looking for but you should have look as it’s a pretty nice setup. It’s here ~ http://christophermerrill.net/ww/shop/bigafence.html

The strip of wood had to be shaped to fit the curve of the aluminum extrusion. I fastened it with 3 screws and made sure the heads were not “proud” of the surface. Here’s my spline miter jig now riding the fence.

The stop blocks were an Idea from Shop Notes and I added the screw so I could make tiny adjustments. We all loosen the fence and thump it with the heel of our hand and hope for the best. I can now loosen the fence, make a slight turn of the screw (in or out) and put the fence back against it for a slight movement. Like those depth stops on a plunge router. It also lets me move the fence and return it when I have to interrupt ripping a bunch of stock I want all the same. The screw is in a threaded insert.

I also mounted a box under the extension table for the fence.I got tired of busting my knuckles on the fence whenever I turned the hand wheel for the blade tilt. The two brackets that come as standard equipment mounted on the saw are OK if you don’t have an extension table and the saw isn’t on a dolly to move around. Its here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118380240473440547235/albums/5984076913926997681?sort=1

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Rick M.

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 04:16 AM

As a fellow Unifence owner I understand whacking your knuckles and I like your solution. Also like that stop block doohickey.

Long ago I gave up on making jigs that straddle the fence and have just accepted the Unifence for what it is, good and bad, but really I’ve been very happy with it.

Here is another project for Unifence owners although your front rail looks different than mine, it should still work.
Click for details

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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rdjack21

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 11:49 PM

Really like the stop block idea. I’ve been thinking about making a micro adjustment block mounted like you have your stop block but on the other side. I’ve also made a small vise like Rick shows above as well.

Don’t know if you have seen this but check it out http://www.ttrackusa.com/unifence.htm I purchased a long and short one and really love it.

Richard Jackson

-- --- Richard Jackson

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