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Posted on Suggestions for Biesemeyer Fence/clone for a Bosh400 T/S?

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 11:22 PM

Thanks for responding. As usual LJ forums has given me more things to think about in coming up with a workable solution.

I’m thinking it would be nice to have a caliper style adjustment for really precise adjustments to fine tune cuts. And a better back rail system to keep things square. I’ve never felt the stock fence while good for general cuts was precisely adjustable & repeatably square enough when moved to cut thin and small stock consistently.

The locking lever mechanism on the stock fence vs. the aftermarket fences I’ve seen on the web leaves a lot to be desired. But I agree it is nice to pop off the stock fence & store it on the side of the saw body when folding up the saw for storage.

That’s the style of fence I’m shooting for. I’ll have to look into this more as a fourth option. But why reinvent the wheel if some other company has done all of the “heavy lifting” in the engineering department. (Grin) I can say this as I once ran a engineering R&D lab where I often had to custom build test jigs to perform a unique task/test. Seems like 95% of my labor/time/material went into designing/adapting something that netted at the end of the day 5% usage to get the answers needed by the engineers.

Now I’d rather spend my time in the shop turning rather then reverse engineering/building something to fit unless the isn’t another viable option already in existence. Too much of my time is spent adapting tooling to making something fit rather than creating turned wood projects. But I’ll keep this .PDF in my back pocket as an option.

You know I never thought about the added weight. The Bosch stand while a marvel of engineering & physics in motion isn’t designed to swing all that additional weight. Adding that much weight to the top could very well upset the easy of use & overall stability when folded allowing it to tip forward unless the fence was removed.

I may give some thought to aux fences that can slip over the stock fence to facilitate additional fixtures. But it still doesn’t help with the repeatability / square / fine adjustments issues of the stock fence.

Good suggestion on things to consider everyone. Keep ‘em coming. With you help I’m sure there is a workable solution out there.


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