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Posted on I am considering doing away with my INCRA TS fence, has anyone

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 02:24 AM

What other table saw fence can you use to make accurate
router jigs for box joints or dovetails and get the jig perfect
on the first try?

It’s just a matter of the math – no other type of fence system
can let you do that sort of cut.

That said, such precision is largely not needed in furniture and
cabinet making and a number of other factors like wood tension,
stock feeding, blade flutter and so on effect the real quality,
accuracy and straightness of a cut. All a fence does is provide
a stop – the rest is up to you and/or your power feeder.

I used to do a lot of coopering where I needed to make barrel
forms and repeat them. Each stave being 1/32 off from setup
to setup could affect the consistency of finsished size from
one assembly to the next by 1/4” or more. The Incra was useful
to me in making those forms accurately.

For cabinetmaking and general dimensioning in furniture I have
found it less useful as exact repeatability is not as crucial in
those areas of woodworking, generally.

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