I picked up a set of transfer punches on sale at a discount tool place last year. And though I don’t use them very often, they sure come in handy for jobs like this.
Here I’m transfering the hole positions from the old fence facing to the new stock.
The threaded holes in the steel fence body are all in a line, so I set up a fence on my DP table. First job is to counter sink with a 1/2” forstener bit with the depth stop set for a 3/16” deep hole, using the fence to keep the distance from the edge constant, and the transfer punch divots to get the spacing correct. Then through drilling, referencing the divot from the forstener bit finished up the job.
The holes came out spot on, so mounting the facing with the original hardware was a breeze.
And here it is all finished up….
Of course, this entire technique replicated the positioning of the old facing, which was perfect…. right?
Wrong!! Neither side is parallell to the metal fence body, and they are not extending beyond the bottom by the same amount… :^(
Unless anyone has a better idea, plan ‘B’ is going to be to use a guide bearing bit and router to correct this lopsided situation….. but not today.
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