Tablesaw fence

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Blog entry by tdv posted 07-26-2010 12:12 PM 3844 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an old contractor type saw which I think is great, it’s a bit like the old Delta it has round bar type rails front & rear it crosscuts great but the fence never settles accurately. I has a link rod running through the fence to a a locking bar that tightens up on the back rail & I ‘ve sprayed it all with silicone to try & reduce friction still no luck. When I set it exactly from my mitre slides the next move ment may be ok or as much as a 1/32” out. I’ve tried adjusting the tension to the rear clamp but it’s still varies. If I have an accurate cut I have to check measure every cut. I live in the UK & fence systems like you have in the States like the Biesmeyer etc. aren’t available we have Incra systems but they are terrifically expensive here & shipping from the US would make it out of my reach. Has anyone got a good solution for me? Thanks for reading

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 01:18 PM

Check out this homemade fence by Hutch, on LJs.

You may be able to get the materials for it in the UK.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 03:42 PM

I used to have an old Craftsman saw with a fence like that. I feel your pain. The design is bad, they try to pinch the pinch the back of the table, rather than just grab onto a front rail. It seems like most standard fences these days use the T-square Biesemeyer front rail type design.

I hate spending other peoples money, but you can get a Biesmeyer upgrade for around $200 in the States.

Maybe shop around a little, and see if there is something like that. I replaced the one on that old Craftsman with a Biesmeyer, and it became a whole new saw. A good fence makes a world of difference (I think you know that).

Good luck,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 04:32 PM

Here is my fence that I built from glued up birch plywood. The rails are 1 1/2” angle iron that is 1/4” thick…...may give you some ideas. You could probaably make it more accurate by using materials that are more stable, but I have used it for about 20 years and have not had to adjust it since it was built.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 07:16 PM

I just installed a Dell T2 fence on my old craftsman contractor saw. It is amazing!

It cost $150 online. Got the instruction link someone gave me in my blog.

Not sure if that’s what you have in mind, but it sure made a funky saw into a real tool.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 07-28-2010 02:07 PM

Thanks Dick that saw Hutch has is the same as mine apart from the name that looks like a great solution only I’m not sure those profiles wil be available in the UK. I’ll check out the other suggestons too & thanks to everyone for your help I feel quite hopeful now.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 02:14 PM

I had this fence before I upgraded to a T-2, and it suffered the same problem.

My work-around was to get the fence aligned for the cut I desired and then use an Irwin Quick Clamp (or equivalent) to lock down the tail of the fence.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 09:28 AM

Trevor, I bought a fence from Shop Fox for my old saw. It is accurate, but heavy.

-- Big Al in IN

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