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02-12-2010 05:50 PM

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OK Folks, what do you think? Sacrificial Tablesaw fences… Yes, No, Maybe?

Norm did on on his shop jig show once (I think), and I remember at the time I thought it was a good idea. Now I have an old Beissemeyer fence that has too many years on it and I am trying to figure out what to do with it, and my first thought was a sacrificial fence.

So, if yes, what? One like Norm did, a board screwed into the fence itself, what?

Thanks for the feedback!

Milo

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 05:58 PM

Got any links to photos or videos? I’m not sure exactly what application we’re talking about.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 06:00 PM

i think you can take the faces off and replace them ,
the other option is to bondo any dings in it , and get some of that stiky
teflon tape ( 3” wide ) , and put that on ,
i did that once , and it worked great .
and the measuring cursor still works fine !

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 06:06 PM

Greetings Milo: My sugesstion would be to remove the old fences, take some 1/2” MDF the same heigth and length and laminate them. Maybe take one of the old fences and use it as a pattern, and trim the new ones up….....attach them the same way, and you’re good to go….....if you need an auxilary fence for dados, just attach say a 3/4” piece of oak or ply, and you’re set…...good to go….....later

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 06:07 PM

The kind norm used was just an additional board along his fence when he was using a dado blade to keep from tearing up his fence. They sell connectors at woodcraft that are made to attach a fence board with.

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 06:09 PM

I use sacrificial fences a lot … when they get chewed up, I toss them and head back to the scrap pile, and just make sure the stock is jointed and planed.

I don’t screw them to the fence … I use fence clamps (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17821).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 06:12 PM

I too use the rockler clamps and a length of fir .

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 06:14 PM

Greetings Dane: I’ve got 2 sets of those fence clamps from Rockler, and boy they are the cats meow. Just drill a 3/8” hole in the sac. fence and attach to the good fence, and done….works everytime…...... later.

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 06:17 PM

Add me to that list. I’ve got the top to an old ready-to-assemble (mdf) computer desk that fell apart. Every so often I rip off a strip about 4” wide, and clamp it to the fence with small C-clamps. I think there’s a misnomer that’s causing you confusion – it should probably be called a sacrificial fence face.

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 07:33 PM

If the old fence still locks down square and plumb, replacing the faces with MDF/plywood seems like a great way to recycle/reuse the fence.

Like most of the responses, my sacrificial fence is an add on to my daily rip fence. I wanted the fence to be a bit higher than usual- mine’s about 7”- so instead of the Rockler/Woodcraft pre-made clamps (which only work up to about a 4” fence) I made some L shaped brackets and got some long machine bolts and mounted the brackets onto the add-on fence. The taller fence is nice because it provides an area to easily clamp feather boards, pieces can be run vertically with more support and having the “clamps” permanently attached makes it really easy to reverse the fence when moving the standard rip fence to the other side of the blade.

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#10 posted 02-12-2010 07:40 PM

I made a sacrificial fence for mine, it works great. I have been able to do much more with it. I can always unscrew it and change it out.

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#11 posted 02-12-2010 07:51 PM

Thanks guys, I think I may be trying both to repair the old fence (which still locks down true) and look at those Rockler brackets, which I could use on either saw.

Thanks!

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#12 posted 02-12-2010 07:57 PM

Hi Milo,

If you do decide to attach a board or build something, depending on how much effort you want to put into it and how functional you want it to be, you might consider this auxiliary fence that I built after one used on the Wood smith Shop show. I made mine out of a phenolic coated material sold at Woodcraft but you could use plywood or any material you want. One side is used to make rabbets and the other is a taller fence for raised panels, etc., so it is very functional.

“Auxiliary Fence” http://lumberjocks.com/projects/23338

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#13 posted 02-12-2010 10:05 PM

Lenny—Really like your “Auxiliary Fence”, but I think I might be afraid to use something like it for fear of damaging it! It is really a great accessory.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 02-13-2010 12:15 AM

When it comes to a sacrificial fence face, I’ll echo the above comments on the Rockler fence clamps. Dollar for dollar, I’d rate them one of my best shop buys. I find more and more uses for them.

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#15 posted 02-13-2010 12:30 AM

I use a piece of 3/4” lumber solid core birch for my sacraficial fence, I drilled 2 small holes in the fence (I have a Delta Unifence) and attach it with 2 screws. As what to do with yours, you can buy sheets of the UHMW plastic and make some new faces for it. But if it’s a “spare” fence why not go ahead attach some 3/4” MDF to the face and use it as a designated sacrificial fence.

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