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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 04-06-2016 05:19 AM 1227 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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trevor7428

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04-06-2016 05:19 AM

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So I’ve been looking at after market table saw fences for my delta 36-725 table saw.

When building cabinets, it would be so nice to have a 36in rip capacity. I was thinking instead of spending the money for a bigger fence. Maybe just shift the delta fence over because who ever uses there fence on left side of blade. I sure don’t, don’t ever plan too either. Don’t know why you would want to? Lol

Anyways, has anyone successfully done this with this tablesaw? I know I would have to drill new holes in fence. Would anyone recommend this…. not recommend this?

Just trying to get some ideas before I just jump at it and regret it later lol

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion


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#1 posted 04-06-2016 10:48 AM

Great idea. My 2412 has 36” of capacity and it’s great to have. I’d drill the fence mounting rail as you can always get another mounting rail much more easily than a new CI table saw top.

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 11:27 AM

I haven’t done it on this saw, but it should be doable. I usually leave the mounting angle bracket in place, and just slide the rails over, but the two piece front rail system may pose some challenges. It really depends on how the holes are layed out. You might try relocating the angle bracket and the fence rail….no harm trying it without drilling anything, you can always put it back if it doesn’t work out. If you’re not averse to doing some drilling, a new single piece of steel tubing would open up lots of possibilities.

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 05:05 PM



I haven t done it on this saw, but it should be doable. I usually leave the mounting angle bracket in place, and just slide the rails over, but the two piece front rail system may pose some challenges. It really depends on how the holes are layed out. You might try relocating the angle bracket and the fence rail….no harm trying it without drilling anything, you can always put it back if it doesn t work out. If you re not averse to doing some drilling, a new single piece of steel tubing would open up lots of possibilities.

http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/34563

- knotscott

Thank you for the link. Really helpful

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 03:15 AM

How wide is your stock? If I need to cut anything wider than 30”, I just cut it in the other direction and account for the blade thickness. I don’t cut anything wider than 4’, so if I needed 36” cut, I cut it at 11-7/8”, which should leave me with a 36” cut.

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#5 posted 04-07-2016 06:22 AM



How wide is your stock? If I need to cut anything wider than 30”, I just cut it in the other direction and account for the blade thickness. I don t cut anything wider than 4 , so if I needed 36” cut, I cut it at 11-7/8”, which should leave me with a 36” cut.

- Rayne

Well that’s what I currently do too, but it’s a huge inconvenience and not that safe when the off cut is bigger piece.

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#6 posted 04-07-2016 10:41 AM


How wide is your stock? If I need to cut anything wider than 30”, I just cut it in the other direction and account for the blade thickness. I don t cut anything wider than 4 , so if I needed 36” cut, I cut it at 11-7/8”, which should leave me with a 36” cut.

- Rayne

Well that s what I currently do too, but it s a huge inconvenience and not that safe when the off cut is bigger piece.

- trevor7428

I am not the safety guru. I never wore any eye or hearing protection. But when it comes to crosscutting ply and having way too much on the ignorant side of the blade i can tell you that you are better off by having a deep fence. How do I know this?

It went down like this. My first shop I worked in when I was 18 I was crosscutting 1/4 ply. I was taking off like 2 or 3 inches. It got bound up and kicked me in the jewels [collective LJ groan]. Know the old saying about seeing stars?—I did. Nuff said. The second shop I worked in my boss bought the material and made a 96” Bies fence rail system for the old 66. Best. Saw. On. Planet. Earth!
Steve
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#7 posted 04-09-2016 05:42 AM

My only thought is I use the left side of my table saw because it is right tilting so I use the left side to cut oak octagon handles. I want to be on top of the blade not under it.

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 06:42 AM

I did this on my general cabinet saw and it worked out well increasing my R rip capacity from 36 to 48”. I had to slide both the angle and tubing onle hole to the right. My only concern is whether your saw has 1/8”, 3/16”, or 1/4” thick angle/tubing. If your fence is one of the thinner models it might lack the rigidity/stiffness needed to keep things parallel and locked securely. I guess there only one way to find out.

Another option would be to pick up some -/4” tube/rail at your local metal yard. A 48” piece of angle and tube should be around 100$ out the door for both pieces. Clean them with thinner and a both brite. Use your saw or current fence to transfer hole locations. Drill them slightly oversized, knock down any burs or sharp corners and spray it with a cpl coats of Rusto.

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