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Forum topic by Underdog posted 01-20-2017 02:20 AM 865 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Underdog

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01-20-2017 02:20 AM

Yep. It’s an old saw. But it’s mine, and it’s not really been used that much. I bought it used from a ReTool that got it from a guy who received it as a Christmas gift, but never actually put it together and used it….

But the fence drives me absolutely nutz. I’ve realigned it several times but it just won’t stay put.

So I’m looking for a replacement fence that won’t break the bank, but will at least lock down at the same angle every time.

I’ve got access to a Biesemeyer T-square that needs the sides replaced… But I’d need the angle and tube to mount it to. I’ve thought about making my own from plans at http://vsctools.com/product-details/diy-table-saw/

What recommendation would you make?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"


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#1 posted 01-20-2017 04:01 AM

Rigid has always had nice fences. Yours is not adjusted right or it would work great. Is the back of the fence tight when you lock the location? If so, it may be too tight and dragging during adjustment. If it’s too loose it can move during the lockup.

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#2 posted 01-20-2017 11:23 AM

I agree with papadan…the Ridgid fences on those particular contractor saws are generally fairly well regarded, not in the league of a Biese IMO, but functional. Take a good look at all the adjustable parts, and/or take some pics of the mechanisms and adjustments on the fence, and maybe someone here will spot something that’s off.

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 11:33 AM

You can get the rails and tube for the Biesemeyer at a local metal shop… it’s nothing special really, and you can get it any length you want.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 02:32 PM

On a related note, how much is a used Biesemeyer fence that needs refacing worth? I think I’m gonna glom onto it, and get my local fabrication shop to get me some steel… Regardless of whether I get me Ridgid fence to work.

Oh… and what size tube and angle does one need for the Biesemeyer fence? Need to price the steel.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#5 posted 01-20-2017 06:56 PM

Oh… and what size tube and angle does one need for the Biesemeyer fence? Need to price the steel.
- Underdog

Depends on which one you have… the commercial or the homeshop model:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 01-20-2017 07:17 PM

It’s probably the commerical one. It went on our old Powermatic tablesaw before we bought the SawStop. But all it needs to do is work with the Fence T-Square, yes?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#7 posted 01-20-2017 07:28 PM

The tube on this T-Square is 2” x 3”. As you can see, tis well worn…

Here are pix:

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#8 posted 01-20-2017 07:30 PM

Measure the fence tube… if it’s 2” X 3”, then you have the commercial version. If smaller, (1.5” X 2.5”), then it’s the home shop version.

Edit: I guess you were posting those pictures as I was typing :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 01-20-2017 08:51 PM

What do you suppose the T-Square is worth, given that I’ll have to buy steel and it’s needing refacing?
I’m tempted to offer $25.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#10 posted 01-20-2017 09:54 PM



What do you suppose the T-Square is worth, given that I ll have to buy steel and it s needing refacing?
I m tempted to offer $25.

Around here at least, they are hard to find used at all. New, they are well north of $200. (Given the simplicity of construction I have no idea why, but that’s another story.) As long as it is straight, get it for what you can, reface it with scraps of Corian or similar from a countertop shop, and don’t look back.

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#11 posted 01-20-2017 10:06 PM

Prices are similar around here… a complete used fence and rails average around $200, give or take depending on condition. You can get the rails and guide tube for ~$40+/- depending on how long you want them, and another $10 or so for the adhesive tape measure. For the fence faces, they are 1/2” Baltic birch with a laminate attached and a t-moulding around the top. You can get the t-moulding online (like here) for a few bucks. And you can get laminate scraps (and maybe even the ply) from a local cabinet shop that will work just fine, which will save you from having to buy a large sheet at the BORG.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Underdog

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#12 posted 01-23-2017 09:40 PM



Prices are similar around here… a complete used fence and rails average around $200, give or take depending on condition. You can get the rails and guide tube for ~$40+/- depending on how long you want them, and another $10 or so for the adhesive tape measure. For the fence faces, they are 1/2” Baltic birch with a laminate attached and a t-moulding around the top. You can get the t-moulding online (like here) for a few bucks. And you can get laminate scraps (and maybe even the ply) from a local cabinet shop that will work just fine, which will save you from having to buy a large sheet at the BORG.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


And where does one get the angles and guide tube? Local steel supplier? Or…?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#13 posted 01-23-2017 09:46 PM

And where does one get the angles and guide tube? Local steel supplier? Or…?
- Underdog

Yup… or you can buy it online if you don’t have any metal suppliers in your area. Call up a welding shop or two and see if they can recommend a local supplier for you.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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