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03-27-2017 12:03 AM

Just want to know how you would do it.

If you have a left tilt saw, do you think you will ever need to have the fence on the right side of the blade?

T-Square style or one that also locks on the back end too?

Any other design decisions that anyone can think of?


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#1 posted 03-27-2017 12:13 AM

I have a left tilt saw and the fence stays on the right of the blade.
On occasion I do move the fence to the other side.

Definitely T Square Style

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 12:32 AM

Incra:

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 12:36 AM


Incra:

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- Madmark2

Not sure what I’m looking g at here. Is there a table saw in there?

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 12:40 AM

Most fences are designed to cut from the right side of the blade, though it’s possible for many fences to cut on either side. Having the fence on the left side of the blade is less likely with a left tilt saw, and done sometimes for bevel cuts with a right tilt saw.

I strongly prefer the front locking t-square Biesemeyer type fences over most dual locking fences. They’re generally easy to use, accurate, and fairly goof proof.

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 12:47 AM

Not to change the subject but I just saw jbay’s signature. I went up to look at his projects and I see they’ve been removed. jbay, have people been pilfering your designs?

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 12:53 AM

Madmark is proud of his Inca….

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#7 posted 03-27-2017 01:49 AM

I would start by making a list of wanted features.

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#8 posted 03-28-2017 04:56 PM

Quirky thing about fence design is that they could give more length guidance in front of the saw blade and far less on the feed outside…. I’d like to see one with with a sliding track built in to move the fence back toward the feed side when desired.. Seems like one has to jerry rig the fence for long rips for fence support and block out crosscuts to eliminate making wood projectiles..

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#9 posted 03-28-2017 05:04 PM

Seems like a lot of videos show crosscuts being measured by placing a block between the wood and fence and using a saw kerf on crosscut for repeatable cuts… That itself is not a best practice as I see it.. Just saying that as simple as a fence is,,,basic in it’s reason for being that I’m surprised that it hasn’t been radically redesigned..

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#10 posted 03-28-2017 05:42 PM

The Unifence slides forward and back, and has different faces, one for thin stocks. It’s also very strong and more rigid than the Biesemeyer. To me, it’s already very close to ideal.

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#11 posted 03-29-2017 04:33 AM

The incra fence is tough to beat. Accurate, repeatable and fast. Micro adjustment and easy to zero out for different kerf blades/dados etc. No guessing, and the 1/32” increments means no variation if you move the fence and then find out you need another piece at the previous number. Worth every penny.

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#12 posted 03-29-2017 04:47 AM

To me, it’s already very close to ideal.
- Rick M

+1

The Unifence is pretty close to anything I would design if I had to… and it is also considered much safer than full length fences. Here is an article from Popular Woodworking that mentions the Unifence (the ‘once available fence on this side of the Atlantic’) and the European style fences, as related to safety:
Table Saws: Why the British Think We’re Crazy

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#13 posted 03-29-2017 06:17 AM

I have a Unfenced, and cant think of any way I would want to redesign it.

I cannot recall a time I’ve had it on the left side of the blade – ever.
But it would certainly be easy to put it over there if there was a reason.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 03-29-2017 04:05 PM

The only time I move my unifence to the left side is when cutting beveled panels, since my saw is right tilt. But if I did that very often I would probably make a dedicated jig.

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#15 posted 03-29-2017 04:20 PM

i didn’t pay attention during the edit period and cannot go back to correct my #13 post above saying my saw in “unfenced”. Dang autocorrect gets ya sometime. I presume readers knew it was supposed to read as unifence. Typing it just now, I used the pull down menu to tell the software to learn the correct spelling.

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