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Forum topic by IDSkoT posted 01-18-2011 03:46 AM 6244 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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IDSkoT

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01-18-2011 03:46 AM

Hey, guys. While ripping some wood on my old Craftsman table saw, I noticed that the wood was pushing againt the rip fence oddly, and after I put a leveler on the cut side with the flat side on the floor, and noticed that the cut wasn’t straight. I tried unscrewing the two screws on top and realigning and tightening, but it’s always off by 1/8-3/16” at the opposite side that it locks on.

Does anyone know if I can fix it? Or do I have to buy a new one? Alternately, should I replace the whole rip fence system? I saw online they have a few replacement kind of deals where you make your own.

Any suggestions for a novice!


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Chris_

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 03:53 AM

Well,

I don’t have good news for you. I’ve got this model 113.22411 from the 50’s:

The original fence was pretty much worthless. As you can see I put a Biesemeyer Home Series fence on this saw many years ago.

You can get Delta T2 fences at Tools Plus for about $150. You aren’t going to find a cheaper price on a fence anywhere and this is a good fence. I bought one to put on a Craftsman 103 series Cabinet saw I bought last year:

Good luck!

-- Chris

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ajosephg

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 04:06 AM

Align the fence as close as you can get it, but don’t completely tighten the screws that lock the back side of the fence. When you get the fence in the location where you want to make the cut, adjust the back of the fence by tapping it with your hand until it is precisely aligned with the blade. Then use a Quick Clamp on the back of the fence to clamp it to the table so the fence won’t move during the cut.

That’s what I did on a similar fence for years and years until I got around to replacing it with a Delta T2.

-- Joe

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ChrisCarr

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 04:25 AM

If you take time to adjust Your fence with precision it will work like a champ. I got a tube-style fence from a lumberjock member a while back. It was off by something like 1/8 – 1-4 in the back. I played around with it for a few hours and eventually got things fixed. To this day the back is off by only thousands of an inch, which is good enough for woodwork. I always square my fence with a speed square though before locking it. I fixed it so it doesn’t move for where you leave it once the lever is down. If you show me a picture of your fence I can suggest what you can tweak to get it working good.

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 04:29 AM

I use a little different method on my old Craftsman, loosen the two top screws then there is a bolt on the end of the fence connected to the tightening handle take any play out of it then align the fence with a miter slot tighten it down making sure it stays straight then tighten the two top screws.

-- Tom D

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