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Has anyone built any auxillary fences for INCRA LS-TS fence?

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Forum topic by RockyTopScott posted 01-23-2011 06:45 PM 1967 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2011 06:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tablesaw

Fellow jocks I am looking for any ideas for both standard and dado fences that fit an Incra tablesaw fence. Thanks to all.

Scott

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 07:51 PM

Scott:

Two thoughts about this…

First, the great thing about the Incra is that you generally don’t need sacrificial fences with the Incra simply because your “waste” side is always left of the blade, meaning that if you use your stacked-dado or cut a rabbet, it doesn’t have to be on the fence itself…at least that’s my experience anyway.

Second, if you do build an auxiliary fence, you can pretty much just cut a hardboard (I use oak for my Incra miter gauge) and use the flat-nut hardware that comes with the TS-LS to slide into the T-slot. You’d just countersink the allenhead bolts in the face of the fence and tighten on with the black-handled allen driver that comes with the TS-LS. Incra normally thinks of everything, so it’s nice that all we need for the simple jigs and fixtures comes with the fence itself.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 08:10 PM

Jay, thanks for your response.

I have been doing exactly as you suggest.

In addition to doing the rabbet with the aux fence I am also looking to add some feather boards and other jigs to the fence.

I find the Incra fence is not tall enough to accomodate some of the items.

I was really thinking about selling my TS-LS and getting a Biesemeyer fence so I would be able to build “traditional” aux fences.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 08:27 PM

Ah, yeah, I suppose height could be an issue, especially if you need to resaw some boards. Even so, it shouldn’t be too big a deal to add a taller aux fence. And the nice thing about the Incra is that zeroing to the blade takes all of about two seconds.

Homemade featherboards can mount directly to the T-slots as well. However, something like an Benchdog Featherboard doesn’t give enough clearance when mounted the same way. At that point, I’d just groove a T-slot into the top of the aux fence for use with those types of featherboards. A T-slot router bit comes in handy there.

Regardless, I wouldn’t trade my TS-LS for a Bies…whereas you can build large fixtures to go over the top of a Bies, I really like the T-slots in the Incra face…it’s just too simple. Plus, half of the reason I got the TS-LS is so that I could use my router as well.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 09:05 PM

I made and Aux. Fence for my TS using a piece of 3/4 MDF. The MDF is stable, and works easily of course. I drilled a line of holes (4 holes for a 36” fence) for attaching to the fence with t-nuts and countersunk flat head screws. Then along the very top edge of the fence I rabbited a groove to receive a piece of t-track extrusion for installing feather boards, fixtures, etc. This doesn’t limit me on having to use the centered t-slot thats in my saws fence (just like the TS-LS). Also with the huge variety of extruded track systems out there its really up to your imagination as to what you can construct. ttrackusa.com as well as Incra have a good selection of extrusion for this. You could make the fence as high as needed (within reason) and the true 3/4” thickness it makes doing math for the fence thickness easy. (granted you dont have to worry about that with the TS-LS). I am planning on making another of these only sacrificial for using with my Dado set.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 09:15 PM

I have been thinking about this for a couple of days. I have some one side melamine 3/4 MDF in the shop I am going to use

I will post it once I get it finished. Thanks

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