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Forum topic by dave posted 02-21-2011 08:42 AM 7489 views 2 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dave

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02-21-2011 08:42 AM

Looking for comments/feedback between Mule Cabinetmaker M1050 and ShopFox Classic fence with 7’ rails. I’d like to mount to my homemade table/mobile workstation.

Well, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts here from time to time and finally got inspired by looking at some of the work solutions here to build something of my own. I just completed a work bench with 27 drawers and now have a couple more projects to tackle. I’m getting ready to replace all of the trim in our house and after doing just one room, got tired of setting up my small table saw and miter saw on portable stands.

I am in the final stretch of wrapping up a mobile work station that will allow me to move the dust outside on nice days. You’ll see in the pictures that I have my miter saw on one side, table saw, band saw and soon to be router table accessible on the other. I still need to finish with a masonite or other surface on the table saw surface and will be building an extension/outfeed bracket.

I’ve just ordered some T7 aluminum extrusion for the miter saw fence along with some flip stops. As I prepare to surface the table saw surface and beef up the front with a couple strips of oak, I’m stuck trying to decide between the Mule Cabinetmaker M1050 or the ShopFox Classic Fence with the 7’ rails.

The Mule M1050 doesn’t win any beauty awards but from the review on here and others I’ve seen, appears to be a good solid fence. The concept I have with the 7’ rails is to mount them further left than they typically would be. If I drop the angle iron down a bit and shim up the bar stock, I think I can avoid catching the miter slots with the angle iron bracket. By sliding it left, I could conceivably use the same fence as a guide for projects on my bandsaw. Based on my measurements, I would be looking at about 50”R and a bit less than 24”L. Again, the longer rail would allow me to use the fence for the band saw.

Anyone have any suggestions/comments between these two fences?

Miter saw side—hose will be connected to vacuum at the end of project. There are two drawers stacked under shelf that don’t have slides yet—need to build drawers for under miter saw and far end.

Table/Band saw side—router will go on far end, accesible from the end. Need to cut install door for vacuum cabinet and cut/install hood under saw for dust collection. There will be drawers in other bays.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 08:35 PM

I have the Aluma Classic on my TS. Can’t forsee ever needing anything else. It has been a good, accurate fence.
Bill

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 10:08 PM

I have the Shop Fox Classic … it has been rock solid ( http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/840 ).

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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dave

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 11:10 PM

Thanks—I’ve read the two reviews (including Gerry’s) on the Shop Fox and the review on the Mule Cabinetry fence. What I’m starting to determine is that both are absolutely fine and seem to be at about my price and quality level.

Gerry—is there enough room for me to mount the angle iron rails slightly lower that what they describe and shim the guide tube up with some washers? I’m just worried about the clearance height with the angle if I don’t mount it in line with the miter slots. Particularly, I don’t aniticipate that the factory slots on the top that line up with the miter slots will be as specified. I also want to add two more miter slots on the table and don’t want to grind down the angle iron if I mount it at the prescribed height.

I won’t be bolting the angle rail support on in the customary fashion, rather securing the angle iron through a 2” thick section of red oak used around the perimeter of the table with some wood screws.

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 11:45 PM

dave—You might be able to do that … the rails have elongated )vertical holes) to mount to the saw chassis, and the tube itself has 1⁄4-20 threaded holes.

The tube is mounted to the front rail with three our four washers that you use as shims between the rail and tube. They supply 3⁄4” bolts which might not be long enough, but you can solve that with a trip to the hardware store.

The manual is at http://grizzly.com/products/G8826 ... IIRC, the pictures are accurate.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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dave

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 12:22 AM

Thanks—I had gone over both manuals pretty much a couple of times each to make sure I understood the installation requirements before I started thinking if I could modify it. I’ll basically replace the bolts with lag bolts and that should hold it on pretty good. I’m glad to hear they have elongated holes as I’m sure that helps people get it nice and straight and will help me in case I don’t get the holes drilled exactly on center.

Thinking I’ll order the Shop Fox with 7’ rails later tonight…..

This afternoon I just picked up some 1/2” MDF and some nice panel dark stained laminate ($9.99) for the table top. Now that I have my hole cut for the saw, I’ll overlay the MDF which will be rough cut to size and use a router to square up the edges….then do the same with the laminate before attaching the oak side rails around the perimeter.

Thanks for the help!!

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knotscott

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 12:57 AM

Like everything, which one you like best is going to be a matter of preference, but the Mulecab is no where near as stout as the SF, plus it needs to be slid off one end or the other to remove. I’d go with the SF in a heartbeat if the prices are remotely close.

I do think the SF “Aluma Classic” that Bill White mentioned is a better fit for your rig. Both have steel tubing but the SF “Classic” has bigger and heavier tubing.

SF Classic:

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SF Aluma Classic:

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TheDane

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 01:02 AM

FWIW … I looked at the Mule (as well as a bunch of others), and noted the same thing knotscott points out. I just concluded the Shop Fox was the best fit for me!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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dave

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 01:52 AM

Thanks gentlemen—the Shop Fox it will be…..

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Chefshep

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 09:49 PM

Dave,

I was looking at this string. Wondering if you had your mind set already? You may want to check this out…

Shop made fence

After looking at the mobile work center that you have here, I thought that this would be an awesome way to customize it to your exact needs

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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dave

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 06:16 AM

Chefshep—Thanks for the link! I remember seeing that company about 4 months ago before I was serious about this project and couldn’t remember the name and didn’t add their site to my favorites. I haven’t ordered the Shop Fox so I’ll probably price out something from those folks too for comparison. It definately would allow me to get more creative for adding something for the band saw between the table saw and what will be a router on the end.

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Chefshep

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 08:28 AM

No prob, Glad I could help. I do believe that the possibilities to create exactly what you need will present themselves as you review the different available pieces & lengths & think it through…

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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blockhead

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 06:46 PM

I too have the SF Aluma Classic on my saw at home. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have a Delta Unifence at work which is a good fence, but I would take my SF over it any day of the week.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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