|Forum topic by dave||posted 02-21-2011 08:42 AM||7440 views||2 times favorited||12 replies|
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.