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Forum topic by IMay1280 posted 02-24-2011 06:57 AM 6092 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2011 06:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw fence fence table saw workcenter work center

Howdy all…

I’m pretty new to woodworking proper, and I am still in the shop setup phase of life. One of the many, MANY, things that I have in mind to do is build my older model Delta contractor saw into a work center. I searched around and found an old shopnotes design that I really like with a matching outfeed table, but the only issue that I have is that it assumes you have a fence with no back rail. I’m sure somewhere down the line I’d be smart enough to work around their design to adapt it to my needs, but right now I’m much better off just following the instructions.

With that said, can anyone recommend an accurate front-rail-only fence that might be a little cheaper than a Biesemeyer? I don’t want to sacrifice accuracy for price, but I also don’t want to be divorced after my wife sees the bank account.

Alternately, if anyone happens to know of something similar to this project that would allow for a two-rail fence setup, I’d appreciate knowing about that as well. Like I mentioned above, I need something that’s going to more-or-less hold my hand all the way through the project though. “Here’s a tree and some screws, refer to finished product image for final assembly” is what I see when I look at a lot of plans right now. You’ve gotta start somewhere though, right?

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 07:12 AM

I would recommend going with the Delta T2 fence. It’s the Delta 36-30”, and it runs around $170.00. You might be able to pick one up a little cheaper through Amazon.com. It should retro-fit your Delta saw with no problems. Also check out Tools Plus…. They carry them too.

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 07:41 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, I had looked at that one prior to posting. It comes with two rails though. Forgive my ignorance, but is the back rail optional? The fence that came with my saw is similar to the T2, though I am not sure if it is the original fence that came with the saw or not as it was a CL purchase. I say that to say, I wonder if I can just remove the back rail and be good to go?

Edit Well, I headed down to the garage to see if I could find part numbers. The table saw is the 36-650 and it looks like the fence isn’t using the rear rail for lock-in purposes. In fact, the plastic clip on the bottom of the rear of the fence barely has contact with that rail at all, much less locks in. I found a manual online for the table saw, and it does look like the standard fence for that saw model. With that being said, do you folks of greater experience think that I would be ok just removing that back rail and going with it? All of the locking takes place in the head of the fence…

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 08:13 AM

The rear rail on your saw has nothing to do with the fence. The saw body or table and the two extention wings bolts to the rear rail. The fence only moves on the front rail and locks on the front rail….Look at your manual again. You should be able to use your fence on the new saw station….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 08:22 AM

What was throwing me was the plastic piece that actually has a groove that goes around the leg of the back rail. At a casual glance to a novice, it appeared at first that it was part of the lockout mechanic for the fence, and therefore important. After actually getting down and watching the locking action at the rear of the saw, it appeared to be a useless chunk of plastic. I can only assume it was there as some sort of safety catch.

At any rate, thank you for your help and suggestions. Tools Plus has the T2 for $150 right now if that is of use to anyone who reads this thread, and I might go ahead and replace the fence anyway. Have a good night!

-- It might not be exacty what I thought it would look like, but I still have almost all of my fingers!

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