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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 1230 days ago 1259 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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1230 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: beisemeyer fence question

Just bought a 5-year-old Unisaw with a Beisemeyer fence. Haven’t used this fence system before. The fence clamp handle has glued to it a small pieces of wood and on top of this is glued a small piece of sandpaper.

What’s up with this? Good? Bad?

Suggestions would be really appreciated, as I am new to this fence system. Thanks in advance.

-- We must all walk our own green mile


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#1 posted 1230 days ago

Just off the top of my head, I’d say he clamped the fence down too hard and bent the thingy in there, after which it would not lock down. Then, he glued a stick and some sandpaper in there to make it kind-of work again.

Tomorrow when I get into my shop again, I’ll look and see if I still agree with what I just said.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 1229 days ago

Thanks Joe, that would be really great. I just looked again and there is a gentle curve all the way along the “thingy” ......... from where it comes out of the bolt all the way through to the end. Doesn’t look like it would be too hard to straighten out, if that is the way it is supposed to be. Thanks again.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#3 posted 1229 days ago

You can order that part from Delta or anyone that sells the Beise fence.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 1229 days ago

Thanks, guys.

This looks like the part to me. Agreed?

http://www.mikestools.com/B1350056-Biesemeyer-Cam-Foot-White.aspx

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#5 posted 1229 days ago

C_Plus; I don’t think the cam foot is the part to worry about here but rather the glide pad on the foot. You can get just the pad; I’d also check the two inner glide pads on the T-bar for wear. Might be a good idea to replace all three glide pads if you’re planning on placing an order anyway.

Cheers, Mark

-- Tilbilly Mark

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#6 posted 1229 days ago

Mark….....thx.. I already ordered the cam foot (not expensive) but I will take your advice and also swap out all of the pads. I might as well get the ones that go onto the middle bottom of the fence as well while I am at it.

Sure like this forum and the folks on it.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#7 posted 1229 days ago

OUCH!!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 1229 days ago

I had purchased a General tablesaw with a Bies fence a few years ago but can’t get used to it after so many years using the Unifence on the Unisaw.

Doesn’t seem to lock as well, maybe has the same bent problem but mine is new…

Good Luck with yours C+!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#9 posted 1229 days ago

I say it is the pad. I had one that the pad came un-glued and had a hard time getting it to stay in place. I used some reinforced fiberglass tape to wrap the pad to the cam bar. This worked well but is not a permenate fix but re-doing it is not much of a problem.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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#10 posted 1229 days ago

Ha! C_plus; I was going to suggest you get that glide pad too but I didn’t want to spend any more of your money :)

Cheers, Mark.

-- Tilbilly Mark

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#11 posted 1229 days ago

Looked at mine today, and don’t have anything to add. Looks like you have it covered.

-- Joe

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#12 posted 1229 days ago

Thanks for all the help guys. Really appreciate it. Got all the pads and a new cam foot coming. That ought to take care of it…..........no matter what it was.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#13 posted 1224 days ago

Just thought I would do a follow-up on that foot cam issue. The new foot cam is now installed and it works perfectly. That was exactly the problem…............ the missing pad. The old and new cams both had the same curve to them.

Thanks a lot guys. Really appreciate the help.

p.s. Strange thing happened today. Made several cuts….....and they were all straight. No measuring and re-measuring from the blade to the fence (and then prayer). Wonderful.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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MarcusM

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#14 posted 1223 days ago

That’s great C-Plus. Soon enough you’ll have to change your name to at least B-Plus :)

Mark

-- Tilbilly Mark

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#15 posted 1223 days ago

General info: On my older Biesmeyer, the tension is adjusted with two Allen set screws on the fence part that runs inside the rail. They adjust for squareness as well.

Second, those pads—and I called Biesmeyer for this info when I bought mine used—are just laminate samples. Wilsonart, Micarta, whatever. I use the marbley ones for the surface that rides on the table and the regular finish ones for the lever that operates off the cam.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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