Keeping my table fence square?

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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 06-01-2011 01:58 AM 1338 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2011 01:58 AM

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I have and older biesemeyer fence, and I am having a tough time keeping it square. Everytime I square the fence up, it starts back making my rip cuts taper. I am wondering whats causeing the problem?

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 02:19 AM

check the blade to the fence
and the slot to both
the top could be slightly twisted
from square
and the fence straight with the miter slots

check the adjustment pads on the fence too
they may be old and worn

here is the best i can do for delta parts
enter the model # of your fence
hope this helps

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 02:22 AM

I dont have the model number of my fence, it was given to me alone with some Shop Fox Rails.

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 02:27 AM

Also, check the fence itself for square; the auxiliary fence I was using was slightly off so I had to adjust for that until I was able to replace it.

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 02:35 PM

Check as above to see if the fence is parallel to the lots and if the blade is also parallel.
Is it more pronounced if the rip is wider or narrower or off by the same? If it changes you may have warped rails. Also check the surfaces of the fence. Lay it on its side on a flat surface and see if maybe your fence body may be warped etc. Next check the pads they may be worn or if you are adjusting by the screws get everything all aligned and put a little lock tight on them so they don’t loosen. Also are you setting your fence so it toes out from the blade? If so maybe you are adjusting it out further than you think and it is more pronounced on longer rips.

You didn’t tell us if it stays aligned for a while and starts doing it again after a couple of cuts or days.

-- mrg

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 03:17 PM

It stays aligned for awhile, its more like a couple of days.

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 05:36 PM

Sounds like the adjustment screws are loose. Put some Loktite on them as mrg said.

-- Joe

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