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06-24-2011 05:31 AM

Hello All,

I own a craftsman table saw Model No. 113.29943 and I want to put a better fence on it. My search landed me here and I came across the following two DIY Fence projects:

1- Hutch’s DIY fence made out of extruded aluminum. (

2- Jeo Emenaker’s DIY fence using angle irons and square tubing at:

I, of course, want to go with the cheaper option. Have people here built any of the above fences? Do you know which one is cheaper and easier to build? Which one is more accurate?

If there is a better design, I would appreciate if you can guide me to it. Also, if an after market fence can be bought for about the same price it would take to do DIY, please guide me to that.

I would really appreciate your help on this.


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#1 posted 06-24-2011 06:02 AM

pricing out the components for Hutch’s fence makes the Delta T2 a very very attractive after-market fence upgrade (someone just reviewed it here in the review section currently also on the front page of this site) especially considering the time required to build a DYI fence and the need to tine tune it and align it. I would personally rather spend that time making a woodworking project if I could.

Now if you just enjoy building your own tools and upgrades, than I think Hutches fence with the aluminum parts would be easier to fabricate as it doesnt require welding and cutting of steel parts.

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 06:42 AM

Searching further on this forum, I also came across recommendations for Ridgid AC1036 fence. Is delta T2 is better than Ridgid? Which one is cheaper?

Any idea who offers the lowest prices on this type of fences?


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#3 posted 06-24-2011 02:58 PM

I just did a review of the T2, which I mounted on my older Craftsman:

I thought about doing something like Hutch. I’m pretty familiar with the extrusions (8020), as I built a CNC router using it. However, the cost of the parts, plus the time involved, didn’t add up for me, when you can get the T2 for $149 + 6.50 shipping from Tools-plus. I think that’s the lowest price you will find for the T2.

I took a quick look around, and other than parts at the Ridgid parts depot, I didn’t see anyone offering the AC1036. It might be discontinued, or maybe I just didn’t look hard enough. The T2 is available from several sources, but Tools-plus has the best total price.

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 03:04 PM

As cool as those DIY fences are (and they are very, very cool), I’d probably go with the Delta out of simplicity. If you’re looking for a cool project though, that changes things. I can understand going either way.

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 06:00 PM

One of the recommendations for the AC1036 you read was probably mine. I bought a used one from CL and have used it 3-4 years now. I like it a lot. It is a vast improvement over the stock Sears fence that came with my saw and accurate? I just set it to the tape and cut. I haven’t had to align it since the initial alignment when I fisrt mounted it to the saw.

Sadly, I don’t believe it is still sold. A friend recently wanted to upgrade his Craftsman table saw fence and we couldn’t find any AC1036 for sale new. You may find an AC1036 for sale on the bay or one of the newer designs from a Ridgid saw that somebody upgraded the fence on.

My friend ended up with a new T2 fence. For ~$150 (do some digging; we found it some places over $250!) it was a lot cheaper than a new saw and it is a very good fence indeed. I helped him install it and what I didn’t like was the extra work involved. The AC1036 was made for the Emerson saws sold by Craftsman for so many years (including yours) and required no, repeat NO, modifications to either the saw or fence to install. Others on the web reported that the T2 bolted right up, we didn’t find it so. The T2 requires drilling either the saw or the fence to make it work. There are lots of howtos here at LJ’s and on the web for installing the T2 on older Craftsman saws.

The reason I landed at LJ’s in the first place was Hutch’s fence design. I still think it is a fine design and was ready to pull the trigger on stock to build one just like it when my AC1036 came up on the local CL. If you want to make your own fence, I would certainly recommend Hutch’s design.

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