Retrofitting a Delta T2 fence to Craftsman Saw

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01-31-2012 02:09 PM

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I have just received my order for a Delta 36-T30 30” T2 fence for my old Craftsman saw. My porblem is the fence itself is way to long for the bed of my saw which measures 20” wide. The fence is about 29” from front mounting bracked to back bracket that hooks to rear angle rail. I see no way to shorten it without distroying the quality of the fence. How do I correct this or do I send it back. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Obviously this Delta fence is intended for a 30” width table saw.
Wendell HELP

-- Wendell

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 03:59 PM

I can’t see any way to use it, unless you can figure out a way of extending your saw’s table.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 06:22 PM


I don’t know if this will help fix your problem with the new fence, but I did a re0furbish on my old Craftsman saw a couple of years ago. I removed the old ” diamond wings” that came on it, built some new outfeed tables out of MDF, laminated them, and trimmed them out with Maple. I ordered a Delta Saw Guide (they don’t make it anymore——it was a small version of the bigger Delta guide fence then), and it has a 30” rail. Retro-fitted to the old saw just fine…..go to my blog entitled “A new look for an old workhorse”, and read how I did it…..also built a saw cabinet for it… might help——might not…...good luck….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 06:56 PM

Hi Wendell,

I had the same problem with my Delta 34-670 contractors saw. The fence it came with was inadequate, so I purchased the same 30” Delta T2 fence that you have. Unfortunately, the saw has a small table similar to yours. Mine is about 21X21. The fence will not fit the saw, as is.

I was already planning to build a tablesaw workstation cabinet like the one Greg Wurst described at, and I was determined to install a better fence. So, I sized the saw workstation to the fence. The fence is not directly attached to the saw, but rather to red oak runners at the front and back of the cabinet. The cast iron table is also attached to the front runner.

I may run into issues down the road with this solution. It will at least require some monitoring for movement or separation between the table, the runner and the fence. However, all of the work is reversible. It is working so far and I love using the new fence. I am enjoying my saw more than ever.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 07:13 PM

I’d work on extending the table if it can work. The T2 is such a nice fence compared with the stock fence.

First, look for what kind of clearance for the guard you need especially when the saw tilts. You may have to take off the guard. That may not be something you are willing to do.

I’d probably look to extend the table with MDF, braced with angle iron or hardwood. I’d fasten the MDF direct to the edge of the table and then put an angle iron or hardwood strip maybe a foot down on the cabinet and cut some support pieces that ran from the lower support to the back of MDF (or maybe the bottom of the back rail. I’d probably use dowel nuts to hold fasteners into the MDF for the MDF to the table top, the MDF to the fence rail and for the supports. Don’t forget you will need to plow miter slots into the extension.

The back rail of the T2 doesn’t need all that much support, so the extension doesn’t have to hold up a ton of weight.

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 08:07 PM

All of the clamping power and horizontal alignment of the T2 fence is on the front rail. The back rail is a support surface so that the fence can ride just clear of the table.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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