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03-09-2012 06:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw ridgid ts3650 3650 rip fence

Ok guys, I know, I know, shouldn’t happen, but there are some blade pits in my rip fence.

I DIDN’T DO IT. I bought the saw like that, never really affected performance much but I have noticed lately that wood gets kinda hung up on the pits and its more irritating than anything.

I’m not much of a metal guy, but is there a way to fix that.. like bondo or something?

OR what would you do to fix it? Buying a new Biesemeyer fence isn’t in the picture. And because there is a angle in the end of the fence (TS3650) I cant flip it over and use the other side.

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 07:10 AM

I’d probably remove the aluminum face and attach an auxiliary wood fence and reset the measuring tape on the saw.

Formica laminated baltic birch or MDF would work great.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 08:05 AM

+1 for the auxiliary fence and reset the tape, except I’m not sure there’s any reason to remove the aluminum. It looks like there’d be enough meat on the aluminum face to drill and tap for machine screws. Then you could easily replace sacrificial fences all day. Cut a strip out of a laminated shelf from the borg, make it yourself, or you could also use UHMW Polyetyhylene, a hardboard face, MDF, or something else easier, if you didn’t want to deal with laminate for some reason. If you don’t want to drill and tap the aluminum, Rockler makes an auxiliary fence clamp that’s very easy to use.

Quick fix, and worth doing. Glad it’s only been annoying, but it could be much more than that if one of those ridges bumps a piece of work into the blade and throws it at you at the speed of sound…

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 10:18 AM

I’ll bet that got sombody’s attention when all the aluminum dust started flying.

+2 on the aux fence. It’s not a big deal.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 11:28 AM

You might try this and get a double solution

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 01:08 PM

I have the exact same circular pattern on my Incra fence. The sad part is, I DID do it to mine.
I now have a wooden sacrificial fence attached to my original fence, mostly to hide that ugly mark in the gold toned Incra aluminum. I used fence clamps from Rockler.
I like the fence clamps because I have some accessories I use from time to time that require me to remove the sacrificial fence. With these clamps, a couple of turns on a thumb screw and it comes off easily and quickly. Then it’s simply and quick to get back on before too many people see my fence and ask too many questions.


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#6 posted 03-09-2012 01:27 PM

Quickway did this, same as rockler, but probably a bit cheaper and easily available…

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 01:37 PM

Fill with JB weld, make a jig for the grinder that grinds it flush with the fence surface? Other than that or bringing it somewhere to have it filled with aluminum, which would be pricey, I think the above options are the way to go.

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 10:22 PM

The reason I suggested removing the aluminum face (if possible) would be that the fence tape might not need resetting if the auxiliary face closely matches the thickness of the aluminum face. Most TS fences let you fine adjust the cursor; that may be all that is needed.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 10:29 PM

NiteWalker, are you saying take out the entire aluminum bar and replace it with a new face, or just conjure up a way to add a new face like a biesimeyer style?

I’m corn-fused.

I had looked online on how to replace a face on a Biesimeyer fence, and it seems like because the fence has a t-slot i might be able to make a fence slide in that groove with some bolts and cover the heads with formica..

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 10:50 PM

Add a Board to the face of the fence. Don’t drill holes though. You have a T-slot on the face. Use that to secure the aux fence with T-slot fasteners.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 10:51 PM

Possible 2nd option: Tear down the fence to the bare extrusion. Reverse the front and back so the groove is on the other side of the fence and hence, less likely to be annoying.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 11:12 PM

You probably have some tiny ridges that are catching on your workpiece. Try sanding it with some 300 grit emery paper and a sanding block. A few strokes should smooth them out.

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 11:14 PM

If it were mine, I’d fill it with epoxy, chisel it down flush-ish and then flatten with wet or dry paper.

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#14 posted 03-10-2012 12:41 AM

I’ll go with DS251’s first suggestion.

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#15 posted 03-10-2012 12:55 AM

DS251’s second suggestion – turn the extrusion and use the other side if that is an option. Should be easy enough to check out and accomplish. If you start filing or sanding on a filler the fence will end up with a wave in the fence. don’t need that.

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