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Forum topic by Curtis S. posted 04-03-2012 04:51 AM 1122 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2012 04:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: fence radial arm saw dewalt craftsman table

So within the past week I have been fortunate enough to come upon a couple amazing tool finds. The first which is what the whole forum is about, is an older Dewalt Radial Arm saw (10”) (I’ll check the model number later since its truly redundant to my post.) The table on it is shot, so I know for sure I am going to replace it with a melamine top but where I am struggling is what I should do for the fence. My father has an older Craftsman RAS and has “The Backgage” by National Hardware inc fence on it. The only problem is you cant make angled cuts with it, but adjusting the ruler is a breeze(just in case your fence gets bumped out of perfect alignment.) I know I can build a fence put, a dual t track on top and have a ruler as well as a stop block on it, but I have grown quite fond of the backgage and if possible would like to find one. Does anyone out there know, whether they still are available for sale, whether they still make it or not, and if they by chance do or don’t make it, where can I find one? Thanks for your help guys.
PS I have googled this and the best thing I can find is an old popular mechanics article 1990 to be exact about the backgage, here is the link(in case you have never heard of, or seen a backgage fence)

-- Curtis, Texas Woodworker and wood lover.

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 05:28 AM

Good score. The Backgage looks like a rudimentary stop system
by today’s standards. The market wasn’t ready for woodworking
power tool accessories in the 1980s and about all that’s survived
is some joinery jigs like the Leigh, et al. and some properties
like Biesemier.

Look on ebay. You can set up an alert – on the chance that one
of the things you want comes up you’d get an email. Don’t
cross your fingers… lots of these vintage accessories were
made by cottage industries whose principals moved on to
greener pastures. I have some groovy old jigs myself I’d love
to have multiples of.

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