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Forum topic by Charlie posted 04-18-2012 11:54 PM 1662 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2012 11:54 PM

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I’m about to cut up a bunch of plywood for cabinets. I have a nice piece of 3/4 inch plywood right now just clamped to my fence (table saw is Steel City 35990G).

I was reading an article recently that said your auxiliary fence should not extend past the trailing edge of the blade for safety. Article said it helps prevent binding/kick-back.

I’ve only ever seen auxiliary fences the entire length of the fence. What are your thoughts on this?


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#1 posted 04-19-2012 12:06 AM

I cutting ply it usually isn’t a problem. In cutting solid woods
having the fence only extend to the back of the blade
gives the wood somewhere to go if it wants to move due
to internal tension released in the cut.

European saws either have a fence that can be retracted
to this position (or used as a cut-off stop) or a short fence.

It is indeed safer but if you cut a lot of sheet goods
you may find it easier for you to feed the work with
the fence extended farther aft of the blade.

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