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Topic tags/keywords: talbe saw fence rip fence table saw question

I bought an old 9” Delta table saw for cheap, but it is missing the guide rails for the rip fence. I can buy a them on ebay for abotu $30-$40 after shipping, but that’s more than I paid for the saw, and to be honest the rip fence itself looks kinda cheesy anyway, lots of cast zinc, stamped steel, and too many pieces for anything to end up square. Looking to upgrade from my current straight board and couple of ‘C’ clamps.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 602 days ago

If you want it to be square, cheap probably isn’t going to work. Maybe a machine shop could make something for you that you could rely on.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 602 days ago

I agree with Monte – don’t buy cheep.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#3 posted 602 days ago

A straight edge or board and 2 clamps. Takes a while to set up, real cheap.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#4 posted 602 days ago

40.00 is tough to beat, good luck

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#6 posted 601 days ago

The American Woodworker idea is essentially what I was going to say – just make a big T square sort of thing and clamp it on.

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#7 posted 601 days ago

Get a cheap fence and you will regret it, unless the saw is just being used for rough carpentry or similar.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 601 days ago

If it had a proper fence it might not have been “cheap”. Spend the money and put a decent fence on it.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#9 posted 601 days ago

There is a BIG difference between “cheap” and “inexpensive”.
Make your own if ya wanna go cheap, inaccurate, frustrating, and dangerous.
Ever had a kick back?
That was my “blast” for Tuesday.


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#10 posted 601 days ago

That American woodworker thing looks perfect, thanks. The table did come with two cast iron extensions that are not square to the table, but shouldn’t be a problem unless I’m ripping something wide.

-- Ted

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#11 posted 601 days ago

If I had the money I’d put a proper fence on it, but I don’t. Bill I don’t believe the homemade option is necessarily inaccurate frustrating or dangerous if done with a bit of knowledge and common sense. Kickbacks can and do happen even on the most expensive of saws. The trick there is not to stand behind the work. No safety device will compensate for an ignorant user.

-- Ted

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