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Forum topic by Ted78 posted 12-04-2012 10:36 AM 3465 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2012 10:36 AM

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 12-04-2012 12:11 PM

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.

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 12:37 PM

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 12-04-2012 12:51 PM

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

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 01:05 PM

40.00 is tough to beat, good luck

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 02:30 PM

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 12-04-2012 08:02 PM

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 12-04-2012 08:16 PM

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 12-04-2012 08:32 PM

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 12-04-2012 09:03 PM

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 12-04-2012 10:34 PM

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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