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Forum topic by noweyrey1 posted 01-31-2013 12:16 PM 507 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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noweyrey1

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01-31-2013 12:16 PM

what size is the guide tube on a biesmeyer fence? 2×3 or 2×2.5”? I cant find the specs online. thanks


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#1 posted 01-31-2013 01:27 PM

buy one locally, measure it and return it.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 02:32 PM

Mine is 2×3; there is, or used to be different grades of the Biesmeyer fences and I don’t know if the tubes were the same size on the lower grade models.

Mark

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 04:16 PM

Why go to the hassle of buying / returning? Just take a ruler or tape to the store and measure it there. Don’t forget to measure the wall thickness. You don’t want to crush the tube when clamping the fence in place.

Thicker wall tube is more expensive but won’t crush under clamping pressure. Outside dimensions are the same.

Maybe just to be on the “safe” side take your fences with you to be sure they fit.

Do you want to sell the fence you don’t use? PM me.

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toolie

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 06:55 PM

Why go to the hassle of buying / returning?

DUH!!! sometimes, the blatantly obvious just escapes me.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 10:55 PM

This series of videos shows you how to make your own fence rails, and gives you the sizes needed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1kEZ9Pforo

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 11:45 PM

Just finished making some rails… The commercial line is 2×3 the more entry level one is 2×2. Entry level is the wrong word… The factory angle iron was a little small I think it was 2×2 so on ours we used 2.5×2.5 and it worked very nicely.

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noweyrey1

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 05:23 AM

Thanks for the video link. I may end up having to do this because the fences I have dont seem to fit standard size rails. Appreciate the feedback.

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 04:37 PM

What I think I would try at this pint would be to cut a slightly larger than “rail size block” on the table saw, then keep trimming until the width fits the fence. The height isn’t really that important as long as it’s over 2”.
Once you have a block size that works, measure it and then you know what you need.

Standard steel sizes available here are 1.5 1.75 2.0 2.5 in square and rectangular.

If one of these sizes don’t work for you, it may be metric. I’ve never seen metric tube available, but I’ve never looked either.

Call a local steel supplier. Most are willing to help if you know what you need.

If the rail IS metric, you could glue, tape, or weld a strip of sheet to bring it to the required dimension.

It may be easier (and cost effective) to buy the rail from whomever made the fence.

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