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Forum topic by Mainiac Matt posted 03-18-2013 05:43 PM 1457 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mainiac Matt

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03-18-2013 05:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: biesemeyer table saw fence

As part of my ongoing TS re-hab, I’ll be putting new facings on the Biesemeyer fence.

I’ll be making them myself and would use 1/2” birch plywood with a laminate surface if I wanted to be an exact match…. but my old TS (a later model 113 series Craftsman), has extruded slots in the side and top of the Aluminum fence, which have proven pretty handy for feather boards.

So I’m wondering if I should make the fence facings out of 3/4” ply and install a T-track in it?

Or maybe put a T-track on the top edge?

or maybe both?

I’m considering Board Buddies, but haven’t used them b4 and am not sure how they mount.

Any tips or pics of handy dandy Biesemeyer fence upgrades would be much appreciated.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!


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#1 posted 03-18-2013 05:47 PM

You could use one of these with your 1/2” material as well.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 05:49 PM

Or a verysupercooltools fence :0

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 07:07 PM

I’ve seen the politician fence designs, but since I’m replacing the facings anyways, it just seems like a good opportunity to build in a solution…..

Can someone please tell me how exactly Board Buddies attach?

Very Super Cool looks pretty cool…. but I have a working fence and am looking to re-hab/upgrade it rather than replace it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 07:20 PM

I think Board Buddies comes with a mounting bracket.

Here

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 08:34 PM

Here is how I would do it. You could add another one to the other side.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 08:35 PM

A guy named Vic over on Wood Talk posted this last summer…

I think I’d like to make a similar setup, but rather than have it be a slide on aux. fence, I think I’d rather permanently mount it all to the steel fence tube (I have to build new faces after all).

I’ve got some T-track set aside and a couple rips of 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood.

I also have to re-face/re-build the extension table, and have a Rockler router plate designated to go in to make a TS extension wing router table….. so I’d like to incorporate ways to use my renovated Biesemyer fence with the router table….

Any ideas are most welcome.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 08:49 PM

I have recently bought a Biesemeyer fence and the first thing came to my mind regarding a sacrificial facing for it was “fence clamps”,I see these clamps could come in handy to quickly attach an auxiliary fence for example to use with dado blades with out permanently attaching/screwing a t track of some sort to my new fence.
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/fence_clamp.html?zoom_highlight=fence+clamps

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17821&site=ROCKLER

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 02:02 PM

New Bearings arrived…..

After cleaning up the old ones, I started to second guess whether they really needed to be changed out or not…. but the new ones are MUCH smoother with zero slop, so replacement was the right call.

I hope to get down to our maintenance shop at work during lunch to use the hydraulic press to put the arbor assembly back together.

Guide tube now has two coats of white paint on it and looks pretty darn good.

pics to follow

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 07:01 PM

don’t know why my pics aren’t working …. but going to try again….

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 07:05 PM

I like it,well done,may try building that for my fence.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 08:19 PM

Oh…. it’s not mine…. sorry for not being clear…. it’s a design I pulled off of Wood Talk

I’m looking to do the same thing… but instead of a slide over aux. fence. I’ll put the T-channel into the permanent replacement fence I need to build.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 03-19-2013 08:22 PM

I just pressed the bearings into place and reassembled the arbor during break …... NO JOY

Something’s definitely not right :^(

Need to diagnose tonight when I have more time…. more time but no press

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 03-20-2013 02:14 AM

meant to put this in my blog

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#14 posted 03-20-2013 02:21 AM

moved to my blog

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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