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Forum topic by Charlie posted 03-31-2013 03:42 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie

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03-31-2013 03:42 PM

I’ve been watching Craigslist for some 2 inch square tube to fabricate a one-piece front rail for my TS fence. Today I see a few pieces up, but they’re 14 gauge. Is that too thin to use as a front rail? (it’s just under 5/64 wall thickness).

I was thinking I’d need at least 1/8 inch if I’m going to drill and tap it for the mounting bolts.

Anyone ever used aluminum square tube? I would guess that’d need to be a bit thicker wall, but…. figured I’d ask. :)


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#1 posted 04-01-2013 12:28 AM

Would you like me to measure my Delta T2 tube next time I’m in my shop?

-- Joe

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 11:03 AM

yes please. :)

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 11:44 AM

I used aluminum.. Mine is only 3/16th thick..

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 10:48 AM

Charlie – a bit of Old Timer’s Syndrome, I forgot to measure my T2 tube’s wall thickness.

It is 0.090 including the paint (appears to be powder coated, and is quite thick.)

-- Joe

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 10:54 AM

Thanks, Joe
:)

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#6 posted 04-06-2013 01:57 PM

Charlie,
1/8 X 2X2 steel will make a good fence. Should be able to find it at any metal supply. Check with a local welder on where to buy in your area. There is a five part video on youtube on making a table saw fence.
Google: How to make a table saw fence.

-- Jim from Doniphan

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 02:38 PM

Jim…. fence RAIL… not the fence itself :)
The stock fence on the Steel City isn’t a great fence, but it’s an ok fence. It locks into position and doesn’t deflect. However the front fence rail is a split rail system and I’ve never been able to get it to line up exactly. It’s very close. But when I get the fence to where it’s straddling the split, I notice the difference. And usually if I’m working on smaller pieces, a small error is magnified because it is a larger percentage of a given dimension.

Either that or I’m just anal. :)

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#8 posted 04-06-2013 06:44 PM

Sorry about that. I should have said 1/8X2X2 would make a good tube. I guess I don’t understand what you’re trying to do. Most rails are 1/4” 2X2 angle with the tube mounted on it. The youtube video also shows how to make rails.

-- Jim from Doniphan

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 07:49 PM

The thickness of the rail on my Biesemeyer fence measures .081”.

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#10 posted 04-06-2013 08:35 PM

Jim, no apology please. I probably wasn’t clear.

The angle that’s bolted to the front of the table saw is one piece. The 2×2 fence rail that bolts to the angle is 2 pieces. I want to replace that 2-piece front rail with a 1-piece rail. So I need another piece of 2×2 stock and my question here is simply, what wall thickness should that 2×2 rail tube be.

:)

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