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juniorjock

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2125 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: fence jigs table saw

I came upon this yesterday while doing a little surfing and I wanted to see what you LJs thought.

http://www.americanwoodworker.com/aspx/contentdetail.aspx?ContentId=1103&PageNo=1

It looks like it could be very useful. But, what do you all think about drilling holes in your fence?

-JJ


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lew

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#1 posted 2125 days ago

Looks like a neat idea, I guess it would depend on the type of fence. I am not sure how well the tracks could be anchored, if they were fastened with sheet metal screws instead of bolts and nuts.

I just wish the T tracks weren’t so darned expensive

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 2125 days ago

In the picture there are no holes drilled in the fence. The “T” track is mounted to a board that is held in place by the top “T” tracks. I guess on some fences you would have to drill holes, but if you do it in the top of the fence it wouldn’t be too bad. IMHO.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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juniorjock

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#3 posted 2125 days ago

I’m not sure I’m seeing the same thing you are MrWoody, but it is possible I guess. I was going by the description where it says “two T-tracks screwed to the fence”.

I hear you Lew…. talking about how expensive those T-tracks are. I kind agree with you when you say you’re not sure how well they’d stay with just screws.

-JJ

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#4 posted 2125 days ago

I like the idea but I find myself using the fence as a holder for junk like 6” ruler, pencil, push sticks, the remote control for the vacuum system and other odds and ends. I am guessing it is not the best place to put things but it works for me.

But I do like the idea of the t-track

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juniorjock

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#5 posted 2125 days ago

I do the same thing snowdog, but if this was just for a feather board, it wouldn’t take up that much space on top of the fence.
-JJ

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MrWoody

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#6 posted 2125 days ago

Look closely at the pic. 3/4” ply with 2 knobs on top, they are in the track. The 2 pieces of track are screwed to the top of the fence. Another track is screwed to the edge of the ply. That is where your feather board is attached. I personally would not have a problem with drilling holes in the top. Fortunately my fence has “T” tracks already molded in the face, back, and 2 in the top.

As a word of caution; I would stop storing things on top of the fence. Even IF you left your blade guard on ALL the time, which I honestly doubt. That; for me is a very scary thought.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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fredf

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#7 posted 2124 days ago

This would look like a good possibility, you would have to drill mounting holes and use flat heads to mount it tho. another possible candidate Instead of sheet metal screws, drill and tap the top of the fence

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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juniorjock

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#8 posted 2124 days ago

So….. is the track screwed to the fence or not? You kinda said both MrWoody.
-JJ

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Damian Penney

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#9 posted 2124 days ago

The track is screwed to the fence, and I wouldn’t have a problem with it. You could try attaching the ply to the top with a bunch of rare earth magnets too.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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juniorjock

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#10 posted 2124 days ago

Thanks Damian. That’s what I thought. Especially since it was stated in the description. My fence is not very tall and that makes it hard to clamp a feather board to it. This would solve that problem. Think I’ll try it and see.
-JJ

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juniorjock

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#11 posted 2123 days ago

Good point Barry. There have been times I’ve used a feather board on the fence. But not many. I guess just because it’s too much trouble. When I started this thread, I said it looked like it could be useful but questioned drilling in the fence. Actually, I’ve been using a Grr-Ripper every chance I get. It’s taken me a while to get used to running my hand directly over the blade, but it has also made me check things out a lot better before I saw a piece. The Grr-Ripper is similar to what you’re doing except the blade doesn’t contact anything and you still have pressure on the piece you’re cutting and the cut off piece.
-JJ

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#12 posted 2123 days ago

Whats all the worry with holding them with screws you could pop rivett them or hot melt glue them or use other glue or small bolts ,self tapping screws etc etc .Looks like an old idea this is not new I have seen it before .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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