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Forum topic by Charlie posted 04-21-2013 02:51 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2013 02:51 PM

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OK so I acquired some 2×2 steel tube to make a new 1-piece front fence rail for my Steel City 35990G

I have to drill and tap it to mount it, but that raises a question…

How many bolts do you have holding your front rail on? Not the angle that get bolted to the saw. The bolts (or machine screws) that go up from the bottom to secure the rail itself to the angle iron.

Right now I have 10 bolts in there, but it’s a 2 piece rail. Should I really plan to drill and tap 10 holes? Or would less be ok?

My plan is to get a one piece front fence rail because I have struggled with alignment of the 2-piece rail for long enough. I’m also going to shift the new rail to the right. I don’t use the fence on the left of the blade. But I did notice that 30 inches to the right was too small a few times when I was building kitchen cabinets. Not sure how many more cabinets I’ll be building, but it seems like if I’m going to change the rail, shifting it to the right makes sense for the way I use the saw. I’ll also have to get a new piece of angle iron for the rear, but I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

Sorry… rambling again. Bolts in the front rail…


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#1 posted 04-21-2013 03:34 PM

3 would probably be sufficient. It’s the sort of thing where you
could go back later and put more in easily anyway.

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 04:03 PM

I have 4 bolts on my table saw 7 or 8” apart.I tapped the holes but you really don’t need to do that as long as you secure every one with a spring washer and a nut.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 04:28 PM

how the heck would you reach inside of the square tube to hold a nut? I’d need a wrench about 2 and a half feet long to reach the middle! :)

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 04:34 PM

I would probably cut a slot for a wrench in the bottom of the rail.
You could drill a hole in the front for a socket, but it might
interfere with the fence locking.

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 11:35 PM

tap the holes three should be plenty. as someone has mentioned you can always add.
for the long wrench question lol I had some 1/4 20 nuts i had to install in a 12 foot 1 1/2 “dia tube two feet from the plugged end. hot melted the nut to the open end of a wrench and taped it to a 3/4” od pipe slid the wrench, nut and pipe down to the other end, lined up the nut with the hole and put in the bolt. once tightened I just pulled the wrench free. the items only had to go together once. The original plan was to thread the hole but the hole was drill to large and a second hole had to be avoided.

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