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Forum topic by woodworkingbuff posted 06-20-2013 04:50 AM 878 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodworkingbuff

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06-20-2013 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: vega fence rear rail question

Vega table saw fence.
Do i need the rear rail for the fence?
I am building a table saw cabinet for my 100 craftsman table saw.
I have a router table at the right end of the saw that is 32 inches wide.
The router table interferes with the rear rail.
I’m thinking of add 4 ball plungers under the fence to help it slide easy on the table. And not use the rear rail.


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#1 posted 06-20-2013 04:54 AM

There is a bolt with a nylon foot that is attached to the bottom of the fence and glides along on the rear rail. I had to drill a different mounting hole for mine because my table was on 20 inches deep instead of the normal 27.

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 10:03 AM

IIRC, the Vega fences (or at least some models) use a nylon foot mentioned by Milke for support on the rear rail, as well as a passive hook that prevents lifting of the back of the fence. That hook is not integral for proper lock down of the fence tube, so if you were to relocate the support foot under the fence tube so it slides on the table, you could remove the hook, and thus the rear rail.

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 02:06 PM

relocate the support foot under the fence tube so it slides on the table, you could remove the hook, and thus the rear rail.

wouldn’t placing the foot under the fence cause the fence to sit high at the rear of the table relative to the front of the table? perhaps replacing the foot with a UHMW thin pad (1/16” – 1/8”) might facilitate easy sliding on the table, removal of the rear foot and eliminate the need for the rear rail. just my $.02.

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woodworkingbuff

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 03:50 PM

I was thinking of removing the rubber foot or pad and adding 4 ball plungers. where it slides on the table.

Is there a problem with the fence lifting at the back?

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 04:42 PM

I removed the passive hook from my fence. It makes it a lot easier to position the fence on either side of the blade. The only time the fence has a tendency to lift is I really apply a lot of pressure to the locking lever. I am learning to just put one hand on the fence and on on the lever to over come that problem.

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 04:45 PM

You’d definitely have to use thinner material to get the level right, but that’s essentially how the Biese and many of it’s clones work.

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#7 posted 06-20-2013 05:32 PM

I looked at pics of my old saw. I think that fence is made in a “H” pattern so it would take a bolt or stud or something to hold whatever will be used to support the back end of the fence.

Hope this helps.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 12:13 AM

I removed my rear rail, on my Vega Utility 40”. The rear of the fence can/will lift, but I do the same as lew (left hand on the fence, while pushing down the locking arm with my right hand).

I need to add a strip of UHMW, wide enough to span the miter slot, to aide in sliding the fence from side to side.

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woodworkingbuff

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 02:34 AM

what is UHMW?

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 02:43 AM

what is UHMW?

Quick answer: Slippery plastic.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 06-21-2013 09:10 AM

Ultra high molecular weight plastic….UHMW….aka “Slippery plastic” ;-)

(HDPE = high density poly ethylene) ....another fancy plastic.

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