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Forum topic by savan posted 07-17-2013 07:27 PM 2348 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2013 07:27 PM

I wanted the delta t2 ts fence bad but couldn’t find a good deal on one so I’m going the diy route.

I ordered the parts from 8020 garage from ebay for $89 out the door. $20 of that was shipping.

What did I order? Well I’m going to replace the fence on my CMAN 113 series saw (which wont even tighten up as of two days ago).

I ordered
Fence and front rail
36”x1.5×1.5” for the front rail ($12)
36”x3×3 for the fence body ($29)

Bearing housing ($9)
Bearing pads($2.5×6)
screws ($2.40)

I’m going to have to buy a tslot handle for the clamp and some misc hardware to fasten the rail to the fence body, I’m sure end up under $100.

I’m not worried about any “left of blade” cutting so i opted for a shorter rail.

On my order comments I asked for a call from 8020 because I had some questions about hardware. About 5 minutes after I hit submit I got a call from a guy named Eric who was very helpful.

I can’t wait to see how this experiment goes!

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 07:35 PM

With a single rail, you really need a T-square connection between the fence and the rail, not just the bearing. You need something to hold the fence square to the rail. It needs an adjustment mechanism to adjust squareness.

You also need something for the back of the fence to ride on. You might be able to use the existing rear rail, but you need some kind of bearing back there to hold up the fence off the table and ride smoothly.

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 07:44 PM

I know where you’re coming from about the t square connection. It’s true, I may end up ordering another rail for the back and another bearing setup for the back too.

I’m looking forward to seeing how close I get with the minimal kit.

The linear bearing that I ordered should allow for the squareness adjustability you’re referring to.

You’re also right about the rear rail. I don’t use an accessories right now that would cause lift on the back of the fence so I’m going to attach something to the bottom of the fence at the back so it can ride along the existing rear angle iron rail.

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 07:47 PM

If you haven’t seen it, this thread is about 8020 style homemade fence by Hutch. Check it out.

Incidentally, this thread is also what led to me to Lumberjocks oh so many moons ago!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 07:51 PM

EEngineer, I’ve referred to that thread several times in the past few days :)

I ordered the same 1.5 & 3” extrusions for my fence but shorter for my CMAN. Also, I’m going to see how it locks down with just the front rail…

I order the bearing housing and pads separately (~$20) because ordering them “assembled” meaning the pads screwed onto the housing cost twice as much.

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 08:46 PM

The Mulecab Accusquare fence is pretty similar to what you’re building. Good luck.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 08:52 PM

knotscott, indeed! thanks for the reference-

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