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Forum topic by mpdive posted 229 days ago 431 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mpdive

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229 days ago

Is there any advantage to installing a permanent auxillary fence onto the existing fence? I have the R4511 Granite saw from rigid. I thought I saw someone do that just for ease of workability with materials. I don’t recall if it was a phenolic or melamine, etc. Is one better than the other? Just curious….....


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 229 days ago

Not for me. I use Rockler’s clamps for an auxillary fence, which is just a strip of mdf.
I think having the cut out of your fence might cause hangups when ripping stock.

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#2 posted 228 days ago

It is rare that any saw operation would be necessary where the blade could contact the fence. The only one that comes to mind is performing a rabbet cut using a dado blade. In this case, I would attach scrap wood to the fence with clamps.

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mpdive

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#3 posted 228 days ago

Thanks for the replies. I guess my question was based on more of a permanent attachment to take out any imperfection in the rip fence. I have heard others say that by adding melamine or a polycarbonate face to the rip fence, you can get rid of any imperfections in it. Did that make sense? lol

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 228 days ago

Not rare at all. If you’d like I’ll take picture Monday when I go back to work of the 4 fences with saw marks in them.

I keep an auxiliary fence on my uni fence at home at all times. It’s cheap insurance especially now that they quit making the uni fence.

I can think on reason an auxiliary fence would be harmful to have installed.

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mpdive

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#5 posted 228 days ago

Is one material more uniform than the other such as poly, mdf, melamine, etc..? What is your suggestion?
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#6 posted 228 days ago

I like melamine or MDF . These material are pretty consistent thickness throughout.

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mpdive

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#7 posted 228 days ago

OK. In your opinion, do you think an inconsistency of ten thousandths of an inch is ok for a rip fence? I have double checked all alignments and setups on the saw and they are good, however when running a true side against the fence, near the end of the push it starts to develop a small gap between the stock and the fence. I am attributing it to the fence itself.

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toolie

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#8 posted 227 days ago

i attached a permanent auxiliary fence to a unisaw fence i once had and wish i’d done it to a t2 i have on a c-man 113. accidently let the spinning blade tap the fence face. just a couple of blade marks but it just looks lousy. attaching a permenent auxiliary fence would preclude that from happening.

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