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buddx

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141 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tool help tablesaw fence biesemeyer hdpe tip question resource

I have a Biesemeyer fence and it has been very good to me for about five years now until I dropped it yesterday. The plywood split out and left a bubble in the side of the fence which i tried to fix with glue and a couple clamps put it is still not very true. Are there any companies out there that make a fence that would just sit right on the Biesemeyer rails I already have on my table saw? I would really like to try a fence with HDPE sides but it would appear that Biesemeyer doesn’t make a model like that. Before I drop a couple hundred on a replacement fence I thought I would check with you fine folks and see what you know. Thanks a lot!


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Loren

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#1 posted 141 days ago

Probably, but I think it is likely you can refurbish your fence
and use HDPE if you want to.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/editors-blog/biesmeyer-table-saw-fence-removal-and-refacing

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 141 days ago

+1 to rehab. Another possibility (I don’t know for sure if this will work, but worth investigating) is to buy the HDPE faces for the Shop Fox Classic fence. I think they’re the same size, but not sure.

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rkober

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#3 posted 141 days ago

+1 to rehab but here’s an alternative to check out:

http://vsctools.com/product-details/table-saw-fence/

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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John Stegall

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#4 posted 141 days ago

Another +1 on the Popular Woodworking rebuild. Lots cheaper than 200$

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buddx

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#5 posted 141 days ago

Thanks for the info guys! I think you might be drastically overestimating my level of handiness but what I lack in ability I’ll make up in try. Any ideas on where to buy some HDPE? Have any of you used it with a saw fence? Is it even worth it? I have always thought it would work better but have never even touched a fence made of it let alone used one. Thanks again guys!

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 141 days ago

Again, don’t know for sure it is the right size, but check out http://cdn0.grizzly.com/partslists/w2005_pl.pdf for the parts for the Shop Fox fence faces. might work perfectly for you, might not. You might have to drill some new holes if the dimensions are right.

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buddx

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#7 posted 141 days ago

Sorry Charles… I kinda skipped right by your first post there. Heh heh… My bad. Thanks!

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 141 days ago

No problem . . . those replacement parts may be expensive as well, but if they fit, it would be a lot easier.

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#9 posted 141 days ago

http://vsctools.com

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#10 posted 141 days ago

The link Greg has posted of the Really Super Cool Tools, is a really good spource, I have their fence, and Its super .. Just my .02…

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CharlesA

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#11 posted 141 days ago

Just to clarify, what you’re saying is that the only thing damaged were the wooden (or melamine) faces on the square tubing fence, right? Everything else is okay?

The HDPE (or the like) fence faces from Shop Fox are approximately $19. I wrote customer service because I was curious.

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 141 days ago

+1 more for rehabbing the fence aces.
I’d use formica laminated baltic birch as the original faces are, but counterbore where the bolts are so you can easily replace the faces again later on if needed. Also, no need for the black molding on the edges. A simple 1/8” roundover will do just fine. :-)

The problem with hdpe is that it’s not always completely flat; there could be valleys or bumps in the surface.
My table saw I have arriving has hdpe faces; if they’re not flat enough for me I’ll be doing what I mentioned above.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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dogmir

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#13 posted 141 days ago

If it were me I would just replace the plywood pieces. Not to mention it gives you an opportunity to upgrade and add a t track to the plywood panel.

If I had to do it I would just pull the laminate off and remove the old piece of baltic birch and use it as a template to make a new one. Reattach the screws and reface with new laminate. I most likely wouldn’t bother with the t molding. If this is not something you want to make your self just Google biesemeyer fence board kit.

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 141 days ago

Rehab is a breeze…

I had to strip mine down to metal and replace the plywood.

Here's my blog showing how I did it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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