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oldsawtooth

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11-29-2014 11:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question table saw milling

hi all! im new here and have enjoyed the info and projects each one has done, now I have a question about any ideas for a table saw fence, the top is 16×26 its small, and I bought it at a flea market, ive been using a 2×4 with clamps, maybe some one will have an idea or I might come up with one thanks and happy wood cutting, buzzzzzzz!

-- James,Alabama,http://www.woodworkerJames.com


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#1 posted 11-29-2014 11:15 PM

YouTube is your best bet.

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#2 posted 11-29-2014 11:21 PM

ok thaks bro!

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 11:30 PM

Hi James. It depends on if you are going to make the fence or buy one. I would say it would be best to mount angles or rails on the front and back of the saw and have the fence ride on them. You may have to check it for dimension with the blade before each cut, but on a lot of fences that don’t automatically square up like a Bessmier (sp?), you have to do that same thing. The important thing is that it holds fast and does not slip loose during the cut.

Cheers, Jim

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#4 posted 11-30-2014 01:45 AM

Whatever you do, don’t make it one of those fences that grips at both ends. All those I have ever seen are a PITA. No matter how hard you cinch down the mechanism for the far end, it will slip. And it will be a pain to get it parallel with the blade, too. Examples include the older Delta/Rockwell and Craftsman. The Deltas used pipe rails at both ends. If you wanted to shift from ripping to crosscutting, you had to slide the fence all the way to the end to remove it. And they didn’t slide easily.

I have made my own fences, using box-section aluminum extrusion (rect. tube) and angle iron cross pieces to make a T square. The rail can be angle iron or square tube, mounted with angle iron to the table. You would need to make or buy a cam clamp, but a screw knob will work too, just slower to use. Of course you can buy T square fences that are very good. If it’s done right, smacking the far end with your fist won’t move it at all.

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#5 posted 11-30-2014 03:57 AM

X2 what scissors said.

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#6 posted 11-30-2014 04:33 AM

This guy does more than just the fence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_O9AeQQHc

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#7 posted 11-30-2014 04:34 AM

There’s a nice wood copy of a Biesemier fence
in FWW I think, many years ago. Also there are
metal ones but I liked the look of the wood one.

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