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01-23-2015 12:46 PM

What is the white nylon type material that is used on table saw fences and where do I get it?

I’m not talking about melamine, although I guess that might be a good substitute.

This is the plastic type stuff.

Thanks,

Brandon


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#1 posted 01-23-2015 12:51 PM

It is UHMW (Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene). You can buy it at a plastic supplier. Should be easy to find although it is not the cheapest thing.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 12:53 PM

HDPE. It stands for high density poly something or other. There are loads of places online to get that stuff from. Just search “plastic suppliers” in google

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 12:53 PM

Or it could be UHMW ^ . I think they are pretty close to the same thing

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 12:56 PM

I’m also interested in recommendations for a rip fence upgrade. I have a Craftsman 113.298750 10” belt driven saw.

It has the original fence that uses the angle iron rail. Although functional, it leaves a lot to be desired.

I’m really not looking to spend more than $150. I know that limits my options, but I don’t want to put too much money into this saw, considering I might upgrade to a better saw in a few years.

$100 for the saw, $60 for the blade, $50 for pulleys and belt, $20 for PALS, and I’m already $230 in!

I want to keep this whole deal under $400.

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 12:57 PM

Thanks for the answer! Big help.

I’m sure there are a million things I can use that stuff for in the shop.

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 01:31 PM

Yep, that stuff looks to be pretty expensive. I was thinking of ordering a decent sized sheet of it to make a few things for the shop and to keep some on hand, but looks like I’ll just order what I need for now.

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 01:36 PM

I got a 4×48x3/4 sheet from peachtree woodworking for 30-35$?

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#8 posted 01-23-2015 01:39 PM

Thanks Fridge! I’ll look them up.

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 02:56 PM

For smaller, thinner pieces, pickup a white cutting board from Walmart, etc.

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 03:19 PM

The clamping system is theweak point on that fence. The only fix for it is to completely replace the fence. I have the same saw and replace the fence on it with the Delta T2. That made a completely new saw out of it. The fence is square to the blade now and stays that way.
There are several other replacement fences out there. Replace the fence and you won’t need to replace the saw. That is a good saw with a very poor fence.

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#11 posted 01-23-2015 03:27 PM

Thanks John! I have looked at the Delta T2 and it seems like a pretty good fence and is a little more affordable than some of the other high end ones.

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#12 posted 01-23-2015 03:30 PM

Texretvet, I just got the T3 for $189 on ebay. I know it is more than your $150 but if you can wait till you have the extra cash I would.

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#13 posted 01-23-2015 03:49 PM

I’ve bought it from Mcmaster Carr# but I can’t remember what I paid for it.

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#14 posted 01-23-2015 03:59 PM


The clamping system is theweak point on that fence. The only fix for it is to completely replace the fence. I have the same saw and replace the fence on it with the Delta T2. That made a completely new saw out of it. The fence is square to the blade now and stays that way.
There are several other replacement fences out there. Replace the fence and you won t need to replace the saw. That is a good saw with a very poor fence.

- johnstoneb

This is SO true. I suffered with the original fence for 20+ years although I went a long while not doing much woodworking. When I got back into it a few years back, the horror of that fence came rushing back at me. I was always having to measure at front & rear of blade and struggling to figure out best way to lock fence without it slipping out of alignment.

I replaced with the T2, added a table extension between rails and across back over motor. Saw works great for my needs now. It is a few $$$ but once you install it you will sit there for hours just locking, moving, locking, moving, and so on marveling at the improvement.

Can you tell I like my new fence? :)

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#15 posted 01-23-2015 04:19 PM

Just to clarify, in making your own sacrificial fence you should not need UHMWPE. HDPE would do fine. I’m a biomedical engineer and we use UHMWPE in artificial joints (hips, knees, shoulders, etc) because of the wear resistance. In a sacrificial fence, you are not looking for wear resistance because it isn’t constantly articulating against anything else, it should just be locked in place.

HDPE would do the trick and would be much cheaper. $30 for 24” x 48” x 1/4”. Obviously it would be cheaper if you could do with a thinner sheet.

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