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Forum topic by Medickep posted 02-20-2015 08:49 PM 817 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2015 08:49 PM

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I’m starting to get a little tired of the fact I can only move my TS fence approx. 37” away from the right side of blade, due to the fact the left side of my TS is up against a wall. I do not have the luxury of having my saw in the center of a worksop, surrounded by tables!!

Noticing I almost never use the fence that covers the left side of the blade, I was wondering if it would be kosher to slid the fence to the right more as I plan on redoing my router inlet and this would allow me to do bigger crosscuts.

I’m not sure how much of the wing support is dependent on the fence. I thought I could at the very least slide it to the right “one bolt worth.”

What do you guys think?

Thanks,

-- Keith


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#1 posted 02-20-2015 09:18 PM

If you are ripping something larger then 74” wide you probably should not be using your table saw. If you are crosscutting something, you should not be using the fence 37” away from the blade for safety reasons. Instead you need to remove the fence and use a crosscut sled. If ripping something wider then 37” but not as wide as 74” then use your mobile base built into your saw and move it away from the wall for the cut, flip it over and make the cut.

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 09:49 PM

Minohero-

Thanks for the tips, but I think ripping something
Larger than 37” wide up to 48” would be fine. Most cabinet saws can handle these types of cuts.

-- Keith

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 10:35 PM

I thought I could at the very least slide it to the right “one bolt worth.”

doesn’t the 3650 have fence rails that mount to the saw like the old ridgids? that is the rails ride on the heads of bolts that are fixed to the table and wings. it should be possible to just loosen the bolts securing the rails to the table and wings and slide them to the right as much as possible. the front rail tape would be useless unless repositioned, but that would be a small price to pay for ~ 12+” more of right side rip capacity from 36” to 48”.

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 10:56 PM



doesn t the 3650 have fence rails that mount to the saw like the old ridgids? that is the rails ride on the heads of bolts that are fixed to the table and wings. it should be possible to just loosen the bolts securing the rails to the table and wings and slide them to the right as much as possible.

I am not at a place where I can look at mine, but I think that is how the fence is attached.

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 11:24 PM

Toolie-

That is exactly how they mount, but I didn’t know if it would cause too much stress on the aluminum fence. Assuming it causes stress when they’re not supported by the cast iron.

As far as the measuring tape goes, I do not use it because of some alumin I added for an outgrew table. I never got around to getting a new measuring tape.

-- Keith

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 11:28 PM

Yep, the TS2424 & the TS3612 were the same saw but the 2424 had 24” on each side and the TS3612 had 12” to the left & 36” to the right. Mounts exactly as described by toolie, & I agree you could easily slide over a bit

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 11:31 PM

I had a craftsman. Put the left extension table on the right and slid the fence over. Went from 24” to 36” of rip capacity pretty quick. Don’t know if this is what you’re speaking of.

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#8 posted 02-21-2015 12:59 AM

The fridge-

I have an 18” router insert currently that pretty much fit in the “stock” opening. I was considering moving the rails 12” or so more to the right which would allow bigger rips. But the left wing would have no rail attached to it, so I don’t know if it’s needed for support.

I could move it a smaller amount the left wing has some rail if needed??

Thanks,

-- Keith

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#9 posted 02-21-2015 05:05 PM

Having the fence rails slid right will have no effect on the left side extension wing. That wing is secured by the bolts that attach the wing to the CI table. If properly attached to the CI table, the wing will not sag.

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#10 posted 02-21-2015 06:33 PM

Thanks Toolie-

This was the definitive answer I was looking for before I messed around with the flagship of my garage!!

Thank you!!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 02-22-2015 02:04 AM

But i wouldn’t use that wing like an anvil.

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#12 posted 02-22-2015 03:09 AM

Well….I’ll just have to find something else to use when forging my Samurai swords!

-- Keith

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#13 posted 03-02-2015 11:30 PM

Well, I got the mode done. I ended up moving the rails as much as the back one could handle, while maintaining the same amount of bolts attached to the aluminum rails. For some reason, there were not as many extra spots for bolts as there was on the bigger front rail.

In all, I probably gain around 10” or so in rip capacity as I redid my router insert and plan on mounting the router fence to the T track. This way it can be removed easily and also keeps the TS fence free to be on the right or left side of the blade.

I can now rip up to 44.5”, which seems nice to me.

Thanks to everyone who help me sort this out!

-- Keith

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#14 posted 03-03-2015 12:02 AM

It looks great…lots of rip capacity! Is it tippy at all when you push down on the router table? Any flexing of the rails?

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#15 posted 03-03-2015 12:17 AM

It doesn’t appear tipping at all. The TS pretty heavy, but I want be doing dips on the end of it!

-- Keith

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