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WoodNSawdust

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05-06-2015 07:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fine wood working l-fence l fence table saw fence

In the Fine Woodworking 2014 Tools edition Bob Van Dyke wrote about an L Fence that he attaches to his table saw fence. Then he will attach a straight edge to the wood and slide the straight edge along the L Fence. Here is a picture from that issue (ignore the red box at the bottom of the picture that is my screen capture software):

What do you think?
How popular is this?
I could see the advantage in some instances.

Thanks in Advance

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith


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#1 posted 05-06-2015 07:28 PM

I can’t recall ever seeing anything exactly like that before. Maybe I’m confused, but I’m not sure what he’s trying to accomplish that a TS sled or a pattern router bit against a straight edge doesn’t do? Or better yet, why not use a jointer and put the reference edge directly against the saw fence?

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 08:17 PM

Curiosity got me and I had to google this…Here’s a video of him using it. It is a pretty neat concept but a but out of the box.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/video/versatile-tablesaw-l-fence.aspx

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 08:49 PM

@hotbyte: that is a great video!

The other thing you can do is to use it to straighten out a edge or even change an edge to match grain direction.

How save is this type of fence?

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#4 posted 05-06-2015 09:03 PM

I use mine for those cuts where you step back and think,, how on earth am I going to do this cut? – The “L Fence” comes to mind and then it all comes together!

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#5 posted 05-06-2015 10:58 PM

I saw a Rough Cuts episode where TommyMac used one to make the tapers on pencil posts for a bed. It was pretty slick. I’ve thought about trying it but haven’t yet.

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#6 posted 05-07-2015 12:23 AM

That is pretty clever! Thanks for posting the link to the video hotbyte. I’ll be making one of these.

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#7 posted 05-07-2015 01:25 AM

Why not just attach the straight edge to your piece, but let it hang over the appropriate amount and then put the straight edge against the regular fence and run it thru. Then detach the straight edge and run it thru again to dimension your piece. Is there something I am missing.

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#8 posted 05-07-2015 01:43 AM

Well I guess I did one accidently 4 years ago but I only made mine 16” long.

I thought about making it the full length of my fence but then I thought WHY. So I made it smaller and it works great.

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#9 posted 05-07-2015 02:17 AM

I agree, for those tricky angled cuts, the L Fence shines.

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#10 posted 05-07-2015 02:50 AM

Bill, That’s how I have always done it BUT i liked the way he used that template to duplicate angled cuts. You would have to move/reattach your straight edge 4 times without the L fence. And it would have required more than one wide straight edge.

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#11 posted 05-07-2015 03:17 AM

I had one of the hinged aluminum taper jigs back in the day. When I first saw the “L” fence in the video a couple months back I thought it seemed so much safer especially considering both hands are on the work piece, not one on the work piece cast off and one on the taper jig with a hand on either side of the blade. Add to that the blade is mostly buried underneath the jig and I was sold.

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#12 posted 05-07-2015 03:35 AM

That’s a good point Andy.

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#13 posted 05-07-2015 03:55 AM

My Delta Unifence can do this if the workpiece is not too tall. Matter of fact I did this to flush cut the bottom of a box yesterday. I built the box then glued an oversize piece of 1/8 ply to the bottom, once dry, I rotated my fence and flush cut. I’ve heard it called pattern cutting since you can attach any straight pattern to the top of the workpiece and cut to size.

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#14 posted 05-07-2015 08:27 AM

You would think Bob invented this. It can be found in old wood working books and is called a pattern cutting fence. Been using this for 40 years. Bob barely touches on the use of this fence. Great for trimming edge banding on plywood panels. Faster than any other method you can find.

Why do you ask what others think of this fence?

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#15 posted 05-07-2015 11:34 AM



Why do you ask what others think of this fence?

- rick1955

I read the original article many moons ago and was intrigued by it. But I never heard of seemed it before and was concerned about safety.

The article talks about how to do miters on right tilt saws. Unfortunately, I have one of these. I am planning a project that requires miters. So I wanted to see what the accumulated wisdom of the group thought prior to either making one or using it.

No one has raised any safety issues so I plan to make one.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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