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Forum topic by Doug posted 01-18-2019 02:16 AM 533 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Doug

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01-18-2019 02:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: r4512 board buddies t-track fence table saw jig tip trick hold down

Hey,

After hearing rave reviews from friends about board buddies, I bought a set (yellow). Went into the shop, opened the box and was a bit disappointed. I had assumed (I know not enough research, blah, blah, blah…) and found that it does not mount to a track on a fence without some help in jig parts I do not have. I am not hot on using it mounted to a sacrificial fence when one is not needed normally.

So, fellow sawdust manufacturers: Have any of you gotten jig parts and attached to the table saw fence? I have a Rigid R4512 that works great for me and ideally, I would just like to slide them in the track on the top of the fence, lock down and go to work.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Doug

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Madmark2

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 03:30 AM

Let me know if you figure out how to use a push shoe (or even a push stick) to go past the board buddies.
M

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 11:46 AM

I have used the board buddies and they are great for some things. I mounted mine to a board which I could easily and quickly attach to the fence.

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 02:28 PM

well, fans be fans, haters be haters. they are not made for thin stock, so you would not need to be pushing so close to the fence. if you want something to help with thin stock, check out the rockler then rip jig. genius.

right tool for the right job.


Let me know if you figure out how to use a push shoe (or even a push stick) to go past the board buddies.
M

- Madmark2


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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#4 posted 01-18-2019 02:30 PM

Red,

So, basically the same thing as a sacrificial fence mounted on the opposite side? Can you share a pic? Would greatly appreciate that.

Thank you,

Doug


I have used the board buddies and they are great for some things. I mounted mine to a board which I could easily and quickly attach to the fence.

- Redoak49


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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DBDesigns

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#5 posted 01-18-2019 02:43 PM

I bought a cheap aluminum track that takes 1/4-20 bolts nicely. You can mount it on top of your fence with countersunk machine screws. You could also machine a piece of stable wood and use it instead of the aluminum track.

I don’t use them for the table saw. they are for my router table and shaper. I have a set of Grrippers from Rockler that I use with my table saw. They aren’t cheap but they increase finger safety and what is that worth?

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#6 posted 01-19-2019 05:54 AM

I’ve used them both ways, with and without a board to mount them on.

I have a Unifence, so they would not mount without the board. Then, thanks to a fellow LJ, I found a fence that loves accessories.

As to the Unifence, I didn’t like the idea of pushing the fence out 3/4”, so I shaped a board to fit the back side of the fence and installed them in it. Worked great.

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Mike_D_S

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#7 posted 01-20-2019 01:33 AM

I like the board buddies for ripping, especially for pieces that are 3 or 4 inches wide. While I’d like to say that I always use a push stick, I am guilty of just using my hand to guide pieces like that. When the board buddies are mounted them basically keep me from using my hand and make me use a push stick.

@Madmark2, you’re right, they do get in the way of a normal push stick, but I made up a longer low profile one that I can push all the way through and it works fine. Just basically cut a 16” piece of ply into an L shape with the long part about 1” wide and then cut a notch on the end to catch the board end.

To mount them, I drilled and tapped a couple of 1/4-20 holes in the top of the fence body and mounted a piece of ply which the board buddies are mounted to. I can remove the whole thing in about a minute by undoing the bolts or just take the buddies off and leave the mounts behind.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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