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Blog entry by Archer72 posted 10-06-2017 01:49 AM 602 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So since I have a simple contractor saw, which works great minus the fence system, that I think was designed by my 3 year old. I have decided I dont like it mobile, since I dont go anywhere with it anyways. I have started to build a cabinet to hold the saw, and the base is built, but I dont really care for how the top connecting to the saw went together, mainly because I have a 3 inch gap between the infeed and the table. I am going to make a rip fence to replace the one the saw came with, and since I am making it will be able to make it the length I need for the in feed I have added and the table itself. I will also have to fabricate the rail for the fence to connect to and slide on, but a little searching and 10 dollars for a set of plans later I think I have what I need to get started, next is to go out and get the materials, begin the inventory and cutting of the parts, and then slowly and methodically build it. I know according to the article on the plans for the build it should only take 2 days, but if it takes me a week, just to make sure I get it right, I’m good with that. Once I have it completed and tested a few cuts on it, I will update the post here and let you know how it went.

The only reason it may take longer then I would expect is I want to redesign the top of the table saw cabinet first and get everything straight and lined up there before I try to mount a new rail system or a rip fence to it. So more materials to get so I can get that done first. I am in no hurry, yes the fence that came with the saw isnt the best, but with a little patience I have figured out how to keep it very close to dead on perfect, just take extra measuring on my part from blade to fence to make sure I am getting the exact cut I am trying to get. If you just lock it down, it is usually off on the back side of the fence and you end up with a angle cut you didnt want. Once I have the table top and fence redone I plan on moving into some of the other projects I have plans for and see if I can get them to come out the way I want them to. Well at least as close as my current skills will let me, and just keep trying until I get it right.

Glad this is mostly a hobby for me and not a career I might starve.

-- Archer

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 02:38 AM

You should post some pics of what you have and I’m sure folks will provide some useful suggestions. Might be a “Catch 22” trying to build an accurate fence without an accurate fence to build it with. Let us know what brand saw and someone might have or be able to suggest a fence that will fit it for a reasonable price.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 10-06-2017 11:16 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

Hobby or profession, this is a wonderful obsession we have. Post pictures as you go.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-06-2017 12:03 PM

I have a contractor saw bought out of a big box store that has a Big K in blue on it, I have searched and unless I am willing to already upgrade to a new table saw, or completely redo the fence and track system there isn’t really an upgrade. There is the manufacturer of the saw for that big box store that makes a twin of it in two versions of the contractor saw, the second version is a slight upgrade and does have a better fence, but no one carries that saw around me on the floor for me to go and measure and make sure it would actually work. I did download the manuals for all three saws and compared the hardware components that way, and from the part numbers and images they do like as if they would fit, but again it is only a picture and in real life the mounting system may be slightly different.

The other issue with my contractor saw is a very short in feed about maybe 6 inches if I am lucky and that is probably stretching it. So I do want to add in a longer in feed which I have already and have it trued up, but like I said in my blog there is the gap because of the fence and I want to remove that as well. I am going to attempt to build the fence and the rail that goes with it and attach it to the in feed I am building and then see if I can true that up. Worse that might happen is I try something that didnt work, but at least I will know for certain that is not the way I will need to go.

I thank everyone for there help and advise so far.

Thank you.


-- Archer

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