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Equipment upgrade #2: Building The Very Super Cool Tools table saw fence

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Blog entry by GaryCN posted 12-24-2019 04:55 PM 719 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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VSCTools fence upgrade to my old DeWalt

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GaryCN

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#1 posted 12-24-2019 05:04 PM

Part 2
Link to VSC Tools
https://vsctools.com/shop/product-category/table-saw-fence/

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#2 posted 12-25-2019 02:32 PM

Nice upgrade. I hear very good things about them. I built my own that is very similar, but I put the fence rail on the flat instead of the edge. I love the lower profile that way, and how often do you need a taller fence anyway? The rare times I do I bolt on a piece to the fence. Can these fences be installed on the flat too?

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#3 posted 12-25-2019 03:35 PM

Yes, all six channels are the same it would be easy to rotate it.

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#4 posted 12-25-2019 06:33 PM

I added the VSCT fence to replace my problematic Biesmeyer a year ago, great upgrade!

The expensive part is the actual fence extrusion. VSCTs remachines their extrusions to be dead flat, but you can order the same extrusions on eBay for a lot less, alas they rarely are truly straight. I have seen two examples of 4 foot lengths, one has a “bend” of about 0.060” over the length, the other was about 0.010” off.

You can get the hold down hardware on Amazon for less then from VSTCs.

You’ll love it!

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#5 posted 12-26-2019 12:40 AM


You can get the hold down hardware on Amazon for less then from VSTCs.
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What might be the search terms for the hardware and extrusion? I can have one milled flat easily enough at the machine shop.

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#6 posted 12-26-2019 03:21 PM

The hold-downs they suggest are from JessEm, they show a lower price at VSC Tools now than on Amazon.
https://jessem.com/collections/table-saw-accessories/products/clear-cut-ts-stock-guides

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#7 posted 12-26-2019 04:47 PM

I used these

Currently out of stock, but there were many other vendors at the time. I had to file off a few burrs on some of them to make them slide better but overall they did the trick.

There are two choices of bolt size (I went with the M6), but I feel the smaller size would be plenty adequate and easier to fit with accessories.

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#8 posted 12-28-2019 04:24 PM

The extrusion can be found “everywhere” online, A quick eBay search shows this 1 meter long section (look for a longer piece, the VSCT part is 48” for their long option).

The parts are called out by their dimension (metric) such as 4080 (40mm W x 80mm height). The “series 40” dictates the thickness.

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