Tablesaw Workstation #2: Fence installation

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Blog entry by Gingzillaman posted 03-30-2017 11:55 PM 1122 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Fence Purchase Part 2 of Tablesaw Workstation series Part 3: The base is rolling! »

This morning I stripped off the old fence and stamped steel extension wings from my table saw and started the fence installation. I received the Vega Pro 50 Fence yesterday after a 1 day shipping delay from Amazon. I was slightly frustrated since I am a prime member and it did not arrive on its guaranteed arrival day. Oh well.

Taking the off the original fence and wings was easy since I had just taken them off less than six months ago when I bought the unit. When I bought it used I found that the rear arbor bearing had spun in the casting. I was able to rig up a fix. The rear bearing was slip fit with not wobble so I loctited it back in when I pressed everything together. So far so good. While the unit was apart I primed and painted the bottom of the cast iron table white and reinforced the metal housing for the table saw with some angle iron where the top bolts on.

Unpacking the Vega Fence system I had ordered I knew to expect it to be a little “rough around the edges.” I cleaned up the burrs on the items as I prepared for the install of the fence rails. I was not overly fussy I just made sure to take off any sharp burrs and smooth over the edges. No need to buff it to a sheen since this is a working tool not a show piece.

Installation was very straight forward as I had watched a few videos on YouTube and also read the installation instructions last night. All I have left to do at this point is to get rails set parallel with the table top so the fence clears at the same height all the way down to the end of the future extension wing. This should be very straight forward. I will probably just level the saw and then level the rails then find some way to double check.

At this point I will be working hard to come up with a good plan for a workstation after I take some measurements.

Some thoughts so far:

-I am glad I purchased this fence. Without a doubt it is a worthwhile upgrade.

-So far all I have seen is wood bracing for the workstation bottom. I have though of using 2 – 2” x 2” tubing or 2 – 2” x 2” angle sections running lengthwise under the bottom panel. Most likely a 3/16 thickness on either type of steel. Maybe a steel channel would be the best option? I would appreciate input on this.

-The plan for the left wing is for having a flip up wing to accommodate larger stock and then store down when not in use. How far left of the blade is really needed 3’ is the most I could see necessary.

-The right wing will go to the end of the rail. I see no value in adding on any additional length.

- I am starting to feel as if the outfeed table will be separate from the workstation and will serve a dual purpose of outfeed and assembly table. I will most likely build a Paulk style outfeed table since I have the plans purchased. I may size it down to the width of the workstation though. So if the workstation is 6 ’ long then the outfeed/ assembly table will be 6’x4’. the only other possibility would be to combine it all together on one big chassis and make a “moat” like a few of the YouTube woodworkers I follow. I will start some Sketchup models either tonight or tomorrow morning.

Thanks for reading and following along on my journey!

-I’ll post pictures of this step either by adding them in this post or in #3

-- Jeremy from Janesville, WI

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-- Jeremy from Janesville, WI

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