Auxiliary fences

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Project by dadefreese posted 05-25-2007 03:36 PM 3377 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 2 fences in the ‘lower case h’ style. The ‘h’ style lets me use C-clamps with the tall side of the jig and it makes it easier to screw in my random jigs through the tall side. Both are 3/4” birch waxed on the working surfaces.

I made the first one for the clamping jig with holes for toilet bolts in it. I bought my bandsaw without a fence since I didn’t know which aftermarket type I wanted; This arrangement using the clamping guide with the fence has allowed me to do good rip work on the short side and then respectable resawing with the tall side….until I choose to get or make a real fence. With the toilet bolts clamped down, the fence doesn’t go anywhere; when loosened, it slides true along the guide.

The second is a minor variation of the first fitted for an existing tablesaw fence. This time, I just used wallboard screws because I had immediate need for the 45 degree splining jig and the tenoning (and raised panel) jig. Both features have done what I need accurately, though I don’t like having the holes punched in the face of the fence. Eventually, I plan to make a dedicated splining jig using the miter slots like a cutoff sled that would have infinite cutting width; for now, with smaller picture frame and box projects, the width capacity of 1.5 inches using this jig is fine.

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#1 posted 05-25-2007 03:52 PM

These are great. I have to make some fences like that. Nice job.

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#3 posted 05-26-2007 04:04 AM

Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 05-26-2007 04:57 AM

Nothing quite like a good fence. I have a basic h style fences for my table saw. I started a new one last weekend. It is about 8” high on the tall side. I am putting a T track in it about 5” off the table. I like the T track as it eliminates the need for C clamps in many applications and it allows me to easily add stops, hold downs, or feather boards. Nice spline jig. I saw a plan for a spline/tenon sled that rode over the real fence. It was an uppercase H design. One side was set up for tenons. The reverse was for splines. Good idea on using wax!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 05-26-2007 07:58 PM

Good jig, I like all kinds of jigs, that help make your work better, safer or faster. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-18-2007 01:31 PM

Thanks for sharing… like Mike, I, too, like to take a moment to make a jig so the project can be done, and I quote ‘better, safer or faster’.

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