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Project by ToddE posted 05-15-2010 04:23 PM 10603 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys,
How’s everyone been? I have been away at training at Fort Indiantown Gap since January 5th and I haven’t touched anything in my shop in months….killing me. Hope all of you guys have been doing well. I haven’t been able to get on my wood sites for ever either.

Anywho, I had to wait a couple weeks after I got home to get into the shop because I had the heat turned off all winter because I wasn’t home. I had two deck jobs I had to do in NY real quick as soon as I got back so I did them first. The sun came out and I ran out in the shop the first chance I got, with a jacket on still, pulled out a bunch of cherry to plane down for a book cabinet and I thought you know what, before I start on any projects I wanted to do I was going to build that table saw fence I have always wanted.

I always wanted a”B($^&%^&%#” fence, but I can’t see spending that much money on a fence when I thought I could just build my own. So, before I left for training I ordered all the steel to make one and it only cost me $82.00! I got the ol’ welder out and started to get to work. I only had enough time to get the fence itself built and a coat of paint on. Would you believe it my job wanted me back to work. So, I am back to work and I don’t get a day off for a while. That stinks when you have to have a real job instead of a job you love. But that will come soon enough.

I will let you guys all know how it turns out. And of course I will take pictures along the way if you are interested in looking at them. Can’t wait to get the fence done, installed and get cutting again. I tell you, I realized how much I really enjoy this craft when I was out in the middle of nowhere doing nothing but class work for 10 hours a day, six days a week and no saws! Pretty insane. But I get to come back to the family I love and the skills and abilities I thank God for every day that I get to use and enjoy.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 04:36 PM

Very well done nice to save money and know you built this!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 08:20 PM

Those metal working skills are great to have. Especially welding. I would have taken it up myself, but I’m sure if I did I would burn down my shop. Lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 12:44 AM

Welder? I thought you had to use ducktape! Welding is something that is out of my league. Project looks good. Keep us posted on the fence when done. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 04:33 AM

Looks good welcome back

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 05:36 AM

I build one like this for my Makitia 8 1/4 table saw about 18 years ago because it only ripped 8 inches I use sq tube from metal porch rails. it has worked great and is still going strong as is the saw which is 20 years old. Lately I have been thinking about making one for my band saw. I build mine just before they started offer systems for them small job site saws, but on the bright side mine only cost me $30 dollars if I remember right and that included getting the wielding done. Great Job!

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 04:29 PM

Great looking fence!! What type of jig did you use to keep the angles at 90 degrees, and how did you fasten
the wear/guide strip to the angle iron. Please keep us posted on your progress

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 06:42 PM

Hey guys,
I have to get atleast another coat of paint on it and then start tapping out the sides for boards and then get the square tubing and angle iron drilled and cut out for my table saws. I am going to use the 8’ long fence rails to connect two table saws together. That way I can have a cut saw and a saw dedicated to dados. I am going to also put a table top on to fill in the gaps.
Gus, as far as the 90 degrees goes, I just did a cross measurement in the back to square it. Like you would square a box, that’s it nothing jiggy wise or scientific. I measured from the end of one side of the square tubing across the bottom and to the opposite end of the angle iron. Then did it to the other side. Like an X pattern from the end of the tubing to the end of the angle iron.
The “wear strip” is actaully utilized in this arrangement to adjust for square (picture 5). I drilled two holes in the 1/8” x 1” galv piece of metal, about 5” from the ends. Then I clamped it on there and welded the holes up or actually I filled the drill holes with weld and then grinded them flat. This way you have a lot of surface area to attach the two pieces together and nothing protrudes into where it sits on the sqaure tubing of the rail.
I threaded holes in the back of the angle iron and just put in 24 SAE, 1/4” hexpins, 3/8” long (picture 6). These can be turned in or out to adjust for square on the table. I wish I would have tapped out for the threaded hexpins before I welded the 1” piece of galv on there though. That was a pain in the butt to thread behind. The more I looked at building it the more I realized I was all paranoid about building one for nothing. Very quite simple. Couple cuts and welds and it was done.
I plan on getting some guide parts (UHMW plastic) pieces and sticking them on to any contact spots. It shouldn’t be too hard. The only pain in the butt part about any of it I think is going to be getting the plywood plastic end pieces to stick down and stay down. I hate that stuff.
Stefang, as you can see my welding skills have suffered greatly from my little vacation, but it isn’t going anywhere. At this stage in the game, as embarassing as they are, I plan on covering them up with a grinder and a lot of paint. LOL

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 03:28 AM

Hey guys,
“streetgang” has a way better site on here that explains everything you need to know on how to make a fence like this. Excellent job! I would recommend you look at his project for a very detailed site.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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