T style table saw fence

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Project by D. B. posted 04-05-2018 12:48 PM 15960 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been using a construction style table saw for years. It has its limits, but it was in my price range. Over time I saw what needed to be improved. The top was too small. So I used half of a salvaged solid core door to extend the top. This meant I needed a longer fence. I studied picture of several T fence systems. I came up with my own using stock L and square metal extrusions. The wooden fence was made from salvaged wood, planned true with a hand plane. It is square to the blade and that is all that counts!

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#1 posted 04-05-2018 03:07 PM

Looks fine, nice job.

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 04:36 PM

Very cool, thanks for sharing! How did the build process go? I picked up a portable table saw off the curb a few years ago and got it running well enough, but it didn’t come with a fence. I’d like to fix that eventually here so I can use it as a backup saw for quick use in the garage.

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#3 posted 04-05-2018 05:58 PM

This is my favorite part of this hobby.
Wood workers are very resourceful, clever, and inspiring.

Oh..and by the way…nicely done sir!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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D. B.

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#4 posted 04-05-2018 08:34 PM

Thanks friends

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#5 posted 04-05-2018 09:00 PM

You have done a fine job on making this fence. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-05-2018 09:37 PM

Good job. You are smart guy. Waiting for you other good ideas.

-- WoodWork ideas for you

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#7 posted 04-05-2018 09:39 PM

That’s a great looking fence you built along with your saw table. Stay within your budget and buy the best you can. If you look at the early New Yankee Workshops you’ll see that Norm used old hand and power tools. He made some great stuff with old tools and lots of skill. As the show grew in popularity the old tools turned into new and better tools. But his attitude regarding thrift never changed. Like you, he could make do if he had to and still build circles around me. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#8 posted 04-06-2018 01:20 AM

Very creative solution. Looks great and you will enjoy the larger table and accurate fence.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 04-06-2018 04:12 AM

Hey DB. Ya did a hell of a nice job. That’s something to be proud of. Well done.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 04-06-2018 06:55 AM

DB , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 04-06-2018 01:48 PM

very nice engineering and build.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 04-06-2018 05:53 PM

Looks good. I just purchased job site table saw and will be looking into building a table for it. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 04-09-2018 09:45 PM

Excuse my confusion. I am not understanding the mechanism. Does the T block cam against the aluminum L stock? I seem to be missing the big picture

Douglas…Lima, Peru

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#14 posted 04-10-2018 12:58 AM

Douglas, Thank you for your interest and comment. It is hard to see in the earlier pictures, . I hope these additional ones show the L stock is fastened to the edge of the table. Onto the lower part of the L square stock is fastened, with a gap between these two. A smaller dimension L stock is fastened to the wooden T of the fence. The lip of this smaller L goes into the gap of the first assembly. The cam in the T pulls the small L stock lip against the square stock. I hope these words help explain the mechanism. It was important to keep each step square to the cast edge of the table. The entire assemble is held together with machine screws.

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