Souped up the table saw fence!

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Project by Freakazoid posted 09-02-2012 09:54 PM 5567 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was researching measurements for my table saw fence in preparation for adding a router wing and noticed that the high fence extension may not have been mounted properly. Nearly simultaneously, I got sick of all the clutter that was on the outside of my table saw fence. Befiore common sense kicked in, I had taken everything apart, and then it came to me – make a tall fence. My main goal was to make my Kreg push stick easy to grab, no matter what clutter was on the table.

I used the measurements from the instructions, and that did not turn out well – the high fence measurements were based on using the router fence, not the table saw fence. After a few adjustments, here is what I came up with:

I had purchased enough hardware to lose a bolt or two, but I was lucky enough to retain everything. So with four bolts left, I thought it would be cool to give the Grippers some on board storage.

Next, I tapered the ends of the fence. I did this on the front end to satisfy part of my original goal (make the Kreg push stick handy) and decided to make the opposite end match. Then I stuck the adhesive back steel to the backside of the fence to support the Kreg push stick.

Since I was at it, and I had previously built some sort of tenoning jig, and some surprisingly coincidental dimensions fell into my favor, I decided to add a carriage to the top of the tenoning jig, which turned out to become much improved. I put a small taper on the inside of the carriage to make it easier to drop the jig onto the fence.

So here she is, all loaded up. Now all the clutter moves with the fence, instead of getting in the way. Believe it or not, the fence still rides smoothly along the rails, and it is not difficult to adjust. And the Kreg push stick is always there for me!

Once again, thanks to all for the inspiration!

-- I can complicate anything

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 09:59 PM

HOLY COW! That is awesome!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 10:35 PM

Way to go!!!!!!That is a real handy set up now!!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 03:25 AM

I’m not even sure what operations you are using this for, but it is sure cool to look at.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 12:45 PM

I have Incra systems for my TX and router table. I have no doubt it will hold up and still ride smoothly. Paste wax on the rails helps but I would think the inertia of it all would make it hard to make small adjustments. (?)

-- Tim Harrelson

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 07:05 PM

Just what dnick said. I don’t get it but it looks so cool.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 08:25 AM

I can hear the “back up alarm” when you move it.

beep beep beep…

Nice set up. Now you need a tslot for feather boards machined into the face.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 08:07 PM

Super nice and very versatile. lol-JohnMeeley.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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