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#1 posted 02-07-2018 07:14 PM

As with most stuff “it depends…”

You want the fence sides low when you are ripping a narrow board. This allows easier access to the piece for pushing it past the blade. A high fence helps when you are making cuts with the board on its side.

I think the standard height is fine for what I do and when I need more height, I have an aux fence that slips over the original.

Using walnut to replace the sides will work, however you might prefer either laminated plywood (like the original) or even Delrin (like the white, plastic cutting boards) better. They are dimensionally stable and slippery.

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