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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 08-29-2018 06:11 AM

+1 Front and back locking fence can be pain.

There is section on saw fence options in the basics of buying saw portion of the ABC's of Table Saw blog post

FWIW – Found an easy way to fix the Ridgid TS2424 fence to make the front/back clamping mechanism work much better?

Biggest issue with that fence is any difference in parallelism between the front and back along the length gets reflected into ‘out of square’ condition at random places again fence. If your table top and extensions are not exact same width along entire width, extensions are not bolted together exactly aligned, then the weak aluminum fence extrusions will bend to mate with cast iron.

A fix is relatively easy to implement.
Front and Back fences need to have parallelism set during assembly. I also find the back fence extrusion bends too easily, and appears to be source for most of problems.
Try this:
Add a 2×2x1/8 steel angle bar between (and underneath) of the existing rear aluminum fence to increase it’s rigidity. THEN with the front and back fence rail bolts loose, check the distance between front to back and insert shim stock under which ever fence would be pulled out of parallel alignment when bolts are tightened. The process took awhile when 1st attempted it, but made it simple by using a length of cut off from angle iron to be the gauge bar for front to back spacing. What you find is that the extension castings are not flat enough, and with flexibility of back fence, the rail is never straight.

Once the two rails are parallel to each other, 99% of the troubles with that fence clamp system disappear. The fence clamping mechanism has just enough extra length to allow extending the back clamp to make it work.
Only trick I learned to make it work right every time; is make sure you push fence against front rail, before you clamp it down. If back clamp hits first, the fence will move as it is clamped, or will be out square as the back clamp is a single point and front clamp has two points that define the front square to blade condition.

I learned this parallelism trick when I decided to move my TS2424 rails from 24 inch right & 24 inch left spacing to 14 left & 34 right spacing to add router insert and to make cutting cabinet ply panels easier. You can see the extra angle iron in this side photo of my saw.

I used a 2×3 angle here to allow hanging an extension table onto back of saw.

Best Luck!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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