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#1 posted 09-22-2018 04:20 PM

Odds are when you are driving the screws the fence is moving. You mention clamps, but I’ll talk about them anyway. Once you get your fence square with the two screws at the ends of the fence, carefully clamp the entire length. F-clamps are easy to work with and I’d put one ever 3 or 4 inches. Tighten them down well.

Next, be sure to drill pilot holes for the remaining screws. Without them, the screw will want to find the path of least resistance as it enters the grain of the fence and can possibly move it ever so slightly, which is all it takes to mess it up.

To summarize, once you have the fence square and your five-cut check is good, you have to do everything possible to maintain that and not knock it out of place as you finish off your construction.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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