Unifence modified with incremental positioning

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Forum topic by RipFence posted 06-01-2017 03:11 PM 816 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2017 03:11 PM

Hello All:
I’m sure some of you have seen Jeremy Schmidt's tablesaw fence with incremental positioning. I had thought about making one but I really like my old Delta Unifence. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to integrate incremental positioning with my Unifence but was just coming up empty. Then I saw Bob Neumann’s set up on Instructables and that got me going.
My fence ended up being a composite of their two approaches.
I used 3/4-16 because I thought it would be strong enough on its own with support along the whole length like 3/8-16 would need. I supported it at each end with simple blocks made from scraps. I also included Jeremy’s feature to rotate the threaded rod as a micro adjust. The nuts grip the support block fairly tightly so it won’t rotate on its own. Its simple to rotate the nut by 1/12 of a rotation (from a flat to a point) which gives a travel of ~0.005 inches. Nuts are held by loctite to prevent coming loose without needing two nuts on each side of the support block.
I followed Bob’s approach of using a piece of spring steel which I screwed to the Unifence head. I cut a coupler nut in half (really more like a third) along its length and attached it to the spring steel with epoxy since I don’t have a welder (I’ll add screws to reinforce the epoxy). I did not implement a toggle clamp like Bob did because I can micro adjust and don’t need to use freehand positioning. So my half nut and spring are set so that they always engage when I position the fence. If I find that I want the ability to slide it without engaging the teeth I can always modify it later. Total cost for the threaded rod, two jam nuts, and one coupler nut was less than $15; quite a bit less than an Incra fence. I imagine it would be easy to modify a Biesemeyer as well.
So far so good. Of course it took a lot longer than it should have and I drilled several more holes in my fence rail than necessary. Just to see how repeatable it really is, I dialed in the fence for 4” then removed and replaced it. See the pic.

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#1 posted 06-01-2017 03:26 PM


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#2 posted 06-01-2017 03:43 PM

That is brilliant! Now I wish my unifence wasn’t broken, I would love to make that modification.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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