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Forum topic by WVshooter posted 06-30-2017 08:51 PM 874 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2017 08:51 PM

Afternoon, all. I’ve been lurking, but have decided to jump in and join the discussion.

I recently acquired a Dewalt DW746 for what I believe was a smoking deal. I now am in need of some advice to finish it. I am missing the blade guard/splitter and the mitre gauge. I am looking for suggestions for both. I also ended up with an older Biesemeyer fence, but no rails. How much would it cost to put that into use? Thanks!

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#1 posted 06-30-2017 09:03 PM

I can offer an excellent alternative to the original equipment miter gauge. It is the Incra 1000HD precision miter gauge. It makes even the best OEM miter gauges look like little toys. The accuracy with arbitrary angles is far better than what you can achieve without it. I have been using one for maybe 10 years now and have never regretted the purchase. See link.

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#2 posted 06-30-2017 09:06 PM

I’d look on ebay for a blade guard. One will
turn up sooner or later.

While I prefer to use blade guards a lot of
woodworkers think they’re dangerous in
and of themselves. You can make your own
overhead blade guard. I’ve done it before
using square steel tubing, plexiglass and
springs. These days I’m sure there are
plenty of ideas to be found online for shopmade

For the miter gauge I think that saw may take
a standard 3/4” bar and lots of miter gauges
will fit it.

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#3 posted 06-30-2017 09:35 PM

Incra V27 miter gauge if the saw has a standard 3/4” x 3/8” miter slot.
They are quite accurate.

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#4 posted 06-30-2017 09:55 PM

I’m with ArtMan on the incra miter Gage, the 1000 HD or SE are not that expensive and will last you a life time. They make other cheaper ones I believe, but the ones mentioned are great gages. The other parts should not be hard to locate, like Loren said ebay is a good place to look or check with a dewalt dealer the parts may not be that expensive to order for the saw. I’m like a lot of people I don’t use the blade guard but a splitter or riving knife is a must have.

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#5 posted 07-01-2017 12:04 AM

If you aren’t afraid of a little metal work, you can make your own rails for the Biesmeyer fence using 3×3 angle iron and 2×3 steel tube. See here:

You’ll want to look for drops from a steel supply place. That’s what they call the offcuts. They should have a pile of them you can pick through. If you can’t find drops, you’ll likely need to buy a 20+ foot piece of the steel, which will get expensive.

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#6 posted 07-01-2017 12:05 AM

The Microjig splitter is also an option for a splitter. It doesn’t offer the same protection as a normal blade guard, but it’ll prevent work pieces from binding on the back of the blade and kicking back. The installation is finicky, but pretty simple.

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#7 posted 07-01-2017 12:06 AM

Wow that was quick. Thanks, all. Anyone know any ins or outs with this particular saw? Do I need to find specific rails for the Bies fence or will any Bies setup work? Is it worth putting it on over the factory fence?

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#8 posted 07-01-2017 12:09 AM

Thanks, Jonah. You were typing when I was. I’m sure there have been plenty of fish jokes, so I will stop there.

I would also be interested in finding the cast wings and sliding table for this guy if anyone may have them around.

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#9 posted 07-01-2017 01:06 AM

I’ve not used a DW746 personally, but if the saw is 27” deep (and it looks from pictures like it is), then just about any cast iron wing will fit it. You might be able to find something on CL or eBay. Also, if you have a used tool dealer near you they might have something lying around.

You may or may not have to drill and/or tap new holes, depending on what you find and how the original wings attach to the saw.

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#10 posted 07-01-2017 01:00 PM

The original miter gauge for the DW746 was as Osborne EB3 clone that may have even been made by or in conjuction with Osborne. The EB3 is an excellent miter gauge and can still be purchased in the $120-$140 range.

The Biesemeyer is a better fence than the stock fence that came with the DW746, so the rails are worth pursuing IMO. It probably won’t be a direct bolt on, and some drilling might be required….it’s easier to drill the cast iron than the steel, and is a doable task. AFAIK, rails from the Shop Fox Classic, Jet Xacta II, PM Accufence, and HTC fences should also fit your Biesemeyer fence, but check the dimensions to be sure.

Sharkguard makes a blade guard assembly for your saw. It’s not cheap, but it’s excellent.

The DW746 is nice saw with some very well built internals. Get it aligned and put a good blade on it.

Please keep us posted on your progress!

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