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ekjohns1

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08-15-2019 02:02 PM

Hi all, I am picking up a Xacta Fence II for pretty cheap to go on a TS3650. I therefore need to get the fence rails and main tube. IIFC the fence matches that of a Biesemeyer/sawstop/T2. Does anyone have a set of rails and main tube they are willing to sell? New I was looking at the Sawstop 36” set for $150 shipped.


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#1 posted 08-15-2019 02:33 PM

Sawstop fence rails and tube for 150 shipped? May I ask where? I have 52” and have been debating downsizing to free up space cause I never use the full capacity

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#2 posted 08-15-2019 02:49 PM

I wanted to extend the fence on my table saw, it is a Steel City and the fence is just like the T2 setup. I went to the local metal store and bought some 2” x 3” rectangle tubing and some 2” x 3” angle iron and made my own rails. Cost me just under $40. I t was easy.

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#3 posted 08-15-2019 03:41 PM



I wanted to extend the fence on my table saw, it is a Steel City and the fence is just like the T2 setup. I went to the local metal store and bought some 2” x 3” rectangle tubing and some 2” x 3” angle iron and made my own rails. Cost me just under $40. I t was easy.

- PaulDoug


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ekjohns1

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#4 posted 08-17-2019 02:59 PM



I wanted to extend the fence on my table saw, it is a Steel City and the fence is just like the T2 setup. I went to the local metal store and bought some 2” x 3” rectangle tubing and some 2” x 3” angle iron and made my own rails. Cost me just under $40. I t was easy.

- PaulDoug

I was thinking about this, but was not sure if the 2 X 3 tube had good enough tolerance to make a good fence. Is there anything special to buying it such as cold rolled, hot rolled etc?

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ekjohns1

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#5 posted 08-17-2019 03:00 PM



Sawstop fence rails and tube for 150 shipped? May I ask where? I have 52” and have been debating downsizing to free up space cause I never use the full capacity

- avsmusic1

Sawstops parts store has it for $155. I was under the impression you could have it shipped to a store for free but I am not positive

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#6 posted 08-18-2019 10:04 PM


I was thinking about this, but was not sure if the 2 X 3 tube had good enough tolerance to make a good fence. Is there anything special to buying it such as cold rolled, hot rolled etc?
- ekjohns1

Nothing special about metal for table saw fence. Can make a complete t-square fence at home.
http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/PDF%20Files/tsquarefence.pdf

-- 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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#7 posted 08-19-2019 01:01 AM

I got my instructions here. https://vsctools.com/diy-guide-rails/

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#8 posted 08-19-2019 03:00 PM

+1 on the https://vsctools.com/diy-guide-rails/
Just finished mine this weekend.

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#9 posted 08-19-2019 03:16 PM

As PaulDoug said, get the material from your local steel supplier, but remember the original tube used has polished surfaces on 3 sides to allow for smooth sliding of the fence; you may be better off buying it from SS.

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ekjohns1

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#10 posted 08-19-2019 06:50 PM

How much did everyone spend on the metal? Pricing out the metal in my area using vsctools guide is coming to $130 for a 2 X 3 X 76” tube and 2 – 3 X 3 X 6’ angle iron. I then have to buy a tap, screws and paint. SS has the 36” tube and angle iron for $155 and if I can ship to store.

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#11 posted 08-19-2019 07:18 PM

$130 for a 2 X 3 X 76” tube
ekjohns1

Wow.. I typically see what it can be had for online and use that as a guide when buying locally, which will typically be slightly higher, but you don’t pay for shipping. For a 6ft 2×3 rectangular tube, you can buy one online for about $30 at places like the Metal Depot. (3×2 14Ga. A513 finish).

And regardless of what fence you go with, you will still need to have a drill, tap, screws/nuts/bolts and paint. Any mechanical junkie should already have all that stuff in the garage anyway :)

Cheers,
Brad

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PaulDoug

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#12 posted 08-19-2019 07:26 PM

I purchased a 56” piece of each the tubing and the angle iron and paid a little under $40. They cut the length I wanted of each. I cleaned mine real good and painted it. It scratches easily, yes. It would have been nice to have it powder coated, but I have No idea what that would have cost.

By the way, I priced the tubing on the internet and I had to buy and pay for their lengths and with shipping it would have been about $150 if I remember correctly. I had to drill and I used rivet nuts to fasten the tube to the angle iron. I was able to borrow the rivet nut tool from my nephew. I’m very happy with it, I am not a pro nor do I use my table saw daily. But it cuts very accurate, works good.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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ekjohns1

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#13 posted 08-19-2019 08:55 PM

Looks like the big difference is gauge. 11 gauge (vsctools) vs 14 gauge for the tube adds a significant amount. what gauge angle iron is everyone using?

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d38

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#14 posted 08-20-2019 05:15 PM

Here’s what I was quoted about 3 months ago for cut to length from a local steel company:
11 ga 2×3’ tube, 6 ft, $25
1/4” x 3×3 angle, 6 ft, $25
1/4” x 3×3 Aluminum angle, 6 ft, $38

Powder coating was $90.
I used aluminum for the outfeed angle to keep weight down.
6 ft gives me about 15” left and 35” right rip.

If the SS rails fit your needs, that’s a reasonable price for bolt-on. May have to drill some holes in your saw or rails, but that’s pretty easy.

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MrUnix

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#15 posted 08-20-2019 05:32 PM

Looks like the big difference is gauge. 11 gauge (vsctools) vs 14 gauge for the tube adds a significant amount. what gauge angle iron is everyone using?
- ekjohns1

Just for reference… the original Biesemeyer commercial fence used 14ga.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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