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11-17-2019 10:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor tablesaw tip

You two guys should meet each other. Chum up a little. All the space and separation… no need… we all have similar goals.
Now, you guys meet Mr. Craftsman 27520.
I bought a vega pro 40 fence for the old saw. Love it. Makes this saw a pleasure to use. Grandpa and dad would be happy I am using it. I decided I wanted to add a wixey digital readout. I am from machinist world, so decimals is the norm. Converting in my head is fine, but slower and less accurate to me… not what I am used to.
I wasn’t super hip on the vega pro brackets from the get go. Functional, yup, adjustable, sure, ugly… hell yes. Then, to add the wixey, more tabs, brackets, space out farther… jeez… that looks like crap. It all works fine, but looks crappy. The other simple thing that aggravated me was the 7/16 wrench for this, the 1/2” for that… oh, get the 9/16 out too….
I started to butcher out a few brackets to mount vega pro front bar, and the wixey rail will bolt to those brackets. I will bolt through the wixey scale with a socket head screw. (not enough room in the rail for a through bolt to turn and tighten. I will drill and tap the vega V2 brackets to accept those cap screws.
These are still in mock up and machine phase. So, feel free to mock me. They will be cleaned up, edges fixed, etc. For now, all edges and dimensions are the same, so I can throw them in the vice with a stop in place, drill, tap, etc., next bracket. There are 4 brackets instead of the 2 that came wit the vega pro. That is overkill, but the spacing worked out nice, and it doesn’t take an longer to make 4 than 3. (well, a few minutes, but time is in design and setup) The brackets will bolt to the table with 3/8-16 bolts. I will drill and tap the table where the bolts go to eliminate nut on back side, drop the nut, crawl around, find another nut, cuss, factor. Chuck in a little loctite, eliminate vibration issues, or loosening, etc. I have drilled the brackets with a 3/8 hole to mount the vega pro front rail. Guess what… I drilled and tapped for 3/8-16. Same bolt size, same wrench!
Hmmm…. how to post a pic… useless without pics.


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#1 posted 11-17-2019 10:11 AM

The wixey rail will mount to the bottom side of the new vega bracket. The vega fence has a steel rod running parallel to the rail, this rod is the pivot for the fence lock. Guess what??? The wixey readout uses a magnet to hold it to their bracket… a smart guy could align everything so the wixey magnet sticks to the vega fence without a dozen other pieces.

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#2 posted 11-17-2019 10:27 AM

Retired tool & die maker here. I love the clean and streamlining thoughts you came up with for this. What is the finest graduation the readout gives?

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#3 posted 11-17-2019 11:49 AM

Thanks jb…. The brackets still look hokey.. they will be a little nicer when I am finished. The tops all line up with the saw top as of now. (this just made mock up, look at, tear off, mock up, go quicker) But, I think they will end up getting a 45 or more degree angle, the sharp edges just are a bad idea, and do nothing but cut me. Plus, the router table extension I used has a 45 on it already… have to get everything to flow.. I know, it is nuts, and only matters to me. I am one of those guys, that if something aggravates me, and I don’t change it to suit me, it will aggravate me every time I even look t it. Dumb, sure, but it is how I am wired.

To answer your question, the wixey does .005” I believe. I started bolting it up, and hated all the mess, so it has not been installed and used yet. Today, hopefully I will finish it up.
I am thinking brackets will be painted black. I could polish, but that doesn’t match anything. If I paint em black, that matches the fence system.
Oh, I also couldn’t del with all the holes in the vega front rail that were tapped already having raised up portions around them. I had to smooth those flush. Goofy!

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#4 posted 11-17-2019 01:49 PM

I know this is way over kill, but, for me only having .005 graduations would drive me bonkers. I’m using a travel dial to tweek my fence in to .001 when needed. As I said, way overkill, but it’s ingrained in me.

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#5 posted 11-17-2019 05:29 PM

Why don’t you use a lathe DRO and fit it to the saw? That would give you .001 accuracy. I have a Wixey, but I want greater than .005 as I have a machinist background also. I think a fence that can be adjusted to .001 accuracy would be awesome.

You have given me the idea to try fitting a DRO to my saw.

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#6 posted 11-17-2019 08:38 PM

Been using Vega fences for years. I just can’t say how much I love them. For the Wixey, be they Wixey, Beall or other I love the tilt boxes. I find the scale components to be way too fussy to be of any use to me. I have seen many who didn’t share this view though. So if it helps you, go crazy with it.

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#7 posted 11-18-2019 01:24 AM

The .005 doesn’t bother me… surprising as I obsess about other stuff, but it is wood. I live in the midwest. .005 is a few degrees and a storm coming in… or winter to summer, or 2 pieces of wood harvested at different time, etc.
Now, my brackets are within .001… but that is different!!

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#8 posted 11-18-2019 01:28 AM

.005 here… it is a no go… ha

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#9 posted 11-18-2019 01:31 AM



Why don t you use a lathe DRO and fit it to the saw? That would give you .001 accuracy. I have a Wixey, but I want greater than .005 as I have a machinist background also. I think a fence that can be adjusted to .001 accuracy would be awesome.

You have given me the idea to try fitting a DRO to my saw.

- MrRon


cool! The wixey is only 100 bucks. One can’t expect cnc dro accuracy for 100 bucks

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#10 posted 11-18-2019 03:36 AM

wow do you guys make stuff for nasa or do you do woodworking in your home shop.stop overthinking it,i dont want to be rude but the toloerances your talking about will way exceed the quality of what youll build.sorry just being common sense! now go make some bird houses-lol. all comments no matter how rude welcome,i give it and i take it-peace.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 11-18-2019 03:48 AM



wow do you guys make stuff for nasa or do you do woodworking in your home shop.stop overthinking it,i dont want to be rude but the toloerances your talking about will way exceed the quality of what youll build.sorry just being common sense! now go make some bird houses-lol. all comments no matter how rude welcome,i give it and i take it-peace.

- pottz

I had a woodworker friend for a couple years that was a retired airline pilot. He was so obsessively meticulous with his basic projects. He wouldn’t start cutting until he knew what every piece was going to cut at.
He eventually sold all his tools.
It just the way some guys are wired. :(

Good Luck

-- Aj

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pottz

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#12 posted 11-18-2019 04:08 AM


wow do you guys make stuff for nasa or do you do woodworking in your home shop.stop overthinking it,i dont want to be rude but the toloerances your talking about will way exceed the quality of what youll build.sorry just being common sense! now go make some bird houses-lol. all comments no matter how rude welcome,i give it and i take it-peace.

- pottz

I had a woodworker friend for a couple years that was a retired airline pilot. He was so obsessively meticulous with his basic projects. He wouldn’t start cutting until he knew what every piece was going to cut at.
He eventually sold all his tools.
It just the way some guys are wired. :(

Good Luck

- Aj2

yeah i know its sad they just cant let go and enjoy the process,which is a lot of miss cuts.i know the rule measure twice cut once,well sometimes it’s reversed-lol.but hell it’s all fun,and we get their,eventually.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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wagspe208

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#13 posted 11-18-2019 07:08 AM

I totally get wood vs metal. But a tool, any tool, should be as right as it possibly can be.
PLUS, when I kick off, you guys will get some primo stuff… quit bitching!! HA

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#14 posted 11-18-2019 08:56 PM

Since my background is machinist decimals, I find working with decimals much easier than using fractions. It’s just a matter of what you are comfortable with.

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#15 posted 11-18-2019 09:21 PM



I totally get wood vs metal. But a tool, any tool, should be as right as it possibly can be.
PLUS, when I kick off, you guys will get some primo stuff… quit bitching!! HA

- wagspe208

What we have to wait for you to be pushing daisies. Why can’t you hand it over now :)
Good Luck

-- Aj

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