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Forum topic by gthomson posted 07-19-2020 06:09 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gthomson

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07-19-2020 06:09 PM

I was on the fence (no pun intended) on replacing the fence of my old Delta Unisaw that I got from my grandfather – circa 1955.
I thought it would be good to keep it all original.
But then I started thinking more in grandpa thinking… If you can make it better, do that.
So I did that, and replaced the fence with a new setup.
And oh so glad I did that now, and wish I didn’t put it off for so long.
Old setup and new setup pics attached

Loving the new setup, to say the least.

-- Techie by trade, tinkerer at heart


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#1 posted 07-19-2020 06:37 PM

Nice upgrade.

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#2 posted 07-20-2020 04:57 AM

Neat… Next put in a ZCI and a splitter….

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 07-21-2020 10:31 AM

These are the inserts I have. I’m guessing the one one the right was a template for making more inserts. The middle one was for working with dado blades? It’s metal, not wood. The one on on the left – not sure what’s going on there – special project/experimentation probably. The one up top seemed like a ZCI, but with the blade I have with carbide tips, that insert is too narrow, at least right now.
Riving knives and splitters are new to me this week :-)
Thinking I might try the MJ Splitter to start, and go from there.

-- Techie by trade, tinkerer at heart

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#4 posted 07-21-2020 11:03 AM


Thinking I might try the MJ Splitter to start, and go from there.
- gthomson

Good choice as old tablesaws are hard to retrofit with riving knives… The MJ splitter is nearly as good… Do recommend the Pro (steel) version… less likely to break if you have a tendency to sometimes use the tablesaw as an assembly table… don’t lie… we all do… assembly table as well as lie!
Also consider the MJ thin kerf splitter, if you have thin kerf blades… check specs as I don’t belivee (at least when I bought my set… 2.2mm, you might have to use your fingers to convert to imperial if your mental arithmetic is not crash hot) the thin kerf is not for the realy thin kerfe’d blade… Fortunately I had 2 different sized thin kerfs and the MJ fit the bigger little one.

PS. fender washers make a good ZCI anchor at the off end.

(the 1.7mm graffiti thin kerf is doco only and not physical measurement… would jam with a real 1.7mm blade).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 07-22-2020 03:37 AM

Good move on the fence upgrade. The old style fence (I had the same fence on an old Rockwell contractor’s saw) was a pain in the posterior.

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