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Buck_Thorne

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01-20-2021 09:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

My Delta 36-726 fence lost one of the HDPE spacers, and I apparently vacuumed it up with the sawdust. I currently have made a temporary repair with thin bit of wood but I’d like to fix it properly. I suspect that I can make a replacement from a cutting board, but I have a couple of questions I am looking for help with:

1) Well, I guess my first question is… is there an actual, proper replacement part for this?

2) If not, and I chose to make one, how do I get the plastic to the exact thickness (if not, it will affect the fence alignment), how do I get it smooth enough, and how do I glue it to the fence?

Here’s a photo. I’m talking about the square piece, not the round threaded part. You can see my temporary replacement on the far end.


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#1 posted 01-20-2021 09:48 PM

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#2 posted 01-20-2021 10:27 PM

#1 – yes. The parts diagram labels it as just “pad”. Earlier Biesemeyer fences called them “Glide Pad” IIRC. Part number for it is 912290:

Unfortunately, they do seem to be discontinued. On older, and the original Biesemeyer fences, they just used a piece of laminate epoxied to the fence. Later years, they switched to the plastic blocks with the little tabs that fit into holes to secure it. I believe that change was due to the fact that the plastic used… I think it was Delrin, does not glue easily or would hold up to any abuse… YMMV.

#2: IMO, the easiest way would probably to take off the existing pads (and wood replacement) and put on some laminate pads. You can get all you need for free at the big box store in the kitchen cabinet section – they should have a wall of sample laminate ‘chips’ that work great.

Or, if you are worried about the thickness – you could always make your own pad from some old milk jugs or whatever HDPE you have laying around. I had to make a few parts for my Biesemeyer when I bought it (end cap for fence tube and lock knob handle), and it was super easy since HDPE works even easier than wood.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 12:28 AM



https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/cut_to_size_plastic/hdpe_sheets/529/2033?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=&scid=scplp2033&sc_intid=2033&gclid=CjwKCAiAxp-ABhALEiwAXm6IyWdOFyAat6zjB6dGJ7ejq98yXfIJIIQBz6AY3lu3awAQ3A6WpNM6xBoCx9IQAvD_BwE

Next question….....how to glue it?

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=gluing+hdpe+to+aluminum

- AlaskaGuy

The good news is your 1st link… a 1/8”x2”x2” sample, which is more than I need, is only $2 (plus shipping $8.30)

But that adhesive link… that one is a rabbit hole. I Googled it myself earlier before posting here. I got a million different opinions, a lot of expensive commercial options and other things that wopuldn’t help me with this little 1”x1/2” bit of plastic.

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 12:29 AM


#1 – yes. The parts diagram labels it as just “pad”. Earlier Biesemeyer fences called them “Glide Pad” IIRC. Part number for it is 912290:

Unfortunately, they do seem to be discontinued. On older, and the original Biesemeyer fences, they just used a piece of laminate epoxied to the fence. Later years, they switched to the plastic blocks with the little tabs that fit into holes to secure it. I believe that change was due to the fact that the plastic used… I think it was Delrin, does not glue easily or would hold up to any abuse… YMMV.

#2: IMO, the easiest way would probably to take off the existing pads (and wood replacement) and put on some laminate pads. You can get all you need for free at the big box store in the kitchen cabinet section – they should have a wall of sample laminate chips that work great.

Or, if you are worried about the thickness – you could always make your own pad from some old milk jugs or whatever HDPE you have laying around. I had to make a few parts for my Biesemeyer when I bought it (end cap for fence tube and lock knob handle), and it was super easy since HDPE works even easier than wood.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Maybe that’s the best bet for me… no reason it has to be HDPE as long as it will wear well and provide minimal friction.

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