TS fence length can be varied

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Forum topic by runswithscissors posted 03-03-2014 05:49 AM 1002 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 05:49 AM

Common topics in these forums concern TS fence offset, and fence length. The Europeans like short fences (used in conjunction with riving knives) to prevent kickback resulting from reaction wood moving toward the fence as the wood moves beyond the cut. For similar reasons, one camp of U.S. jocks urges the fence be deflected slightly away from the blade. The other camp advocates that the fence be dead on parallel with the blade and table slots, arguing that when your cut requires moving the fence to the opposite side of blade, the fence would now be deflected the wrong way.

A way to try out a short fence without making an expensive commitment would be to use an auxiliary fence. Rockler’s 2014 Master calatalog has “universal fence clamps” (p. 38) that would let you try out a fence of any length. Best of both worlds, maybe? I made myself a couple of these fence clamps to try out. Haven’t put them through a serious trial yet, but plan to do that soon. I’m wondering if anyone has tried Rockler’s fence clamps out yet, using them for a short auxiliary fence as suggested, and how they worked out?

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 01:07 PM

I have a pair of those clamps, but had not thought of using them to shorten the rip fence on my Unisaw. Good idea though. When I get the new Hammer saw I have on order, will be learning about using shorter fence, and the slider. Frustrating, the saw was supposed to be in the warehouse a couple weeks ago, but the storm on the east coast has the port plugged up, and they have not been able to get their containers delivered. I have other parts ordered, and waiting on everything. This shop remodel is dragging out.

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 02:29 AM

They work great.

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 02:32 AM

With the unifence you can just slide it forward or backward as needed, not sure if any other fence system offers this capability, but it was a big selling point for me.

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