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Tablesaw needed a fence?

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I had a small. portable 10" tablesaw. like you might see at a job-site.     During one of several moves from place to place, it's "stock" fence was lost.  Of course, then I needed to rip some boards with it, figures.     I had some scraps, and a couple screws, maybe I ought to make one for this little saw?  I came up with a simple, bare-bones, fence that can be "C" clamped to the saw's fence rail.   Just a good square corner on the plywood "base", a hardwood (oak) cleat, and some 1x stock as the fence itself.    I aligned the plywood along a miter slot, and the edge of the saw.  i clamped it down, and screwed through the plywood into the cleat.    I then flipped this over, and using the straight edge of the plywood as a guide, I screwed the 1x in place.     Now, this piece is only about an 1- 1-1/2" tall.    IF I need a "taller" fence, it is easy to replace with another taller board.   a picture or two...

Plywood and that cleat, before they were screwed together..

In operation.   just a pair of C-clamps


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Steve Newman wrote re: Tablesaw needed a fence?
on 11-23-2010 12:00 PM

To make a taller fence, just use a wide 1x.   You can add some braces between the upright part (say a 1x6)and the base "plate".    These would be like corner blocks.   A screw would hold the braces to the fence, and another from below to hold the brace to the base plate.   The cleat for this saw wascut to match this Dewalt saw's rail.  Other saw's rails may need a different cleat.  Unlike the fence supplied with these types of saws, this homemade fence will be as straight and square to the miter slots (and, hopefully, the blade) as you want to make it.   Take the time to make it square, and it will stay that way.    This little fence can also be used to guide a circular saw across a board safer than using a speedsquare.   Just clamp in place, and use both hands on the circular saw.   Need a dado across a board.   Use this as a guide for your router.    Sand the "face" of the fence smooth, or add some plastic material to make things nice and slick.