Homemade table saw fenceMy homemade table saw still needed a fence. So far I've improvised by clamping a piece of wood to the table, but that was always tricky to get aligned.
Here I'm cutting part of the new fence for my saw, on the homemade saw, using an improvised fence.
The fence pieces, before assembly. The main fence itself has a rabbet cut out to fit over the long triangle-ish plywood piece that runs along near the front. The design has some similarities with my old homemade table saw rip fence.
The thin rectangular piece is a spacer to go between the other layers of plywood.
Clamping the T-square part together. Glue is a lubricant, and pieces sometimes slide out of alignment when applying clamps, so I clamped my speed square to it to keep it all aligned while the glue dries.
I'm tapping the screws to make divots in the fence rail for where to drill the pilot holes.
I had the idea of making this piece arch upwards slightly as I glued it to compensate for a probable downward sag over time from the weight of the saw. I had some success with this technique for compensating for fixing sag in a shelf.
A C-clamp would be better, but C-clamps that open up far enough are bulky and heavy. So I made my own clamp. I glued two pieces of plywood together to get something 30 mm thick to cut the clamp out of.
The plywood split slightly from hammering the T-nut in, so I added a drywall screw to pull it together.
A pin (nail, actually) goes through the two blocks and the clamp to keep the clamp in place when it's loosened. The pin needs to fit loosely so it doesn't interfere with clamping. I determined the exact location for the hole in the clamp by clamping it on and then using an awl to scratch where the holes line up.
Things I like about this design is that it has no place for sawdust to get wedged into and it doesn't add a lot of bulk to the front of the table. Even the fence bracket itself can be thought of as an infeed side table extension.
And it's more convenient to use than the fence I made for my old table saw.
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