I just picked up a use craftsman table saw w/o any fence. I'm looking to build a rip fence and couldn't find any free plan out there. Does anyone here made there own? I'm a complete newbie with a table saw.
Hi bbcmp1979, I have one of those small 10" table top saws which had a very dis-functional wanna-be fence. :) Anyway, I trashed the fence and made one out of 1/2" baltic birch plywood and some 1/2" thick aluminum stock. It's not as easy to use as a good grade fence where all you have to do is locate the fence then pull the handle down to lock into position. It is verrry accurate though (much, much better than what came stock with it), but I use a couple clamps to hold it into position. I could post a pic if you want, but there isn't really much to it... hang on a minute...
The thing about table saws... you realllly want safety first, and if you have any doubt whatsoever in your abilities to make that happen (this is no time for false pride/bravado)... do yourself a favor and save up for a good quality fence that will help keep all your fingers intact. ;) My saw was given to me, so I don't have any money tied up in it other than a good blade, so you might want to factor that into everything. Otherwise, hope the pics help coz my home made fence is much safer than the original item... just not quite as quick to lock...
Because the fence is a big part of the table saw why not just pickup one off ebay. for 12 .oo bucks
CRAFTSMAN QUICK RELEASE RIP FENCE FOR TABLE SAW - eBay (item 260541951518 end time Feb-21-10 08:19:36 PST)
CRAFTSMAN 10" TABLE SAW 27" SAW RAIL, FENCE & GUARD - eBay (item 220548348370 end time Feb-05-10 09:58:08 PST)
table saw fence, Home Garden, Business Industrial. Great deals on eBay!
I would try Craigslist for a Delta Unifence. Around here they are occationally replace and set aside. They easily mount on a Craftsman.
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