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I have a cheap Craftsman table saw, and the fence on it is less than desirable. It doesn't clamp down tight enough to prevent slipping. It never clamps square to the blade, and even when I take the time to line it up square and clamp it tight, sometimes it still isn't right. So, today I was thinking about some new ideas on how to make a new fence to solve these problems. I haven't yet solved it, but I discovered something that seems to have potential for development and it seemed so perfect I thought I'd share it here incase anyone else is intersted in it also. Maybe someone can take this and run with it.

I discovered that a drywall square seems like it was made to fit on my table saw. What are the odds they'd manufacture it this perfectly? Theres got to be a way to make a fence to attach to this and clamp it down. It is already set up to slide and self square very easily. Pics below.
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I feel your pain Duane... I have a Hitachi with a very similar fence mine does lock down but the fence is the saws down point. I can't remember how to tighten the clamp on it, but it deals with the 2 bolts on top. Loosen the one that sets it and tighten the other to make it tighter then tighten the first bolt (Set Bolt) to keep it from loosening/tightening.

A thought on the drywall square is it has possibilities but likely not worth the time and effort for the result you will get............

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Yeah, I'm thinking the same. I'm also thinking of building a slightly larger table and set this whole saw down in it, the saw's surface flush with the new table top, and make a fence from aluminum extrusion that will clamp onto the new table and lay across the saw's table. It will cost me a bit, but still cheaper than a new saw, and I don't really have the space for a larger machine anyway. Also I'm not set up for inside dust collection, so any saw I'd get now would have to be really mobile so I could take it outside, and that means another just like I already have now. My saw's biggest problems are a poor fence and awful vibrations, which both cause a lot of saw marks left in the wood. I might be able to dampen the vibrations some, and if I can just get the fence sorted out then my saw would meet my current needs adequately. I took this saw apart once, planning to build a new cabinet and table surface from mdf or plywood to dampen the vibrations, but the task of remounting the motor and adjustments in a totally new, custom cabinet was too overwhelming so I just rebuilt it again in the plastic housing it is in now.

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I can help you with the problem of it sliding around maybe. I bought a Sears saw with a similar fence a few years ago and I put a piece of sandpaper on the clamp on the far end. Lee Valley sells some self adhesive dots that are about 80 grit but find some glue that will stick to the clamp and use a regular sheet. You'll still have to fool with it to get it straight.

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I have a cheap Craftsman table saw, and the fence on it is less than desirable. It doesn't clamp down tight enough to prevent slipping. It never clamps square to the blade, and even when I take the time to line it up square and clamp it tight, sometimes it still isn't right. So, today I was thinking about some new ideas on how to make a new fence to solve these problems. I haven't yet solved it, but I discovered something that seems to have potential for development and it seemed so perfect I thought I'd share it here incase anyone else is intersted in it also. Maybe someone can take this and run with it.

I discovered that a drywall square seems like it was made to fit on my table saw. What are the odds they'd manufacture it this perfectly? Theres got to be a way to make a fence to attach to this and clamp it down. It is already set up to slide and self square very easily. Pics below.
Have a look at this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_O9AeQQHc
it might give some ideas.
This will be my project for this week.
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Have a look at this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_O9AeQQHc
it might give some ideas.
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I've had many drywall squares and they mostly were not square enough (plenty good for drywall and the like) for what you're suggesting. I have a friend who owns a large machine shop. He takes them in , drills out the rivets, and squares them up and then drills in much larger ones. With the larger rivets they tend to stay square thru job site abuse.
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Buddy, I think you are onto something!
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I love the way the guy uses fertherboards...etc,

I would not let my fingers get that close to the saw.....

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I saw that video a while back Duane and was thinking to put a flat aluminum bar on the front edge where the bolt locks down the fence. That would stop all the bolt marks in the wood.

Also can put measuring tape across the front end for measuring convenience.

Sure looks better than the stock fence he had on there.

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