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While trying my damn'dest today to cut a straight line with my scroll saw I decided to look online for tips. I wandered a little and started looking at other scroll saws. While looking I came across one that had a miter slot and a rip fence. While looking at it I suddenly had an idea. What if I scribed a center line as close to perfect as I could with the center of the blade from front to back of the table ? Then I would have a reference line to clamp a small rip fence to the table allowing me to cut a nice straight line with ease. So I did. I put on the widest blade I had them placed a steel rule up against it. Messed around with it until I got it as close to flush with the blade as I could. Then I scribed the line, taped it off on both sides, and ran a red permanent marker down it.
I made a tiny rip fence from some scrap 1/2" red oak strips.
It works great ! I just use a steel rule to measure off the center line to the fence on one end, set it, clamp it and do the same to the other end. Recheck and rip away ( slowly of course tp prevent blade wander. ) I'll post some pictures tomorrow some time. Now of course you cant use the fence to rip tall stock and expect it to be square. Maybe on a higher quality
saw but my little Harbor Freight saw's table just has to many irregularities in it to get a square cut using a fence. Stock 3/4" and under will do fine though. Small frame work and such should be fine using it.
Well they say necessity is the mother of all invention. I am lazy and I felt it necessary to make a rip fence to compensate for my laziness. LOL !

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Thanks for sharing. There are some post about making a fence that can be clamped i place once you have center marked. It is adjustable enough so a change of blade can be dealt with.

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I'll search for those posts later. Thanks !
Yeah now I think I want a better scroll saw ! LOL !
Its so addicting to me. I don't want an uber expensive one but it would be nice to has a nice solid cast table and a saw with a little less vibration.
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