What exactly is a Table Saw Fence and why is it necessary? When cutting with a table saw, ensuring your cut is smooth and consistent, while also helping to reduce the likelihood of injury or accidental movement of the wood itself, saw fencing helps ensure that your cut is perfect and safe. Unfortunately many new homeowners find out the hard way that this type of fence is not always as simple and obvious as it sounds.
Most new tables saw fences are just flat boards secured with deck screws. You do not need to be a technical genius to know how to put them together. However, if you are not familiar with deck screws or the procedure required to put one together then it can be easy to overlook this step, resulting in a messier build, a wasted time and even more frustration. If you make the mistake of leaving the deck screws in place without first preparing the board with the saw blade sharpened, you could very well run into a lot of issues.
The most important part of any saw table saw fence is the end cap. It is crucial that the end cap remain secure at all times. If the end cap slips, the fence will not be as accurate for the measurement that you are taking, and the project you are working on may become a huge failure. For safety reasons, you should always test the height of the fence by inserting the threaded rod through the top center of the cap.
How do you square a table saw fence? First, you want to make sure the table saw is turned on and fully operational before attempting any cuts. Also remember that when using a table saw with a table saw fence that the fence is completely extended all the way to the floor. Always take this step before attempting any cuts as this is an important safety precaution.
One thing that can help you determine how far the table saw fence has actually been set is to look for a small brass wheel in the front of the fence. It is usually stamped into the metal and can be a great tool to use in determining the level of the table saw fence. If the wheel indicates that the distance from the closest point of the fence to the end of the blade has been exceeded, you will know that you are either way off in the distance, or that the level of the table saw fence is too low.
What’s the best way to put a new table saw fence together? Well, in order to ensure accuracy, you need to use a tape measure. Start by drawing a straight line across the top of the area that you are going to install the fence on. Once you have the top level, mark that line down on paper.
The next thing that you want to do, is to install the jig saw blade into its slot. You can slide the blade out of its slot and feed the saw blade through the hole on the table saw. Make sure that the blade’s teeth are lined up properly with the saw’s slot. Slide the saw all the way down until it reaches the bottom of the table saw’s rail. Then you just simply slide the super simple piece of hardware that connects to the table saw’s post into its spot on the saw’s top rail.
If you follow these two simple steps, you should be able to successfully install a super simple rip fence on your table saws. Rip fences are commonly used by carpenters because of their ease of use and inexpensive price tag. They can also offer a variety of benefits such as accuracy and added security. However if you want to install a rip fence in your workshop, you should make sure that you follow the instructions and tips that I have provided above.