"Interesting. Not sure I'm getting it, 100% though.....
So, the fence never moves out of the way (just like normal). So repeated cuts are always as exact as they've always been?
The fence started out next to the blade and .1" away, just like normal. Then I slid the fence rail back so I could push the entire work-piece against the blade. The fence is acting as a positioning device to set the clamps.
But you're cutting strips 0.10", and the fence is a couple inches away, so I don't think I'm correct.
You are thinking the tall part of the Unifence is what was setting the wood position, but there is a shorter part of the fence that is in contact with the wood.
The wood rests on a sled and the sled contains the clamps holding the wood, so you don't have to touch the wood while it's being fed through?
If so, the cut piece would end right at the end of the blade. Wouldn't the blade "nick" at the piece as it rattles around until you reach over there and pull it out?
In practice the riving knife is pushing the strip away from the blade, it falls away without touching.
I'm also not understanding what the plywood piece on the fence (1st photo) is for, then removed for the other photos.
I'm confusing you for no reason. I had to rip the live edge off the board to true it up, you can see it at the top of photo #2. When I did that I used a 'push-stick', which in my case is that plywood piece which has a delrin bearing/guide strip that runs in the slot in the top of the fence rail. I like the control it gives me, I don't have to think about it's alignment with the work, I just slide it along the fence rail. While cutting the strips it's flipped around to the other side 'cause I'm not using it.
And.. How is the workpiece squared up each time for repeated cuts?
always against the fence, which was never unlocked from step #1 and the bamboo .1" spacer.
If the sled is working like I'm imagining, it's pretty cool, I'm just not quite grasping a few things.
My wife says I'm dense sometimes.
You should remind your wife you were smart enough to marry her. I keep telling my wife that her low expectations are the key to our marital happiness.
DEFINITELY intrigued, as I'm not happy with my sled and have been looking for "newer, better, faster, more".
Thanks, and sorry I'm dumb."
Seems like my post was the problem. here are a couple more images, first one of the sliding pusher, then one showing the fence pulled back behind the blade and being used as the positioning guide.