DIY Biesemeyer rails, finish suggestions
Hello, I'm new to the site. I'm also new to woodworking. I ended up picking up a Ridgid R4512 some time back. One of the issues I've been having is getting the flat cuts when I need to glue up boards. They never come out square. I've spent way to much time attempting to get the fence to square up. I think one of the major faults of the saw is the fence and the fact it grips from both sides. It seems with my research that I'm not the only one that feels that way.
So I ended up buying a VSCT fence. I obviously needed to update the rail system and upgrade it to a biesemeyer style rail. So I've been spending off time in the basement getting the new rails built and mounted on the table saw. I'm at the point of drilling the last holes for extension and router inserts. Once I have done that in the next couple of days I'll do a final mock up before finishing.
VSCT seems to recommend powder coating, however a friend who rebuilds mills, lathes, and other metal working machines has suggested a two part epoxy. I'm curious what others have done for their DIY metal builds. More than interested if you've built rails for your tablesaw.
I own 2 Biesemeyer fences ......
..... but I've never had to paint the rails. I have painted more metal machines, agri accessories, cars and trucks than all the wood projects I've made. I've used lacquer, 2 part systems, spray can and sprayed on enamel and spray can epoxy. What you would do is mask off the 1/2" wide area where the clamping shoe rides on the front of the rail and spray everything else with a fast drying, durable product, like a tractor enamel or epoxy. The surface should be sanded to 320 wet/dry and a primer used IF the can calls for one. Most spray can tractor enamels can go on straight out of the can, no primer. I do like the self etching primer available at TSC. It's not a situation where it will get abused much, if at all. So no need to overkill with powdercoat and 2 part systems .... JMO.
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