Originally Posted by ScottyB
My old Delta table saw has an old tube style fence. The fence rides on tubes on both sides of the table.
It works, but I don't trust this fence without checking it for square after each adjustment. This is just way too much of a PITA.
I have been toying with the idea of a different fence but didn't want to change the feel of the saw. I like the feel of using something that old. I have finally decided that the nostalgia of the old fence is not worth the hassle of measuring and squaring the fence each time. Unfortunately, even a 'cheap' fence seems to be cost prohibitive at around $180 in this financial climate.
I have been thinking about making my own fence using angle iron or aluminum and dressing it out with some wood. Has anyone else done this before? What did you do to provide adjustments for squaring? What else might I be missing on this? I already figured I would have to get some kind of tape to use as a rule. Still trying for figure out how I would clamp it in place but the idea is that it would be a T-square style fence.
Any ideas you guys have on this would be appreciated.
I have the exact same fence on my delta 34-307 i am currently going to smash and replace if i cant get this thing to work safely, and correctly.
Ranting aside, i am experiencing the same issue, and came up with a few repairs and ideas, some of which others have mentioned.....
1, i broke it down 100% yesterday to clean and reassembled after cleaning, that removed 70% of the misalignment. I can break the fence down again today and take pictures if you need. Oh, i also changed the direction of the lock handle to where i have to push down instead of up to lock it, and adjusted so that it takes 1/4" of movement to lock the fence, instead of full travel.
2. The main housing that rests on the front pipe, yup it does need a sleeve, there is just way to much slop in it. These old machines have 50/60 years of worn down cast metal, adding material is one of the only options. A brass sleeve, or other material in the front housing is needed. Period.
3. The rear "hook", there are replacements avaliable at sawcenter.com
i believe, if replacement is not an option due to limited budget, a sleeve might do the trick to.
Though the process of reassembling this old saw and trying to make it work, both safely and reliably is a pain in my ***, one thing i was spending time on was that dumb fence.
Im attaching some pics, to show the slop in mine, also, I tried adding some 3/4" material to the fence, and beefing that up with the material helped a little as well.
The pics I took this morning are of the inside of the fence, I took it apart yesterday and wire-wheeled everything I could to clean up any rust, debris/etc. Though I stripped the fence 5 months ago and restored it, this weekend was the first time I used it, and that 5 months had seen more rust, and goop.