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Hello to all you woodworkers. I have been restoring a PowerMatic 66 1970s era (dark green) for about a year now. I got this off Craigslist and it did not come with any rails, but it did have the fence, (which weighs about 70 pounds!) I had to make some rails for it, which I made out very heavy schedule 40, 1” pipe. I don’t know how this is 1” pipe because the outside diameter is 1.339”. The inside race of the fence which slides on the rails is 1.375. This is quite a bit of difference. I was wondering if one of you nice people who have a older PowerMatic 66 with the original rails, would measure the exact outside measurement of the front rail? I would really appreciate it. Incidentally, I know I should just switch it to a Beesy fence, but I want to keep this all original if I can. Thanks.
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Iron pipe sizes make little sense the measurement is supposed to be the inside diameter , once you get to 1 inch it is kind of close, but under 1 inch it is way off, 1/8 is about 5/16

They probably used mechanical tubing, it is rolled to certain diameters and wall thicknesses You would probably find the right sized pipe at a place that sells specialized metal products
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Hello to all you woodworkers. I have been restoring a PowerMatic 66 1970s era (dark green) for about a year now. I got this off Craigslist and it did not come with any rails, but it did have the fence, (which weighs about 70 pounds!) I had to make some rails for it, which I made out very heavy schedule 40, 1” pipe. I don’t know how this is 1” pipe because the outside diameter is 1.339”. The inside race of the fence which slides on the rails is 1.375. This is quite a bit of difference. I was wondering if one of you nice people who have a older PowerMatic 66 with the original rails, would measure the exact outside measurement of the front rail? I would really appreciate it. Incidentally, I know I should just switch it to a Beesy fence, but I want to keep this all original if I can. Thanks.
I have a model 65. I think perhaps the rails are the same. I will take a look.

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pipe is not tubing

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Iron pipe sizes make little sense the measurement is supposed to be the inside diameter , once you get to 1 inch it is kind of close, but under 1 inch it is way off, 1/8 is about 5/16

They probably used mechanical tubing, it is rolled to certain diameters and wall thicknesses You would probably find the right sized pipe (tubing) at a place that sells specialized metal products
Do not bother with the pipe. Get the proper OD tubing, it's a common size. The original rails were probably plated, zinc or chrome so that adds a small amount to the OD. Take your fence with you to the supply house and actually fit the tubing inside it.
Good Luck on this!

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Looks like I got rid of the rails. I still have the old fence. The rails were plated and mine were going to pot.

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Thanks to all of those who responded. I appreciate it.
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Okay, cluttered workshop sighting...

I found those rails!! :) You're probably long past that by now, though...

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