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table saw without a fence

Hi everyone! I recently purchased a 10" 13 amp table saw for $40. It works, comes on a stand, and came with a sharp diablo 50 tooth blade. The only problem is it doesn't have a fence. How would I go about replacing or making one? Thank you so much. I'm new to a lot of this, but am wanting to learn as much as I can.
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There are several aftermarket fences on the market. I have the Sears Align-a-rip. $119+s&h
30" rip capacity to the right, 24" to the left..easy to install and use.
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...7JjxoChG_w_wcB

But do a google search for table saw rip fences and you'll find about 9,763,759,035,542,741.93 results. (an arbitrary number I pulled out of my keester)

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?

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What brand is it?

If you know the brand you can look on Ebay for parts. That saw appears to be a shorter table version of the table saws I know of, but I may be wrong looking at the photo.

The length from front to rear of the table is the main factor when looking for a "parts" fence and the next factor is the means of attaching it.... all unknowns at this juncture.

IF you end up having to make one, as I did many years back, it's a bit of an engineering project and required some metal working tools.
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...able+saw+fence

Unistrut makes a "U" channel that would make a decent DIY fence and it's available at electrical supply houses, maybe even Home Depot. Search You Tube for DIY table saw fences. There are flat clamps that lock with a cam which could be used immediately, no engineering required:


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It's not that great of a saw so be careful how much you spend on a fence. You might get lucky and find a replacement fence on ebay but more than likely especially if you are impatient may need to upgrade to a different fence system altogether. If you have time to search for a replacement you could make a fence out of a 2x4, just clamping it to the saw top with C clamps. The first thing you need to do searching for a completely different fence system is measure the top of the saw from front to back. Most saws are 27" so if it came with the rails you could use a fence from any brand. You just may have to drill new bolt holes.
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The flat clamp is your cheapest solution

You have almost nothing invested so far, and you would be better off to keep that trend going. The flat clamp/guide is by far the easiest, fastest and cheapest solution. However .....

The most important thing about a table saw fence is that it must be parallel to the blade when locked down. You can measure at both ends of the clamp/fence to insure this is the case, but that's time consuming and tedious to adjust it. The best/most expensive fences lock down parallel to the blade automatically ... Biesemeyer, Exacta, others...etc. A draftsman's T square is as close to an example as I can think of, and when held firm against the edge of the table it will always make parallel lines. This is the design all self-squaring fences use.

Using a fence that is not parallel to the blade will result in a wedged workpiece or a kickback, neither of which is good or safe. :frown2:
Keep this in mind when building one or shopping for a replacement!

There are numerous example on the web:
http://woodgears.ca/homemade_tablesaw/fence.html

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...our-table-saw/

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Most aftermarket fences are way too big for that saw. You might find a cheap used fence that will fit if you keep your eyes peeled, or you can google some DIY suggestions and build something. That clamp that Bill posted a pic of would be among the simplest and least expensive options. You can build a simple crosscut sled for accurate crosscuts.

You got the saw at a fairly low price, considering the blade is worth about $20 if its sharp. I'll reiterate that it's not worth spending much money on.
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Thank you all for the replies. What I have gathered from all of your replies, is I basically shouldn't have bought this particular saw. And the saw blade brand new that is on goes for around $42 at the stores near me. I think what I'll do then is sell this saw without the blade and then buy a different one. I was looking at this one. I don't want to buy anything expensive right away as I'm not sure how much I'll end up using this, and I was also planning on buying this mitre saw once I have the money...
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Depending on what part of the planet you live you might find a good old 113 series Craftsman on CL..
There's one available right now locally here for $100.. cast iron top direct drive..
For the price I can't say enough about the Align-a-rip fence from Sears parts direct.. $119..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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I had a saw like that from Ace Hardware- $99 new. Hard to justify $100 for a fence for a $40 table. I gave mine to a friend who needed a TS to build a deck.

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I literally just bought the plans for this one last night. I'm building a cabinet for my old Craftsman table saw and I needed a fence. This one will give LOADS of options, and I can taylor it to match the size that I need.

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