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post #1 of 13 Old 03-16-2009, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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my wife thinks I should take up cocaine...

as she thinks it would be cheaper than woodworking.

I had an older Rockwell 220V table saw basically given to me recently, but there is no fence or rails. The rest of the saw is fine.
What are my options? I've tried looking around on EBay and CL, but no luck. I have seen a few on line at Lee Valley, but the Incra model is not available here.
Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-16-2009, 11:06 PM
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I can tell you this, Your wife might be right. I can't tell you how much $$ I have invested in my hobby, but its a lot. As for the fence for your saw, I would keep searching for a place to get one. Try a Google search for your particular saw.

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Try grizzly,they may have one that works.Good Luck!
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I've never tried cocaine but I've snorted lots of sawdust,,,,,,,,, just gives me sinus problems.

Oh, if you were trying to find a fence to match the old Rockwell rails, you would probably have trouble finding that. But since you need rails too, that shouldn't be much of a problem. I agree with Rick, try Grizzly. Their rails can probably be easily adapted to fit the old Rockwell.
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You can also check out the delta t2 fence. It's offered by either home depot, or lowes for around $160.

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I would think that there are several aftermarket stuf that should work for you......I'd keep looking......try Craftsman for giggles.....
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I have a PDF file of the manual for the old Rockwell/Delta 10" Contractor's saw ( circa 1977 )

Although it's not the same saw as yours, it does have photos, drawings, and part numbers that may match up. This could make finding the parts easier.

The file will not upload here, so I'd have to email it to you.
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You may think I'm nuts, and I just might be but let me tell you what I did in this situation. When I started a full time woodworking business in 1982 all I had for a saw was a 10" craftsman that I purchased new in 1972. After maybe 1 month of use the fence broke and since I had all my money tied up in trying to start a new business I had to punt. For what seemed like an eternity I simply used a piece of "Purple Heart," (because I had one) and made a fence out of it. Yes, I just clamped it on with two "c-clamps" and sawed away. Each time I had to change the fence I had to loosen the clamps and tighten them up again. It was an absolute pain, but I measured well and never had a piece bind or kick back. I now have a Powermatic 66 which I dearly love but I learned one thing from that experience....if you want to make it work you can. I did use a set of anti-kick back hold down wheels on the fence because you can never be too safe.

I don't do it full time anymore but I still have a nice shop and that saw is still in there, I still use it and it still has the same piece of Purpleheart wood for a fence (gets used maybe once every couple of years.) The saw actually has been heavily moldified with 6' long angle iron pieces bolted on the top edges for the c-clamps to attach to, an extra long shaft for a dado head and a larger motor. I also never let ANYONE ELSE use it.....ever!!!

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Try explaining to the wife... a second router . My wife (also the $ bookkeeper) usually just shakes her head and starts mumbling things I can't quite make out, when a new tool is mentioned...
That's true love.
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Ahhh, sawdust. The most addictive drug in the world in my opinion. Just wait 'til you get some wood milled yourself. Then you will be wanting one of those sawmills and the gadgets that go with it, along with all of the regular 'required' tools. Is there a sawdust anonymous? I have to admit, having a mill now makes it easier to justify better shop tools to the wife since I have all of this rough sawn wood that is going to need a home eventually.

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More addictive and actually more toxic. But it smells a lot better!
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You may find a fence to fit your saw at It is a site for all old shop tools for woodworking.

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Piece of wood and 2 clamps?
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