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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
First thing that pops into my pea brain regarding TS fences is.....Are we talking "full length" fences or the short style?Further,one that adjusts its termination point....AKA Delta Unifence.
Not trying to confuse anything but there are some real inerrant differences.We make use of a "unifence"(shop built) on a short stroke slider TS that honestly,I couldn't live without.Yes you can clamp pcs on a std fence and have it "act" like an adj,but they are a trifle cumbersome in actual use.....mainly wrestlin with clamps.
But it isn't a problem,more of an opportunity......just need a clamp-less way to adj/slide the auxiliary fence.Use some Tee bolts(or sumthin)coming through the std fence to engage a matching slot on the backside of the add-on fence.And you don't have to mill that slot.It can be formed by building up layers,which will create any necessary offsets.A cpl of those nice,adj lever lock handles you see on much equip these days can be had from the usual suspects(Rockler,Woodcraft,etc).
If you make an aux fence....shoot for 1" thick and your rip scale will be an easy read(vs having some oddball number).Get on Ebay,IMO...can not be beat for "real time" research on what is currently available,and what the price point is.Then you can go find one or build one.
Steel pricing these days,unless you're hooked up with a shop that you can piggy back a small order.....is almost a deal killer when comparing shop-built vs buying used.It can be done,but doesn't fully come into focus(saving/making money)until you are building one off's that simply don't exist.And even then,finding bent,broken,abused stock fences and rehabbing them still makes a little more $$ sense.Best of luck,BW
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