Table Saw Fence Jig
A table saw fence jig is used to adjust the height of your table saw fence. A good quality one will allow you to easily set the exact length of your fence without having to measure it or guess at it.
You can use a simple t-square or a ruler with a slight angle (a level) as reference when setting up your jig.
The first thing you need to do is determine which side of the fence you want to be on top. If your fence is square, then you will have two sides – the top and bottom.
Measure from each end of these two sides using a ruler or t-square. Then divide the measurement into four equal parts. For example, if your fence measures 4 feet long, divide the total length of 4 feet by 4 to get 2.5 feet. Next, multiply this number by 100 so that you are left with 1/100th of an inch. Now take your t-square and place it over the top edge of the fence and mark where you want to cut off 1/4 inch from each side of the fence. For example, if your fence measures 6″ x 12″, then you would take the measurement between the 2 corners of the fence. Then divide that number by two to get 18 inches. Next, multiply this number by 3.1415 to get 1/3 inch per foot. Finally, add 1/8th of an inch for every 4 feet for a total of 1/4 inch per foot. If you want to cut off 1/2 inch of overhang, then double the measurements (so it would be 1/200th of an inch, or 1/2 inch).
Once you have marked the spots where you want to cut off the extra material, you can use the same method to mark where you need to drill pilot holes for your screws. Most of these types of jigs will come with the right size for your screws.
Taking the time to set up a quality table saw fence jig will help you achieve professional results every time.
Table Saw Fence and Table
It’s important to have a good fence and table for your saw. This is what holds the wood you are cutting and keeps it from falling off the edge of the table.
It is best to drill pilot holes and use screws instead of nails so the wood doesn’t split when you are joining it together.
The only thing left to do now is to connect the cut pieces together with the rest of the fence. This is where you need to be extra careful, as you are trying to join two pieces of wood together into an exact 90 degree angle.
You also can adjust the fence to keep the wood from sliding back and forth on the table while you are making your cut.
Your saw’s fence must be exactly parallel to the blade, or else your cuts won’t come out straight. The best way to do this is to use a square to make sure it is 90 degrees to the blade and then tighten the screws holding it in place at each end of the rails until it is tight.
Any slight error on your part can throw off the entire fence and cause it to not work properly.
When gluing the pieces together, try to clamp them as tight as you can without shifting their positions. After they have dried you should drill pilot holes and use screws to make sure they don’t shift while you are using the fence.
Now you are ready to cut the ends of the fence to length. These need to be exactly the right length, so if they are not perfect you may need to sand or plane them down before you attach them to the gate.
With the fence attached, your table saw is almost fully functional. There is one more thing you can do that will make it a lot easier to move around your shop and even store it away when you aren’t using it.
Congratulations on building your own table saw fence! With the jig and the fence, you will be able to make straight cuts like a professional.
The easiest way to do this is to build small rolling base. This helps you move it around when you are cutting long pieces of wood.
If you can, put wheels on one end and a handle on the other end to help with steering. It should be the exact width of your table saw so that the two can be easily moved together.
You can even cover the top with a piece of plywood if you want to completely cover the wheels.
Your table saw will last for many, many years if you take good care of it and don’t abuse it. If you need to cut something larger than what can fit on your table, all you have to do is unscrew the fence and re-position it to make the cut as long as you need it to be.
With this project completed, your dream of having your own workshop is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Keep it in your garage or even inside your house if you have extra space there (just be sure that kids don’t try to play on it and bump into your sharp table saw).
If you are worried about someone stealing it (though this is unlikely as most people wouldn’t be able to move it far even if they did take it), you can build it to lock into position once the handle is down.
Your new rolling stand makes the table saw a lot easier to use. You’ve upgraded your house and made it more liveable and now you’ve upgraded your workshop, making it safer and more efficient.
You wonder what you could do to make your home more comfortable or attractive. Maybe after you get a little rest, inspiration will hit you.
Now you can cut straight down the middle of your garage and still have space to walk around.
The stand can also be used when moving it from place to place, though you will need at least two people to lift it. The good news is…
You crafted a tool that will allow you to build the house of your dreams!
In any case you are ready to take on whatever your next home improvement project may be.
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