In this instructable you will see how I created the easiest, steadiest, strongest fully functional homemade table saw fence system. It’s really simple and I think that anyone can build it, in no time!
The innovation of this build, is these 2 pieces of wood, cut in an angle, (that in combination with the cam profile of wood I made, to tighten it further as I puss down the handle), make it really steady and strong.
Here are the dimensions of the pieces of wood that I needed to build this fence. I used woods that I found in my workshop, just to show you the patent. But as I have already said, in my previous version… the best wood for these structures is plywood.
After I cut all the pieces of wood, in the right dimensions, I started the assembling.
For this part of the fence, I glued 2 pieces 8 by 8cm together and before I cut it into a circle, I drilled a hole, in order to put the handle in it later.
Now, with this way, I cut it into a circle.
I sanded the handle and the round piece of wood, glued them together and filled the gaps with dust.
For this part of the fence I used melamine, so that all the pieces that I am going to cut, can slide smoothly on the fence, with no problem.
I placed PVC perimetrically and with a putty knife, in this direction, I cleaned all the edges.
Now, for this part of the fence, I glued, nailed and screwed these 2 pieces together.
…and then I repeated the same process for the guide rail of the fence.
I sanded the edges of both pieces, so that when they fit together, their tips don’t touch with each other, allowing these pieces to be tightened together nicely and strong, with no problem.
Then I glued, nailed and screwed this piece onto the guide rail, which will be mounted later on the table saw.
Now, for this part of the fence, I started putting together all the pieces of wood that I needed.
After that, I took these two pieces, found their center, aligned them and screwed them together. This can be done using a try square or checking the distance, between the blade and the fence, with a tape measure.
I shaped this part of the wood with a rasp, so that the round wood with the handle, can be tightened on the guide rail, without them bothering each other.
After these two pieces were aligned, I took the piece I made before and placed them together.
Then I put the round wood with the handle, between these pieces of the fence, found the right place that can be tightened on the guide rail and I drilled an 8mm hole, straight and right through, far from the center, in order to make it a cam wood.
I tested it with an 8mm pin and works really fine.
To avoid the wood splitting up when it is tightened, I placed this little piece of pipe (with an outer diameter of 10mm and an inner diameter of 8mm, same as the pin), into the round wood and these two washers on the outer side.
And now, I glued and screwed the two pieces of melamine, on both sides of the fence.
I cut the 8mm pin in the right length, sanded it, drilled the 2 holes at the edges, (to put later the two nails that will hold it in place) and then placed it together with the round wood.
I placed this piece of wood, at this part, in order to prevent the round wood with the handle, from going lower than it should...
...making sure that it stops on the guide rail, exactly at the point where it is tight enough.
I also added PVC tape on the round wood, for it to be tightened even better on the guide rail.
To show you how it works in practice, I used the top surface of my previous table saw and there we go!
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it!