How to Make a Table Rip Fence W/ JB Weld!




Okay, so I have an old cheap craftsman table saw, which I use for my small cozy garage wood shop. Now it only have a rip capacity of 11''. I need to make a new rip fence so it can rip up to 26''. So, I will show you how to make the actual fence, with JB weld, a 2 part epoxy for metal and other materials, rubbing alcohol, sand paper, and your metal.

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Step 1: Cut Your Metal

You can free hand cut your metal w/ a hacksaw, or use a vise like I did to cut you metal your dimensions.

Step 2: Mix Your JB Weld

FIRST sand the paint of your metal, and use rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oil and dirt. Mix your JB Weld on a piece of scrap wood, or card board squeezing out equal parts of hardener, and resin. Mix for like 1 minute, until a little gray color appears, and apply your JB Weld to the bare metal.

Step 3: Clamp It, Square It Up and Your Done!

Use clamps to clamp the fence to the table. and use a clamp on the joint to really give it some strength, and use a square to square it up, and wait 24 hours. Then make a set of rails for your fence to ride on and your done! Good luck!

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like mine better

    I might have liked yours more if you used more traditional building methods, like say bolting, or welding it together. JB Weld-it is OK for filler, but it is not a replacement for the methods I stated.

    If you have a drill press then you can drill steel. You just need sharp bits, a cutting lubricant, and run at the right speed. This is how you determine the correct running speed

    (PI X Dia. X RPM) / 12 = SFPM

    Drilling with a HSS twist drill into mild steel you want to run between 50-100 SFPM. Now you know why drill presses run at different speeds.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I know, but I only have a stick welder, and I was afraid it would twist up and distort the steel tubing. But the jb-weld actually is holding up much better than you think. I also added screws from the bottom.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I saw another build online where the person opted to weld the fence they made together. I considered that unsuitable myself for reasons similar to yours. I wanted my rip fence to be adjustable in every way. That is not really possible when things are welded up.