I have it. I think it is an "ok" book but it's difficult to follow the flow
of information. For instance, he constantly refers to his "Universal Rip
Fence Attachment" but does not tell you where the diagrams are, how to
attach things to it etc. You must go through the entire book to connect
ideas and find things. The jigs are neat to look at though! I prefer Roger
Cliffe's book, and as for the jigs, you can pick up any "best of"
woodworking magazine, or through the web and find as good or better jigs.
See if your library has it first before keeping it.
I started to make his rip fence jig, but stopped after looking at the
attachment method. His plan calls for drilling and tapping holes in
the top of the existing fence. With a thickness of just 3/32", it
would engage less than two full threads of the attachment bolts. I'm
concerned that the threads would strip out after a short time. Has
anybody had any trouble with this happening?
My fence is Jet's newer Exacta II (re-badged HTC 900). The fence faces
are attached with clips that allow the face to slip off with a push
from the rear. I'm thinking of replacing the face with a modified
version of Tolpin's jig, using a single vertical face about 8" high.
Sort of a wide,short "T" on its side , rather than Tolpin's "L". Of
course this leads to readjusting the rip scale when switching back and
forth, or making sure the new jig thickness exactly matches the
original 23/32" face.
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