I just bought a General International table saw, and it came with
General's Bies clone rip fence.
The faces of the fence appear to be baltic birch, laminated with
slippery stuff on the sides and with the edging protected with some kind
of extruded plastic T-shaped stuff that fits into a groove in the ply.
This T-shaped edging extends down around the front/back of the faces,
and it appears that the force of the inserted edging has bulged out the
sides of the fence slightly at the front and back. It's maybe 22 thou
or so--definately noticeable.
I was a bit concerned about this, so I went and checked a bunch of saws
at the store--it seemed that pretty much all of the ones with this
design of fence face (various different brands) exhibited this same problem.
Has anyone else noticed this? Is it an issue? It seems like it would
cause problems if the fence isn't totally straight.
Looking for some input from more experienced people...