I have the SH-5 and overall it's a great device - with one exception. I
found the fences (made of what appears to be melamine coated mdf)have a
tendency to flex when pressure is put on them while ruining a board
through.. I was using the fence to put a straight edge on some boards that I
wanted to edge-join.
What I did to correct my problem was cut a couple of mortises in a couple of
pieces of walnut, drilled a couple of holes in my tabletop where the SH5 is
mounted, so I could slide the walnut up to the fences once they were set in
place. This kept them from flexing.
In the meantime, I've since picked up some heavy aluminum angle and will be
redesigning the wings of the fence to use the aluminum. There's no way it
should flex once installed.
Apart from this one thing I've found the Freud SH5 to be a fine piece of