The back rail never touches the fence. It is used to hold the table and
table extensions in line. 2.5" angle would have to be drilled so that
the top edge of the "L" didn't extend above the table. There's not much
room between the rear 1.5" angle and the blade guard/splitter support
arm. It seems it might be a tight squeeze to clear the support for the
blade guard/splitter with the blade tilted to 45 degrees as the support
arm swings up slightly as the blade if tilted.
Given that you can buy them already with a nice
powder coating on them, why would you want to ???
You could visit the Biesemeyer site at one time
and check out factory "blems" but apparently
"Black & Darker" has removed that "feature".
Being "alert" would be better... Lowe's has
been selling 30" Biesemeyer fences for under
$100 for the last few months......
I got one for $62...(beep-beep)
Depends on what I'm building. Sometimes hardly ever, other times, every
other cut. If you use a decent amount of sheet goods, you'll use it often.
Remember, with precautions, the fence also makes a great stop for
For example, say I'm dadoing a bunch of identical 7' shelf sides. I set
the fence, drop the stock into the sled and make all the cuts with the
end butted against the fence. If 52" is too short, I work from the
other end. For through crosscuts, I add a block to the fence to prevent
pinching the stock between the blade and fence.
If you're not using more than 30", the rest of the table can also be
handy for holding stacks of parts as you machine them.
Since I don't have long rails, never.
For me, the only possible use of the longer rails would be ripping off
less than 18" (the offcut) from a 4x8 sheet.
IMO, more important than rail length in ripping sheet goods, is fore
and aft support of the sheet. Let's face it: ripping a 4x8 sheet on a
table saw is a PITA...the sheet is heavy and awkward and the fence
doesn't extend far enough forward. Those deficiencies can be
mitigated but you are then devoting a HUGE area to the table saw.
Best solution is an honest to gawd panel saw...one of those jobbies
where you can stand a sheet vertically, position the saw carriage,
push a button and the cushioned carriage arms clamp the work in place,
saw comes down and cuts, saw returns to top when finished. I covet
one of those, will never have it though <sigh>.
Ditto. But measuring to the other side of the blade on sheet goods has
become such second nature that I don't even worry about it. That long
"horse" on the left supports the longer piece almost as well as SWMBO. Well,
better, but don't tell her. Has some of that UHMW plastic up top. Now if
only I could get better access to the on/off switch. SWMBO says it's my gut
growing larger, but I think they're making the panels wider.
That, and I was obliged, under pressure, to sell my pickup in favor of a
grandchild-carrying vehicle with a back seat last year. Now I take my big
aluminum fence, my cutting plan, and my 18V Bosch circular and/or jig saws
with me to the home center. I cut there and stack on the roof rack. Hate
to pull the trailer for just a sheet or two.
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