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Rip fence glides along

Rip fence glides along

The rip fence on my Powermatic 66 tablesaw didn't glide as smoothly across the tabletop as I liked, so I made a $5 improvement. I bought a 2" fixed rubber caster at the hardware store and attached it to the bottom of the far end of the fence as shown below. The wheel rolls on the angle iron attached to the back of the saw. I put a spacer between the caster and the fence to give me 1/32" clearance above the tabletop. The fence now glides effortlessly across the table.

-- William Marazita, Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Comments (8)
wdchip wrote:

Larry Doug, where did you end up when you were done wandering...I wonder?

2/10/2011 02:34:47 PM Report Abuse
hwieland2 wrote:

I tried this years ago, but found sawdust buildup continually raised the fence and had to keep cleaning the roller. I used a teflon pad with much better results.

2/10/2011 09:59:41 AM Report Abuse
frankcurnayn wrote:

Does a buildup of sawdust on the angle iron interfere with the operation?

2/3/2011 06:42:08 PM Report Abuse
Larry Doug wrote:

Great idea, was wandering how to keep fence from dragging across table.

2/3/2011 04:13:42 PM Report Abuse
dadzor wrote:


2/3/2011 02:35:50 PM Report Abuse
billrd01 wrote:

Really cool !

5/6/2010 04:10:04 PM Report Abuse
hansonthomasw wrote:

I've been thinking of doing the same thing, now I will.

5/6/2010 10:02:58 AM Report Abuse
h_r_herrmann1 wrote:

I'm going to look at my saw and see if I can adapt this.

4/8/2010 09:27:41 PM Report Abuse

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