Don't Fence Your Benchtop In
Like a lot of woodworkers, I inset my mitersaw lower into my benchtop so I could use the bench as stock support. I wanted to use a workstop for repetitive cuts, but I didn't want to sacrifice usable bench space by running a fence down the middle of it, so here's what worked for me.
Instead of a fence, I routed a 3⁄4 " slot 3⁄8 " deep where the fence would have been and placed a self-sticking, left- reading measuring tape in the bottom of it. For a workstop, I tighten my tablesaw's feather board—the kind that clamps into the miter-gauge slot—in the fence slot as shown at top. On those occasions when I need a fence, I simply drop a 3"-thick fence in the slot.
—Larry Niehus, Sioux City, Iowa