A table saw fence is an important part of any table saw setup. Helps ensure your cuts end up perfectly square, clean, and free of rough edges or other blemishes. If you have an old or outdated table saw, buying a new fence is a good way to improve the quality of your cutting capabilities without spending the money to buy a new saw. Of course, the best results will come from a high-quality saw combined with a high-quality fence, but some degree of flexibility is possible.
Gather your supplies
Before beginning the installation process, collect the following tools and other materials:
Installing a table saw fence
Although the exact installation procedure varies depending on the type of saw and the model of fence you have, most table saw fences are easy to install in just a few minutes. Those that have a wider range of flexibility and additional configurations may require some additional steps. In all cases, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions exactly when setting up a new table saw fence. Generally, however, the installation process involves the following steps.
Step 1: Secure the blade
First, put the saw blade in place by holding the saw to the guide post on the table. This will provide a stable and stable guide for your fence installation.
Step 2: place the fence
Then set up the fence according to the instructions or based on your preference, if there are a variety of possible configurations for the fence. Most fences will have sets of wing nuts that screw into the edges of the table. Secure the fence in place by hand and then screw in the wing nuts to firmly lock the fence in place. The fence will provide a boundary or barrier for you to use when placing pieces of wood or cutting boards.
Selecting a table saw fence
There are several important considerations to take into account when selecting a new fence for your table saw. Of primary importance is the quality of materials and construction. Solid, heavy fences will stay in place and won’t budge, allowing for a straighter, cleaner cut. Look for fences with secure end fasteners that prevent them from shifting during your work.
Consider the projects for which you will be using your table saw. Different fences suit different types of work, and a fence may be too small or too large for you, depending on how you plan to use it. A hardware professional or carpenter can help you identify an appropriate size fence.
Ease of installation is another important factor to consider when making your selection. If you are unfamiliar with table saw installation projects, consider purchasing a fence that is easy to replace.
A good table saw provides accurate, easy-to-read measurements. Some brands and brands have a better reputation than others when it comes to precision. This is important to think about because it will affect the final appearance of your work.
Table saw fences are available at most hardware stores and through a variety of online retailers. Consult with a hardware specialist for further advice.