DIY Table Saw Rip Fence Q&A


A few weeks ago I did a Q and A video on the
very first video on the table saw workstation series of upgrades. Today I thought I would
continue on and answer some questions on the rip fence. Before I do that however, I’d like
to go over something that came up after the last video. The table saw workstation itself
has been in my shop for going on twelve years now. At the time my wife and I lived in a
condo with a one car garage and our home owners association mandated that we had to be able
to park our car in that garage. So I had the space from the back wall of the garage to
the corner of the car to work with. That dictated the size of the workstation. YouTube didn’t
exist at the time. I didn’t have half the tools that I have now and I was brand new
to woodworking. I just made this up as I went along. Now, here is the point that I want
to make. How your suppose to do something and how your not suppose to do something is
an answer that can only be defined by you. In whatever space it is that you call your
workshop. You’ll never be able to define what those answers are unless you just get rid
of the excuses. Twelve years ago I didn’t use a lack of tools, experience or space as
an excuse for not doing what I had found a passion to do. My hope is that you would do
the same. Now I’ll get off my soap box and answer some questions about this rip fence.
Barry from England said he built this and he couldn’t get it to clamp down. That is
all the information I have to go off of so I can only hypothesize what the issue might
have been. One thing this is important to note is the length of the sides of the rip
fence. In my situation the distance from the front of the workstation to the back of the
workstation is twenty four inches. The length of my rip fence is twenty three and three
quarters inches. The other quarter of an inch is this piece right here. So the distance
from this back piece to this piece is twenty four inches. That way when I tighten it down
it will move those two pieces closer together, providing some clamping force. I built mine
out of scrape wood because it was a prototype. I didn’t know if it was going to work and
I didn’t see a need to waste good material on something that may or may not work out
in the end. After I built it and found that it worked, I thought well, it works, so why
waste good material replacing something that isn’t broken. One thing to note from the first
video was the step where I drilled an undersized hole for the head of the bolt for the front
mechanism. With this scrape two by four that I used that lasted about six months before
it striped out. In hind sight if I’d have used a hardwood that probably would have lasted
longer. What I ended up doing was just placing a washer and lock washer behind the head of
the bolt and that seems to be holding up just fine. No, it doesn’t stay parallel with the
blade. That is what I made this for. It is the rip fence alignment jig. I also found
this to be useful when measuring for the dadoes while building the vanity dresser. be sure
to check the description. I’ll have links down below. Don’t forget to visit me at simply
easy diy dot com, and be sure to check out my second channel called Simply Easy Homesteading. Until then.

15 Replies to “DIY Table Saw Rip Fence Q&A

  1. I like the soap section…Some of us are just looking for excuses not to make something..always needing another tool or bigger space.. some amazing projects I have seen came out of cramped little workshops with minimal tools and space…Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. I am close to retiring and love woodworking BUT I've wasted so much time with excuses. This past summer I had enough of the excuses and started getting into woodworking in a more serious fashion and I found this youtube community very helpful. Some of your videos have been both helpful and inspirational. Like you said it's not the tools but the will to do something that counts. Keep those videos coming.

  3. Brilliant. Thanks Stan for that I will now try again. I think one of the reasons as well was I found that part of the sides of my Table Saw Bench I made, were not 100% flush so I'm going to run my Router Trimmer (Christmas Present) along the edges to fix that problem, then go by your instructions and try again for Rip Fence Numb 2. I will let you know the outcome and possibly a picture?? that's if I'm happy with it ha ha.
    Keep up the great videos and thanks again.
    Barry from England.

  4. Great video, very inspirational, in my country there is some tools really expensive, some prices are prohibitive, here you need this kind of motivation, and the ideas of great woodworkers like izzy swan, matthias wandell, stumpy nubs, cosmas bauer or john heizn, this people and his home made machines are awesome!

  5. I have a dewalt job site saw, I am building a work table that I can set my saw in one end of the table and  have ample work space . you space is inspiring. thank you. I was curious if you had plans or could advise me where to get plans for work tables like you have for your drill press and band saw ? thanks. like your video's alot.

  6. Previously You mentioned Ryobi as a not good table saw…but You still have it. My current saw is really a piece of crap, so I'm going to change it soon. Ryobi is one option I have. Can You make some comments – how You can characterize this saw – positive, and negative aspects?

  7. Im really enjoying your videos….ive subscribed now :)If possible, can you perhaps make a video of how to make an outdoor bench which has built-in storage under the seat?

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