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toller
 
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I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6! That
is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That will
require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost nothing
at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it cut the
Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or the saw?
(I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall, but it will
look like I used my sawzall.


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Rob Stokes
 
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Congrats Toller, good score!

I've got the same fence and really like it. I consider it one of the better
products out there (simple snd cheap) and it never gets any attention.

Regardless, Why cut it? I have my router table in the wing of the saw as
well and and I did was inlay a couple of pieces of T-track into the face of
the table, cut the "T" portion off the first inch of each piece so I can
drop the T-bolts in and voila! When I need the fence, I put it on and when I
don't, It's hanging on the wall in seconds.

You can see the table and (blue) inserts here (don't have the fence on
though):
http://www.robswoodworking.com/images/table_saw.jpg

As for the extra length, I let it run long (hang over the table) and it's
never once been in the way.

good luck and good score!

Rob

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"toller" wrote in message
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I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6!

That
is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That

will
require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost

nothing
at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it cut the
Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or the saw?
(I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall, but it

will
look like I used my sawzall.




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In article , toller wrote:
I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6! That
is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That will
require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost nothing
at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it cut the
Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or the saw?
(I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall, but it will
look like I used my sawzall.



The various BORG sell 'cheapie' (as in under $10) blades expressly designed
for cutting soft metals like AL. I'd go that way. I've used those blades,
and they do OK, particularly if you go at it 'nice and easy'.


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Take it to a metal shop with a tray of coffees....
I had to remove a hardened steel door pin from a hinge on my jeep, seized in
there really good. I took it to a metal shop around the corner from me and
stood back while 4 guys worked for 20 minutes to get it out. Cost: $5.40 for
4 large Tim Horton coffees.
-Brian

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I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6!
That is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That
will require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small
problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost
nothing at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it
cut the Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or
the saw? (I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall,
but it will look like I used my sawzall.



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toller wrote:

I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6! That
is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That will
require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost nothing
at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it cut the
Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or the saw?
(I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall, but it will
look like I used my sawzall.



I made a 27" fence out of my 28" aluminum Incra miter gauge by cutting
it with my good Forrest Woodworker II. A nice clean cut and it didn't
hurt the blade at all.

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Jack Novak
Buffalo, NY - USA

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toller wrote:

I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6!
That is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That
will require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small
problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost
nothing at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it
cut the Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or
the saw? (I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall,
but it will look like I used my sawzall.


I made a 27" fence out of my 28" aluminum Incra miter gauge by cutting it
with my good Forrest Woodworker II. A nice clean cut and it didn't hurt
the blade at all.

Great, I was hoping someone else had tried it...


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toller wrote:

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toller wrote:


I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6!
That is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That
will require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small
problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost
nothing at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it
cut the Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or
the saw? (I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall,
but it will look like I used my sawzall.


I made a 27" fence out of my 28" aluminum Incra miter gauge by cutting it
with my good Forrest Woodworker II. A nice clean cut and it didn't hurt
the blade at all.


Great, I was hoping someone else had tried it...


Note that I didn't say that I made the 27" fence on purpose though.

--
Jack Novak
Buffalo, NY - USA

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toller wrote:

"no(SPAM)vasys" wrote in message
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toller wrote:


I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6!
That is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That
will require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small
problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost
nothing at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it
cut the Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion,
or the saw? (I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my
sawzall, but it will look like I used my sawzall.

I made a 27" fence out of my 28" aluminum Incra miter gauge by cutting it
with my good Forrest Woodworker II. A nice clean cut and it didn't hurt
the blade at all.


Great, I was hoping someone else had tried it...


Note that I didn't say that I made the 27" fence on purpose though.

Oh, I missed that... But isn't it great that others can benefit from your
error?
I have a friend who published an article on what didn't work to save a
patient he injected with 100X the proper dosage of a medicine. Same idea.


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"no(SPAM)vasys" wrote in
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I made a 27" fence out of my 28" aluminum Incra miter gauge by cutting
it with my good Forrest Woodworker II. A nice clean cut and it didn't
hurt the blade at all.


Intentionally? Because when I did that to the 36" Duginske/Kreg I had, it
wasn't with malice aforethought. The blade was no worse for wear.

I was a little pi$$ed at myself, however, for paying so little attention to
the setup.

Patriarch
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toller wrote:
I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6! That
is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That will
require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost nothing
at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it cut the
Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or the saw?
(I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall, but it will
look like I used my sawzall.


I've cut aluminum on a table saw many times, using regular woodcutting
carbide blades. Works well. Wear goggles, and make sure the workpiece
is held firmly.

If the extrusion section is open so that you would be cutting in an
area not against the table, I'd consider flipping it and making two
passes.

John Martin



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On 3 Jun 2005 22:27:16 -0700, "John" wrote:



toller wrote:
I bought an unused Rockler router table fence at a garage sale for $6! That
is the small gloat.

I will be using it on a table I am making for my table saw wing. That will
require cutting the 36" fence down to 27". This is the small problem.

I have some dubious carbide table saw blades I picked up for almost nothing
at other garage sales. If I stick one in my table saw, will it cut the
Rockler aluminum extrusion without damaging me, the extrusion, or the saw?
(I don't care about the blades...) Sure, I can use my sawzall, but it will
look like I used my sawzall.


I've cut aluminum on a table saw many times, using regular woodcutting
carbide blades. Works well. Wear goggles, and make sure the workpiece
is held firmly.

If the extrusion section is open so that you would be cutting in an
area not against the table, I'd consider flipping it and making two
passes.

John Martin


or shimming it up with wood to make it lay flat, and cutting metal and wood in
one cut..


mac

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I bought a fence at a woodworking show a few years
ago and right after I installed it, I needed to make
a cut. I thought how nice that was gonna work. I
took the first 2" off the fence just as neat as a pin.

I still have that shorter fence to remind me of how
stupid I can be from time to time.


no(SPAM)vasys wrote:


I made a 27" fence out of my 28" aluminum Incra miter gauge by cutting
it with my good Forrest Woodworker II. A nice clean cut and it didn't
hurt the blade at all.


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I would advise you to clean sawdust out of the saw first, and not use
any dust collection. Hot metal can do BAD things to sawdust.
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