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Old August 10th 03, 03:05 AM
Ted Rose
 
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OK, first things first, I'm a newbie to this wonderful hobby of woodworking,
which I am finding is just a black hole to throw money into. Anyway, on to
the question. I recently bought a craftsman 10" direct drive table saw with
a full size 27" wide cast iron top. Unfortunately the fence that came with
the saw just plain sucks and I was looking for some suggestions on a fence
system for this saw. Price will play a large part in the consideration of
this purchase due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting in less than
a month. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks,
Ted



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Old August 10th 03, 01:34 PM
Traves W. Coppock
 
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On Sun, 10 Aug 2003 02:05:04 GMT, "Ted Rose"
Crawled out of the shop and said. . .:

OK, first things first, I'm a newbie to this wonderful hobby of woodworking,
which I am finding is just a black hole to throw money into. Anyway, on to
the question. I recently bought a craftsman 10" direct drive table saw with
a full size 27" wide cast iron top. Unfortunately the fence that came with
the saw just plain sucks and I was looking for some suggestions on a fence
system for this saw. Price will play a large part in the consideration of
this purchase due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting in less than
a month. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks,
Ted


First off, congrats on your soon to be larger family. my wife and i
have tried for years, and cannot make little ones,,,oh well, that's
another thread for another group.

anyhow, two things.
1. a decent aftermarket fence for your DD sears TS is going to cost
more than i would think you paid for the saw.
there is however an upside to this.
any fence you buy can be moved to a different saw about a month after
you put it on this one. trust me, you are going to want a new TS and
soon.
2. my personal recommendation is the Excalibur fence system.
it locks front and rear, takes a lot of abuse, moves effortlessly, and
stays true.

again, congrats, and good luck with your new baby,,,oh! and the new
child!
lmao

Traves
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Old August 10th 03, 08:04 PM
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What kind of a DIYer would you be if you didn't take a straight piece of
wood and clamp it to the TS for use as a fence.
Good luck.
BigJoe






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OK, first things first, I'm a newbie to this wonderful hobby of

woodworking,
which I am finding is just a black hole to throw money into. Anyway, on

to
the question. I recently bought a craftsman 10" direct drive table saw

with
a full size 27" wide cast iron top. Unfortunately the fence that came

with
the saw just plain sucks and I was looking for some suggestions on a fence
system for this saw. Price will play a large part in the consideration of
this purchase due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting in less

than
a month. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks,
Ted




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Old August 11th 03, 01:47 AM
GTO69RA4
 
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Heck, I got through a year of woodworking with that setup. Now that I have a
decent table saw (1972 Rockwell contractor's), the stock fence on that is great
to me.

GTO(John)

What kind of a DIYer would you be if you didn't take a straight piece of
wood and clamp it to the TS for use as a fence.
Good luck.
BigJoe






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http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/kb8qlrjoe/index.html

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Old August 11th 03, 02:14 PM
Lazarus Long
 
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I put a Biesemeyer on mine.


On Sun, 10 Aug 2003 02:05:04 GMT, "Ted Rose"
wrote:

OK, first things first, I'm a newbie to this wonderful hobby of woodworking,
which I am finding is just a black hole to throw money into. Anyway, on to
the question. I recently bought a craftsman 10" direct drive table saw with
a full size 27" wide cast iron top. Unfortunately the fence that came with
the saw just plain sucks and I was looking for some suggestions on a fence
system for this saw. Price will play a large part in the consideration of
this purchase due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting in less than
a month. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks,
Ted




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Old August 14th 03, 03:18 AM
Traves W. Coppock
 
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On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 01:48:52 GMT, Mapdude
Crawled out of the shop and said. . .:

Sears sells one on their web site for around $160. Can't say if it is
any good or not. Never seen it in the flesh. Any one have any
experience with it?



don't bother with it.
its less than worth the price they want for what you are getting, and
for another 100$ or less, you can get a great fence that will last you
for years.

Traves
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Old August 14th 03, 05:15 AM
nuk
 
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On Sun, 10 Aug 2003 02:05:04 GMT, Ted Rose wrote:
OK, first things first, I'm a newbie to this wonderful hobby of woodworking,
which I am finding is just a black hole to throw money into. Anyway, on to
the question. I recently bought a craftsman 10" direct drive table saw with
a full size 27" wide cast iron top. Unfortunately the fence that came with
the saw just plain sucks and I was looking for some suggestions on a fence
system for this saw. Price will play a large part in the consideration of
this purchase due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting in less than
a month. Any suggestions are appreciated.


Depending on the saw, it might be difficult/impossible to fit one of the
'regular' aftermarket fenceds like Biesemeyer, Vega, HTC, etc. to the
small direct drive bench top saws. Full sized cast iron top might make
a difference, though. AccuSquare/MuleCab is about the cheapest of the
mainline aftermarket fences, though sometimes you can find a
scratch-n-dent universal fit Biesemeyer Home Shop on clearance. Vega
was looking pretty good last time I looked. For now I'm making do w/
the Align-A-Rip 24/24 that came w/ my (used) saw. Finally have it
whipped half-ways into line, I think. This is the fence that is used on
the larger/full-size Craftsman and Ridgid contractor's saws and locks up
front and back. Some love it, some hate it (the front-n-back locking).
Me, I'm not sure yet, but front-only like a Bies is looking pretty good
lately.

Another option might be to dig around Rousseau (www.rousseau.com) and
see if they have an aftermarket fence system to fit your saw. Seems
they focus on fences and accessories for benchtop/portables. Never
heard anything bad about them, other than being a little spendy (a good
aftermarket fence for a contractor saw may cost up to half what the saw
itself cost, where on a portable it might cost *as much* as what the saw
did!), but that's the nature of the game w/ these little beasts, it
seems.

HTH,

nuk

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and not nearly enough to do very many useful things.


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