How to Make a Table Saw Fence

Apart from the table saw blade, which part do you think is the most important?  

Undoubtedly, it’s the table saw fence that comes into play when perfect alignment is required.

But as a matter of fact, not all quality table saws come with a quality table saw fence.

Consequently, you face difficulties aligning the workpiece parallel to the blade, which results in uneven cuts, burnt wood, kickbacks, and whatnot.

In this case, making a table saw fence by yourself might be a sensible resort. Hence today, I will show you how to make a table saw fence step by step!

However, let me pop the bubble by saying that making a DIY table saw fence wouldn’t be as easy as you might anticipate.

In fact, getting the best-fitted materials to craft a fence by yourself will be time-consuming and tiresome.

Hence, it’s advised to use whatever you have in your workspace, like some woods and a few batches of hardware. That won’t only reduce the expenditure but also ensure a pleasant result. Let’s see the steps!

Making a Tale Saw Fence – Step by Step

Here I will outline the whole process for making a table saw fence from scratch. Make sure you stick to the very end.

Step 1: Grab All the Essentials

The first thing you have to do is to gather all the required supplies for your table saw fence. Before you start moving to the next step, make sure you already have these,

  • A measurement tape
  • Jigsaw
  • Wooden screws (4 pieces)
  • Screw-threaded rod including nut
  • 2×4 square (1 piece)

Step 2: Fix the Dimension of Your Table Unit

This step is very crucial in order to create a table saw fence accurately. Hence, to determine the measurements, you have to take the measurement tape and start calculating the distance between the front side of your table unit and the rear side of the unit.

Generally, the table or surface you use to hold the table saw and other materials above is 24 to 36 inches in length. So, according to this, you gotta ensure that the rear and the front side of your table saw’s table is 2×4 minimum. Imagine a square as a reference to decipher precisely.

Step 3: Chop Off the 2×4 Square Equal to the Table’s Length

Here’s where the jigsaw comes into play. You have to cut two caps at the ends of a 2×4 measurement using the jigsaw. Make sure you attach the trimmed caps to the front, and rear side of your table saw fence.

Once you are done, use the same jigsaw and cut 2×4, similar to the table’s dimension. Ensure accuracy by using the measuring tape. Also, for increased accuracy, consider dragging a line or mark where you have started cutting or use a square to determine the cutline.

Step 4: Assembling All the Pieces

After you have cut down all the necessary wood pieces following the measurements properly, it’s time to attach them together to give them a structure. First, engage the end caps to the 2×4 that you trimmed down, replicating the table’s length.

Make sure you attach the caps by both edges. You will approximately require a 3-inch deck screw to join them perfectly.

Now, before you perform that, don’t forget to poke some pilot holes or a small hole that follows a full-sized hole ahead as a guide. Keep the depth 3 inches long. However, ensure that the deck screws remain bigger than the dimension of the hole’s diameter.

Step 5: Test-run

Now, it’s time to assess whether the new table saw fence that you made by yourself fit appropriately or not.

In order to do that, layout the new 2×4 fence on the surface table or the table that you are using for holding the table saw.

If that fits properly, then you can rest assured that your table saw fence has successfully been made with utmost accuracy.

However, if you find any error, then perhaps you messed up cutting in accurate measurements. And here, you can loosen the nuts to pull out the screws to disengage all the links so that you can redo it.

Step 6: Secure the Grip

Lastly, install the threaded screw by the end caps at any side of your table saw fence. When you drill down a threaded rod or a threaded screw, it instantly safeguards the rip fence with the table so that it adheres to each other rigidly.

While you are installing the threaded screw, make sure that you drill pilot holes here as well at one side of the 2×4 fence.

To conclude, attach the twist nut and end piece for the rod while nudging it as tight as possible against the saw.

Here you go, your table saw fence now has a tightening system from where you can control the tightening extremity.

And this one is luckily one of the biggest perks of pilot holes apart from the advantage of cutting down its own threads.

Safety Measurements

I almost forgot telling you to take safety measurements before you start making your table saw fence.

Here you don’t really need extreme precautions, but if you are going to cut or trim wood batches, then you have to. Safety goggles and a pair of hand gloves will be enough. Also, make sure to work on a stable surface that supports the pieces of machinery above.

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So that was the most straightforward process of making a table saw fence. However, apart from this DIY method, there are plenty of them which work diversely.

Undoubtedly, you can say that the making process varies from one type to another and depends on your requirements or various purposes.

Hence, if you are determined that it won’t work for you or stand up to your demands, then make sure wading through other sites or YouTube.

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