When trying to make very accurate cuts with my rip fence, I used to check the distance between the fence and my saw blade with a tape measure. But trying to hold the end of the tape against the rip fence and adjust it at the same time took more coordination than I could muster. So instead I made a simple set-up gauge for my rip fence.
There are many times when I need to attach a long auxiliary fence to the miter gauge on my table saw for extra support. As you can see in the drawing, it is nothing more than a hardwood guide that supports the miter gauge fence and keeps it from tipping when it is unsupported by the saw table.
When you use this tablesaw accessory, you will never wonder whether the corner you just cut is square. For hair-splitting accuracy, the beefy fence is fixed at 90 degrees to the blade and shows exactly where your saw blade cuts. And, the fence-leading design holds wider work pieces more solidly and keeps your work closer than fence-trailing jigs.
One of the easiest ways to cut plastic laminate sheets is using the tablesaw. But the thin sheets can slip under the rip fence on many saws and pose a hazard, not to mention ruin the cut. What is the fix? Clamp the auxiliary fence (shown) to your saws rip fence and make dead-on cuts every time.
When cutting rabbets on a table saw, I always clamp on an auxiliary rip fence. The problem is the clamps always seem to be in the way and the fence eventually gets all chewed up. So I made a permanent auxiliary fence with replaceable inserts.
When it comes to cutting tenons on the end of a workpiece, I usually use the table saw fitted with a dado blade. The problem with this method is that the cheeks of the tenons can end up pretty rough.
Ever wish you could raise (or lower) the top of your workbench just a few inches to make it a little bit easier to work on a project? Or use the bench as an outfeed support by rolling it around the shop so it is right next to one of your stationary tools? That is where the idea came from for this adjustable-height assembly table. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
Construction only takes a few tools. A tablesaw, drill, handsaw and router are all you need, although a jigsaw would come in handy too. For lumber, I used the fence-grade cedar you can find in any home-improvement centre.
A tablesaw tenon jig like the one shown here is easy to build and easy to use on any saw with a plain, unencumbered rip fence. The jig is designed to ride along the fence, offering sliding movement accurately parallel to blade as well as easy positioning for cutting centered or offset tenons, lap joints and bridle joints.
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