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As the title says. I'm new to woodworking and am trying really hard to get stuff to line up correctly and be as safe as possible.
I got a Table Saw for Christmas from my wife and I've noticed that the fence is not very good. I worry the far side will be slimmer than the near side and pinch and cause injury. I've looked up some aftermarket fences but they all seem very long.
Does anyone have any recommendations for how to go about this? I want to stay safe and I want STRAIGHT cuts.
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I doubt you'll find anything aftermarket made for the plastic table saws. I had a Ryobi many years ago, and it was absolutely terrible, especially in terms of safety. Even if you replaced the fence with something perfect, the saw can tip over from the force of you pushing wood through it, and it has a host of other problems that make it unsuitable for fine woodworking. They're borderline ok for construction work.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for That came off a bit more harsh than I'd originally intended, sorry. tl;dr: don't spend money on an aftermarket fence, save up for a better table saw instead.
Yeah that seems to be the best route, I just feel bad because she bought me it : x
The first purchase I made was that exact table saw. The miter slots were non-conforming sizes, the fence and miter gauge were loose. I used it for 4 months before realizing that I needed something better if I wanted to do any serious projects. I ended up finding a Ridgid TS3650 on craigslist for a great deal. My Ryobi saw is collecting dust in the corner of my shop now. However, as far as the gift is concerned, its the thought that counts;very considerate of your wife to buy that for you... even through it isn't the ideal saw.
Yeah man, tough love here, I have -3- of the "blue" versions of that saw, they are HORRIBLE tools, and dangerous.
I'd throw that baby up on craigslist for $125 and start looking for a nice old table saw you can upgrade.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I posted my results a couple months ago with a $100 craftsman and I am loving my new old saw and use it a LOT. Best $270 I've spent (saw + fence + casters)
Look into making your own out of good plywood. Their are some excellent builds out there. I'll be brief on this next point. Buy 7 1/4" skil saw blades for it. They fit, are cheaper, have thinner kerfs (less power needed to cut through less wood) and the smaller diameter puts more torque at the teeth than 10" blades. I have a ryobi and it can take 1.5 oak without a problem/burning/bogging. The fence is crap and I'm planning on building a plywood top and fence, it will add surface area to the table and weight to the saw. Plus with a 3/4" top added with the smaller blade, I expect to easily get 2"+ for blade height. If one is looking to saw anything thicker, then a portable cheapie tablesaw is the wrong place to start. Check out woodgears.ca or ibuildit.ca, one of those two has a top and fence build on it and lots of other great stuff. Good luck.
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