Jim Tolpin’s Universal Rip Fence

A simple fixture lets your table saw cut curves, patterns and tenons in one pass.
By Jim Tolpin
Pages: 84-90

From the February 2004 issue #139
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My universal fence fixture – the heart of my table saw system to which an entire galaxy of accessories can be attached – greatly expands the utility and ease of use of the table saw. With this system you can easily create a wide variety of joints with speed and precision: from tenons to tongue-in-groove and spline joints, to raised panels and rabbets.

It revolves around a single auxiliary fence that quickly bolts to my table saw’s existing Biesemeyer-style rip fence. Used by itself, this fixture (which is generally left in place as it does not interfere with most table saw operations), guides wide stock on edge through the blade. This fixture also incorporates a “Minitrack” T-slotted aluminum extrusion that accepts the 1/4″ x 20 attachment bolts of two or more shop-made hold-downs to keep stock flat to the table.

From the February 2004 issue #139
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