View Full Version : home made table saw fence troubles

09-12-2006, 07:17 PM
My table saw fence is home made with a 1" square rail bolted onto the front edge of the saw table and a 1" by 2" aluminum tube clamped to the rail by the heads of two socket head cap screws on the table side and a 1/4" 20 tpi brass flat headed machine screw pushing on the other side of the rail. When the brass screw is tightened, it scrubs on the side of the rail and makes it move out of adjustment. I need to get some kind of a slipping pad attached to the end of the screw so it doesn't want to walk out of adjustment, kind of like what you find on the end of a C clamp. How can I fix this without spending a ton of money?

The parts are mostly aluminum so I can't weld anything to them. I could solder to the brass tightener. I thought that maybe a small ball bearing would work but the hdwe store didn't have the small size that I wanted. Anybody have any good ideas?

09-12-2006, 07:45 PM
good evening.

tool places sell those pads. Reid supply has them. Travers too.

google is your friend.


09-12-2006, 08:31 PM
See the last picture:



Paul Alciatore
09-13-2006, 12:42 AM
Buy some small C clamps with 1/4-20 threads and butcher them for the screws and end pads. The end pads can be forced off by backing the screw off and then staked back on after installing the screws on the saw.

Or if you have a lathe, make the pads and turn the ends of the screws to fit through them and then stake them with a punch. More fun this way.

09-13-2006, 08:54 AM
good evening.

tool places sell those pads. Reid supply has them. Travers too.

Reid's workholding section (https://reidecom.reidtool.com/xephr/edit/CATEGORY?query=*CATALOG_ID=ARFF05&query=*START_WITH_ID=3796)

What he want is under "Swivel Screw Clamp Systems". They sell the pads and threaded parts seperately, so the customer can mix and match.