A rip fence on a table saw is an important part of the whole tool. With the rip fence you are able to make accurate cuts on a wide variety of projects. If you try to cut a piece of wood without using a rip fence on your table saw, you will notice that the cuts are not as accurate as they could be. Many rip fences that are supplied with the table saw are less than desirable. Making your own rip fence will not only provide you with a quality cut every time, but is also very easy to do. This project is easily done with a piece of plywood, threaded pipe, and pipe clamp kit.
Step 1 - Measure Your Table Saw
In order to build a rip fence for the table saw you will need to know the width of the table part of the saw. This is the front and back measurement.
Step 2 - Cut Plywood Strips for Tube
For this rip fence you will need to build a square tube that is made with have 2, 4 inch wide strip of plywood. You will also need 2, 2 inch wide strips of the plywood. Once you have the 4 pieces of plywood cut you can trim them to match the measurement of the table saw.
Step 3 - Cut 2 Squares
After you have finished cutting the plywood strips, you need to cut out 2 squares that are 2 1/2 inch wide and 2 1/2 inch long. Drill a hole in the center of each one of these plywood squares.
Step 4 - Build Square Tube for Rip Fence
To make the rip fence body you will be making a square tube. Use the 4 inch wide strips as the sides and the 2 inch wide strips as the top and bottom. Connect these pieces with the wood screws. Once the square tube is made, place one of the plywood squares in one end of the tube. Position it so that it is flush with the outside edge. Secure this square with wood screws. Repeat the process with the other end and the other square.
Step 5 - Build Pipe Clamp
Take one end of the pipe clamp and thread it onto the 4 foot length of pipe. Slide the pipe into one end of the square tube and through the other end. Fasten the pipe clamp end to this section of the pipe.
Step 6 - Place on Table Saw
Once the rip fence has been completed set it on top of the table saw. The cranking end of the pipe clamp should be facing towards you. Position the jaws of the pipe clamp downwards and slide the rear part of the clamp towards the table saw. Both ends of the clamp should be making contact with the saw.
Step 7 - Using Rip Fence
In order to use this rip fence you only need to loosen the pipe clamp and slide the assembly to the desired measurement that you are cutting the wood at. Measure the distance from the blade to the rip fence to ensure an accurate cut. Tighten the pipe clamp and you can cut several pieces with ease.