Lateral guide for table saw and milling machine.

Double sliding fence for router table and table saw

Now that I have my DIY router table and my table saw, both made with simple hand held power tools for woodworking, I only needed the side fence on both to work comfortably. Now I almost look like a real carpenter with a shaper and all. The fact is that adjusting a strip and clamping it with clamps is neither comfortable nor precise. Since I have both tools on the same table I thought it might be a good idea to make a double slide that slides on the table instead of making a side slide for each tool.

To make this side guide I used a pre-cut MDF board of the same dimensions as the plywood boards I used for the table top. I did not use plywood because the place where I buy them is taking a long time to get them. I didn’t want to wait any longer and used the MDF one. It’s a little thicker but I don’t care. What I don’t like is that it is 1 millimeter longer and that gave me some problems as you can see in the video.

Clamps for gluing the side guide.

To make the slide fence I used ball bearing drawer slides. I thought they were going to maintain parallel movement but it turned out that I was left with a little dance that I solved with some lateral slats that make the guide fit perfectly into the tabletop.

Metallic guides.

With this side guide I can easily adjust the cutting width of my table saw. I can also easily adjust the distance to the milling cutter, I have room to attach stops so that the wood does not move up or to the sides while I work on it, the milling table suction works very efficiently and I have increased the possibilities of my milling table. I think I will be able to mill grooves across the width of any lath in any position.

Recess for the side guide box.

Recommendation: On the side of the milling machine, where I put the vertical plate, don’t put a plate as thin as the one I used. Sometimes I have problems when milling the end of wood strips, as the milling cutter pulls the strip towards the veneer and this gives way a little due to the pressure, spoiling the milling. A smaller hole behind the plate and a half-centimeter plate would work better.

Update: It took a while, but I finally decided to upgrade the side guide with a new fender to solve the problem when milling into the head of the slats.

As soon as the plywood arrives I will complete the table top, which if you notice I still have it not completely covered. Well, if you follow my channel you will already know that I already completed my homemade woodworking combination table saw 🙂

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