T-Square Tablesaw Fence
|The Biesmeyer tablesaw fence is a great
upgrade to your contractors tablesaw, or any saw for that
matter. They don't give them away however, and they
really are an extremely simple design. Since I come from
a metal working background, (and I'm cheap), I decided to
build my own. This is not a how-to page, I'm just showing
off my work.
model 1022 with my own rolling base cabinet. Note the
storage compartments in the front and both ends.
|This is my tablesaw. It's a Grizzly model 1022
contractors model. It's a few years old, has performed
flawlessly, and I recommend it to anyone looking for
value. At that time it was only available with a lousy
fence, like millions of other contractors saws. Grizzly
now offers a choice of fences including the Biesmeyer.
|I didn't take this hoser long to figure out that we
needed a new fence. Here is the drivers eye view of my
homemade Biesmeyer clone. You can see the simple
contruction, if you can weld, you can build one.
|The clamping mechanism is simply a piece of round
stock with a pivot hole drilled off center. Bies' now
uses a cast clamp and handle, but earlier models were
very much like this. The handle is a 5/16" bolt
welded to the pivot and a knob screwed in place. You can
see the bolts which attach the UHMW wear pads on the
underside. The squaring system is identical to the Bies'
|The one thing that I could not duplicate is the
magnifying lens on the scale. I used a piece of lexan
plastic, scribed a line and filled it with black marker
ink. It doesn't magnify, but the black line against the
white scale is extremely accurate.
|If you have some basic metal working skills and
access to a welder, you can easily build your own T-square
fence. Spend a few minutes at a local dealer looking over
the Biesmeyer and you'll have a good idea of how to build
it. If welding is not for you, then by all means buy a
Biesmeyer. It's a great fence!