All in all this rip fence was a fairly simple build. It has its flaws, but it gets the job done for what I need. I used some pretty basic materials, a lot of which can be purchased for little money at your local big box home improvement store.
What I used:
3/4″ Birch Plywood (cheap 2’x4′ panel)
2 – T-Nuts
2 – Star Grip Knobs
Washer or Shims
From the video you will see that this design is not table saw specific as my saw is a modified construction site saw. So the idea behind this design is that it can be adjusted to suit your needs. This is why in the video I haven’t given any dimensions, but rather an overview of the design.
I can’t really comment on the exact cost of this fence since the plywood was the remains of another project and the t-nuts and star grip knobs were given to me by my dad. If I were to have purchased all of this stuff, I would imagine that it would be fairly cheap.
The most important thing I can recommend is that you take the time to make absolutely sure that the fence is square to both the front edge of the table and to the blade. This becomes especially important when figuring out the shimming if this ends up being a requirement for you. Had I clamped this when I was squaring it up, perhaps I wouldn’t have ended up having to use the washers as shims. This however turned out to be helpful in my case, since the front edge of the table surface did have some variations in it.
Either way, I hope this will inspire you to go out and make your own rip fence. If you decide that this is a project you are going to tackle, I would love to see the end result and hear about what you learned along the way. Let me know either in the comments below or on the video itself on Youtube. You could also get in touch with me on Facebook.
I hope you have fun building your rip fence.