how to use a table saw rip fence

What's the rip fence on a table saw?

Every table saw comes with a rip fence, which is that long skinny block that runs parallel to the blade. Never make rip cuts (aka cutting wood lengthwise) without pressing the workpiece up to the rip fence in order to guide it through the blade at a perfect parallel angle.

What kind of Saw do you use to rip wood?

In essence, a fence is a guide that your wood will follow as you make cuts. The more general version is most often referred to as a rip fence, and name derives from its use to guide wood as you “rip” it. You can use a rip fence with most any circular-bladed saw, such as a circular saw or table saw.

What can a rip fence be used for?

The rip fence, whether it is mounted on a table saw on inserted in a drive saw, is used as a guide in order to achieve the length, width, or type of cut that you prefer to make on your wood. It is usually made out of metal, especially in drive or circular saws, but they can also be made out of wood as is usually used in table saws.

Can you make a fence with a table saw?

If you want to get the most out of your table saw's rip fence and increase your capabilities at the table saw, you should consider making an auxiliary fence. These instructions walk you through how I made my auxiliary table saw fence as well as shows you some of the jigs I attach to my fence to get the most out of it.


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