See how I added a new 50″ table saw fence system to my Delta table saw and DIY workbench to give me precision cuts up to 50″ wide.
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Upgraded Table Saw Fence on My Workbench
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One of the most asked questions about our table saw workbench is which fence I use on my table saw.
I have an older model Delta saw, and until now, I’ve just been using the fence that came with the saw.
When I built the workbench, that meant I had to disconnect the fence at the back to accommodate the table — and that was working just fine for cuts up to about 24″ wide.
But with a big workbench area like I have, I wanted a better fence to allow for longer cuts.
And oh boy, was this new fence an upgrade!
Why I chose this Vega Table Saw Fence System
I went with the Vega Utility 50 Saw Fence for a few reasons:
- wider rip cuts — up to 50″ which will be amazing when I need it!
- install on my current setup without making major changes to the workbench
- amazing reviews — almost 250 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars means it’s a well-tested and trusted accessory
Note that this table saw fence system is also available in a smaller 26″ system if you prefer.
Installing the Table Saw Fence System
…Even if I did have to drill a couple extra holes a couple of times! (Be sure to pay attention to the diagrams in the instructions 😉
I was mostly able to follow the manufacturer instructions (included with the fence system and viewable here) with just a couple of adjustments to fit my saw and setup.
Like any custom precision install, the fine-tuning and adjusting to square were what took the most time. But that time ensures I get accurate cuts, so do not skimp on those adjustments!
To install the upgraded table saw fence, I used:
- Vega Utility 50 Saw Fence Kit
- Hammer Drill with 3/8″ Metal Bit (to drill a new hole where needed in my table saw; not required for all installations)
- Allen wrench set
- Lubricant/oil to help drill through the metal plate
- An extra 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ bolt, washers, and nut (again, not required for all installations)
- An few extra washers to adjust the rails and fence to be square and level
- A couple of felt furniture pads for the fence (since I am not using the back rail)
Note that with the setup of my table saw workbench, I did not attach the back rail. This means I did NOT use all the parts of the system (as shown in the video and below).
How I attached the Vega table saw fence to my workbench:
Remember, since I have a wide table saw workbench surface, I did NOT install the back rail. Follow manufacturer instructions based on your installation needs.
Step 1: Level
I needed to level my table saw workbench. I had moved garages since I first built the workbench and this new location has a floor that is much less even.
Step 2: Remove old fence
This didn’t take long — I just removed the hardware to remove the old fence from the saw.
Step 3: Take inventory
Lay out the table saw fence pieces to determine which pieces I needed.
Remember, there is no back rail for my setup, so I showed in the video which pieces I wasn’t using in this install: the back rail, brackets, and accompanying hardware.
Step 4: Dry fit
Dry fit the pieces on my workbench to check fit and location.
Drill new holes in the table saw, as needed, to fit the front rail hardware.
Step 5: Attach brackets
Following the manufacturer instructions (which you can see in the product listing at Rockler), the brackets are ~1/8″ below the surface of the table saw workbench.
Step 6: Attach the front rail
Attach the front rail/bar to the brackets.
There are two sets of holes to allow for some adjustment here.
(And this is where I had to drill another hole in my table saw apron to get the placement right.)
Step 7: Assemble and attach the fence
Assemble the fence and attach it to the front rail/bar.
This step was very simple — see the process at about 5:40 in the video.
Step 8: Adjust for square
Adjust the front rail and/or fence to ensure they are square.
I made some adjustments here by adding a couple washers to get the front rail exactly square to the edge of the workbench surface, so the fence was square to the blade all along the length of the front rail.
Step 9: Secure the front rail
Attach the front rail to the table saw workbench in a couple extra spots for stability and accuracy.
I used the provided brackets, 1/4″ bolts, and some additional wood scraps to keep the rail level and secure.
Step 10: Adjust the fence
Add the furniture foot pads to the fence to allow it to slide (since I’m not attaching it to the back rail with the fence supports).
Here I needed to make a few adjustments to the rail again, so that the fence was a uniform 1/16″ to 1/8″ above the work surface.
Step 11: Fine-tune
Measure and adjust as needed to fine-tune and ensure the fence is level, even, and zeroed with the surface of the workbench and the table saw blade.
After all that fine tuning, I cannot WAIT to work on my next project!
Questions? Leave a comment here or in the comments on the video.
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