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  1. Curious how straight any piece of aluminum will keep over an 8 foot span. My guys can beat up most anything in minutes. Bleedinblue I appreciate all advice, asked for or not. I never succeeded at anything by turning down knowledge. Except marriage. The question I have is if a replacement fence is even worth it or will tighten things up so to speak. The main saw I have is a well used Bosch 4100. I have a brand new compact Dewalt I used for a day. Any thoughts on the Bosch? (On a separate note, floor space and portability are not concerns. I work in shop only, not
  2. I have a new Dewalt compact.... was going to build the Paulk bench for it, so it is standless at the moment, and the fence just isnt straight. Sounds like I should just get it on a temp stand and pull the fence on it entirely then jig my 6 foot box level on it as a fence to rip a nice custom straight edge. Then use that to finish the Paulk bench. The Bosch is a good saw, just worn as heck.
  3. Wow. Literally not a bad suggestion. Glad I posted. Regarding the table saw, the fence is pretty difficult to square up. When you engage the lock mechanism you get a touch of wiggle. When I rip dimensional lumber, it can get off a bit. For my building its not a big deal since the finish is always custom sanded to fit. But on a plywood rip, not sure if it is best. Try getting a new fence? Original is old as hell and I inherited the saw from someone else... I am prepared to hear that I am just stupid. Would not he a first.
  4. The question I have about making your own straight edge is that for the fence piece to be straight, you need a straight edge to make it lol. Chicken and Egg. That said, it seems like it is probably sufficient to make cuts straight enough to make solid pocket hole joints with other pieces of plywood. I also like the idea of calling around to local machine shops to see if they have an 8 foot shear. That would solve the chicken and egg thing for sure. And if not, I assume when you used yours, you had to make a lot of joints and they were all solid, else you'd have trashed it.
  5. I use a 6 foot level a LOT in my work. A few times it was a bit short, and had to make do. I wonder if getting a good 8 foot level for the few times I need it would be a sufficiently good enough straight edge. But then it comes down to again the whole price is getting into track saw range anyways. For a potential half-***. And like you said, if I stop using it, I can eBay it. (I tell myself that...)
  6. Looking to do a few one time projects with plywood. Would love to do a version of the Paulk workbench so I can have a nice outfeed table for my Dewalt table saw. Few other things would be nice to make, but nothing necessary for my main business. Have a couple nice table saws to work with (Bosch 4000 and the Dewalt compact). Also have a decent Makita circular saw and router. I can't really seem to justify purchasing a track saw and 8 foot track for ripping the plywood needed for the Paulk workbench, and maybe a project or two more. I had an old aluminum straight edge, two piece, sit