Here we have my small jointer and planer combination everything on this machine works… ..good enough, except for the fence First of all there’s movement in the fence even though I bolted it down firmly the mechanism is just not strong enough And the other problem is that the fence itself is not flat and straight In the front you can see that the square is touching he fence on the bottom and on the top and in the back you can see the square is touching at the bottom and on top is a gap and you can also see how flimsy this hole mechanism is the whole thing is just secured with two screws to the machine So I think I can build something better than this! So first of all I have to get rid of the old fence Fortunately this doesn’t take long because of only two screws So I have three holes in the outfeed table and one slot here in the base for a carriage bolt that I can use So let’s see what I can make So here is my prototype: I have a carriage bolt in the slot here and this fits on top And two bolts fit inside these two holes This piece is now mounted really securly and I can attach a fence to it But this is just the prototype. Now I make the same thing again, but a little bit bigger in this direction and in this direction I took another scrap of birch plywood and cut a notch into it, so it fits around a guard of the cutterhead. Then I marked and drilled the holes for the bolts that screw into the outfeed table And then the bigger holes from the other side to sink the bolts way into the wood And then the hole for the carriage bolt Then I screwed it all to the machine and check the alignment with a straight edge Looks good. Now I can make the fence support piece. I transferred the middle to the mounting piece and with it I could find a good position for a T-nut Then just drilling all the necessary holes for the T-nut Then I made box joints for the fence support pieces But before glueing them together I have to make the slot that allows me to move the fence across the cutterhead I made the slot in three passes Then I glued the pieces together and made sure that they are square That’s another big advantage of box joints. They are pretty much self squaring and if not it’s really easy to make them perfectly square. I actually the joint not for the strength, but for the simple alignment. Now to make the support rigid I made two triangles from scrap. And after removing the black laminate I glued them in place. I only used glue and clamps, no nails or screws, which might get in contact with the knives from the cutterhead While I’m waiting for the glue to dry I cut out the knob for tightening the fence. And I hammered a carriage bolt into a raiser piece. With a cutout for the carriage bolt head in the knob I now glue the two pieces together. While that glue drys, I can make the fence piece. I set the tablesaw fence to the width of the old jointer fence and cut the fence piece for some laminated birch plywood. Now I can try it out. Well, it basically works. But I think I need to add some guiding blocks. Now with a block here and a block here the fence can’t move around very much. Then I put the fence piece at the right position, so it is centered between the infeed and outfeed table. I marked the mounting holes with a drill bit, drilled the holes and screwed the fence on. Now it’s basically done, let’s check if it’s square. And as you can see it’s definitely not square. Big light gap here. But I can turn the screw at the mounting plate that moves the whole mounting plate And with it I can bring it into square. Perfect! To try it out I have a piece of wood that definitely has a rough and not square edge. And after jointing with the new fence I have a nice and square surface. Now I have a reliable jointer fence, that I can move across the table and for storage it still fits under the band saw table.