Workshop Tip: Tablesaw rack holds rip fence and miter gauge
The rack holds both items securely under the side of the table—out of the way yet close at hand.
Before I came up with this small rack, I didn’t have a good place to store the miter gauge and rip fence near my tablesaw. The rack holds both items securely under the left side of the table—out of the way yet close at hand. If your saw rolls on a mobile base like mine does, the rack and its contents go wherever the saw does.
The miter-gauge runner goes into a rectangular hole at the front and then through a closed slot formed between two mating boards. The fence rests securely in a notch on top.
Mount the rack slightly proud of the front side of the saw cabinet so the fence and miter gauge won’t hit it. Since the rack attaches to the thin sidewall of the cabinet, I added a wood block inside to create a better attachment point for the front end of the rack, which bears the bulk of the load. At the back it can be attached more simply, with screws driven from inside the cabinet.
I’ve provided dimensions that suit my saw cabinet and rip fence. Adjust them to suit yours.
—STEVE FIKAR, Shalimar, Fla.
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #288