Most of them are collectible and rather
expensive for a beginning unplugged woodworker on a fixed budget
which got me in the mindset to design and make a fence for less
It had to be simple and require no metalworking.
It had to be designed so it would stay tightly secured to the
plane and be exactly 90 degrees to the sole. The piece of
hardware I settled on to accomplish this is an elevator bolt.
I found one in a bunch of old hardware I bought
last year and was puzzled by it. I took it to Menards and showed
it to the hardware manager and he took me to the area where it
would be stocked and I found modern examples of it in different
lengths. After I found out it's name, I conducted a bit of
research and discovered this type of bolt is used to connect
fabric conveyor belts in grain elevators.
I bought the bolts on Tuesday and yesterday I
started making the jointer fence by selecting some scrap
mahogany and preparing it for today. I worked a little over
three hours today to finish the project. I have included lots of
photos in this post to show you the steps in making a cheap
fence for your jointer plane.
I made the fence for a Bedrock 605 but by
looking at the photos you can make one for a 6, 7, or 8 jointer
if you so desire.
I selected a piece of scrap mahogany for making the wooden
I then planed it flat because it had a slight
cup in it.
Using a marking gauge to mark a line down the
center of the board.