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    What material for a DIY rail for Biesemeyer fence?

    I've finally decided to go ahead and make a new fence mounting rail so I can use my Biese fence on the Grizzly G0691. I can get steel or aluminum tubing in the correct size. Steel in 3/16" wall, and Aluminum in 1/4" wall. Would the Aluminum be strong enough and hold up as well? Or will it flex when the fence is clamped down? Steel would be about $10.00 cheaper and would probably tap better for mounting bolts. Thanks for any insights you may have! Jim.
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    Jim,
    I've been cruising the web for the last week looking at aluminum extrusions for a project. There is an amazing amount of info out there about this stuff. Here are some of the resources I found. Maybe they will help you choose.
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...num+extrusions
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=P...&v=OhZ5Mo9ma2U
    http://vsctools.com/diy-guide-rails/
    http://vsctools.com/aluminum-extrusions/
    http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot/?sort=bestselling
    http://www.8020.net/Default.asp
    http://www.ebay.com/usr/8020inc

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    Thanks Ted! Some good info there. I've decided to go with the steel, but maybe find a thinner wall. Just not sure if I can tap threads into the thinner material and it still hold well. I usually over engineer, though.
    Have a great Christmas! Jim.
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    I'd go with steel - and you'd never wish you'd gone thinner ... i'd stick with thicker walls to get more threads. Aluminum may be fine but I think it'll scratch and ding easier and it WILL flex more than the steel (enough to matter? not sure). Steel's cheaper, holds a thread much better, and is accurate to the original make. I'd stick with that and definitely do the 3/16 wall.
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