The problem I'm running into specifically, is that the docs in drive (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m4Bk1WbojOaurBMU8wZD8kRuBhsXlCKy
) are a bit vague on the way the actual way the fence is mounted to the table. They mentioned mounting studs, but I'm not sure what those look like in the exploded view or in real life.
I have the jointer assembled with the fence sitting on the table, and the quadrant mounted neatly to the standoffs. but the end opposite the quadrant is just sliding back and forth.
Sorry if I'm being daft here, new to the whole thing
The far end of the fence indeed does not
mount to the table. But the designer got so clever with the fence-locking handle that it often baffles new owners.
The handle is basically a double-sided socket wrench. Push it inward, and it engages one locking nut. Pull it out, and it engages a different locking nut. One of them locks the tilt angle of the fence, and the other locks the quadrant to that rectangular bar. I always forget which is which myself.
Try locking both of them, and see if that solves your problem.