Be sure to check out the first part of this series where I get the saw & refurbish it…
The old biesemeyer fence I am using was originally off a powermatic table saw. The shop I got it from had it set up on a saw that was used strictly for running dados. For that they cut the rails short & it only had a 18” rip capacity which worked out great for this bandsaw because I would have felt bad having to cut the rails down my self. I always feel bad modifying old vintage stuff, Its an illness, ha… I striped the rails of the old paint using a cupped wire wheel. I primered & repainted with rustoleum. I used Almond because it is the closest to the color of my other biesemeyer on the table saw. Here is a video on this part if anybody is interested… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtlL3XI74KA
Once the rails were installed I did the same with the fence. Because the fence was going to be used on the left side of the blade I chose to only replace the wood on the right of the fence so when the fence is at its maximum width from the blade it still leaves me with a 16” rip capacity. Now the wood for the fence, I kept it simple. I used a scrap piece of double sided laid up material & edged the ends. The plan is to have a wooden sacrificial fence thats easily replaceable & strait that can be used in conjunction with shop made jigs to resaw logs for example into usable wood for my projects.
Here is a video of the actual fence being restored, notice how I made a new curser, yup, that saved 10 dollars oh I also reused the tape measure that was original to the fence, another $10 saved, I cleaned it up & restuck it upside down, I can read upside down, cant you? I used contact cement to stick it….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lACZNgN9kdo I am not to the point of making the jigs for resaw yet. I just got the fence finished. Soon i will build a few jigs & test out what works for me. When I get it done I will update here.
Im thrilled so far. I have a total of $625 into this saw & that includes the saw $500, casters $25, new blade $20, fence $75. The rest of the stuff I mostly had.
Okay, I hope this was a good read for you all, this took time to write up & my hope is to help others in their woodworking journey. That is why I do this. I take in so much information from the internet I feel its my duty to give back. Happy woodworking everybody…...
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