Simple Band Saw Fence

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Blog entry by arco21 posted 11-01-2012 03:37 AM 29444 reads 24 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided it was high time I quit clamping a piece of wood to my bandsaw table whenever I needed a fence, and upgraded to something more easily adjustable. Based on a design for a drill press fence in a recent Woodsmith Small Shops book, I came up with this cleat style fence.

I used 2×4’s for the front and back rails, putting the 45 degree angle on them with my table saw. I bolted them to the existing threads on my bandsaw’s fence.

The fence is a piece of cherry, and the cleat parts are walnut (just happened to have some scraps).

The clamp part of the fence is pretty simple: just a hinge on top, and a tee nut sunk into the end of the fence. There’s a hole in the piece of walnut where the knob can pass through and thread into the tee nut.

Thanks for checking it out, suggestions/questions are always welcome!

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#1 posted 11-01-2012 09:27 AM

Very clever. I like it.

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#2 posted 11-01-2012 10:17 AM

Your design seems good but the soft 2 by cleats will ding very easily and possibly warp with time; hard maple would serve you better.
Dan Campbell

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 02:22 PM

Great Idea.

...proving once again, Less is More.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 11-01-2012 10:28 PM

Very nice, my bandsaw needs one of these. Would make my life much simpler.

Thanks for the pictures.


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#5 posted 11-01-2012 10:43 PM


Very ingenious…

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 05:25 AM

I used band saw and fence to cut the surface and thin boards for book matching door panel. I’ve get success by going slow and making sure the band saw does all the work. And one more thing it’s all in the drift, find the drift in your band saw and then you can smoothly cuts the fence every time.

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Ty Moser

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 09:49 PM

I think this just made it to the top of my to-do list before getting started on my master bathroom vanity.

I agree with Dan about the softwood cleats though. I think mine will all be hard maple. Too bad the hardwood store is already closed today…

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Ty Moser

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#8 posted 04-24-2014 09:38 PM

FYI, I made this fence with left over birch plywood and it has worked great.

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 09:20 PM

Thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 05-17-2015 03:03 PM

ever find a problem with the T-nuts pulling out? I wouldn’t imagine the force pushing them in. nice design, anyway. looking for something to tune up an old Shopsmith bandsaw I inherited from my father. they still make parts, but they’re quite proud of them…

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#11 posted 05-18-2015 07:36 AM

The T-nut in mine came out shortly after I made it. Some epoxy has kept it in place for years after that without issue. I would also recommend going with a good quality hinge so it doesn’t have play from side to side.

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#12 posted 09-07-2016 10:12 PM

I was wondering about the T nut pulling out when I saw the previous 2 comments. I would have used screw in inserts (as seen in the photo). Nice job on this project none the less. I think I’ll do this to my old Hitachi 14” bandsaw. Thanks for posting!

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