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Shop Upgrades #12: Band Saw: Fence Upgrade

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Blog entry by bkseitz posted 01-31-2016 05:20 PM 650 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started looking into buying a Fence for newly acquired Craftsman Band Saw. The way most are and the table for the saw requires disassembly of the fence rails to change blades. While I’m not likely to change blades often it still looks to be a bother.

Considering a combination of a Kreg Fence and hanging it cantilever style on stand-off spacers to the left of the blade. That way I have an opening to take the blade out without having to remove the fence. Figure if I need to add a fastener to the right I could drill and tap a hole and thread a knob and stud to the right.

Any thoughts or opinions out there?

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"



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David Taylor

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 11:17 PM

What do you think about Carter's MAGFENCEĀ® II Next Gen Magnetic Fence? Little bit less money, and no rails or anything in the way. I think setting it may be a little bit more work, but if you’ve seen Alex Snodgrass' infamous bandsaw clinic video, you’ll see him use it, and it’s pretty quick.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 11:53 PM

I think the standoff will work well. I built a wooden fence for the 12” sears I have. I wanted the Kreg but couldn’t justify taking the fence off each time I wanted to change blades. Magnets don’t stick to aluminum very well.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 04:36 AM



Magnets don t stick to aluminum very well.

- johnstoneb

Oh! Oh. I didn’t realize. Yes, you’re right, magnets won’t help with an aluminum table.

I used to have a table saw with an aluminum table, always wanted one of those mag switch things, never could. Almost forgot about them, I could use them on my new saw!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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bkseitz

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 05:15 AM

Yes, I saw Alex’s video, but not sure how well fence will stick. Craftsman Band Saw table is cast iron though, so it may be a possibility -thx

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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