Looking at YouTube this morning, found an interesting approach to Band Saw fence. I haven’t been happy with the few I’ve found on the market. All of them seem to be either a mess of clamping or bolting the fence rail such that the cover up the blade slot on my Craftsman 14” table. That means unbolting the thing every time I need to change a blade. ugh!
AmericanWoodworker Channle had a video on a Universal Bandsaw Fence
. This was actually a combination extension able and fence system using a miter gage from a table saw. This results in about 3/4” loss in cut height, but so far I haven’t needed anything above 6” which this approach would leave me ~1 1/4” to spare. But then again if I find I need more cutting height in the future I’m likely to upgrade to a bigger Band Saw like a Powermatic, Laguna, or Grizzly.
Also considered taking the table to a machine shop to get a miter slot cut 90 degrees which would save me the 3/4”, but then I might as well buy an upgraded Band Saw for that additional cost.
I figure I can use some leftover Birch Plywood, Micro Jig ZeroPlay Guide Bars, Incra HD Miter Gage, and rig up a Kreg Microadjuster to the Miter Gage to build a simple and modular fence system. :-)
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