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 t...
Its been a somewhat busy week for me and I had to install the fence over a 4-5 day period. All said, I’d estimate the total install time at 4-5 hours. And the results were not 100% perfect. The front of the fence sat a nice, cozy 1/16 off the table, while the rear was about 1/8 (maybe even 3/16)( See 2nd pic below). I suppose I should happy it wasn’t worse seeing as how I drilled the rear portion of the table and the rail with a hand drill. I could have removed the rear rail, enla...
My earlier router table fences lacked control. I would tap one side and the other would move. Tapping is an inexact way to move something in very small increments. I’ve hit on a very inexpensive, easy to make, router adjustment system that works well. It can quickly, and easily, zero in on precise fence adjustments. This fence is attached to the table using four bolts that can be set up and removed in just a couple of minutes. So less talking and more photos; thanks to my neighbor...
Necessity is the mother of invention. I have this saying above the doorway into my shop because just about every day I am having to create something new to be able to complete what work I have set out for that day. Yesterday it was a portable router table to replace the piece of $#!* Skil router table I bought from HD some time back. The router table has always been a pain in my arse and was never truly good for routing anything well. When I milled all the pieces for my Greene and Greene styl...
I recently decided to tackle my router table problem. I wanted to incorporate it into my mobile tablesaw workstation, which was an earlier project. I searched for DIY plans and could not find anything that seemed suitable, so I designed my own. The fence (not pictured, because it hasn’t been built yet) mounts to a box that slides within a bigger box. Wedges or ramps then adjust with a knob in order to push the inner box out. This will be the micro-adjustment. The whole assembly sl...
DIMENSIONS Okay, so how big should the battons (breadboards) be?How big should the tongue, the tenons….? Well, I am not sure if there is a hard and fast rule. I went with a mixture of necessity, imitation, and inspiration: 1. I calculated the length of each coutertop section which I wanted to end up with, including space at the wall for movement. 2. I calculated how much each breadboard (-loss of tenons) would add to what I already had. 3. Then I made a decision on th...
INTROFor Christmas, my bro and I gave my dad the above mentioned fence as a gift. I had read in a few places that people had successfully (albeit blasphemy) mounted this fence to a G1022Z. I had my reservations, but after looking at the equivalent Shop Fox and Vega models (waaay more expensive), we decided to pull the trigger and get one from a well-respected buyer on ebay. At the same time, ebay was running a ‘fast and free’ shipping promotion. I ordered the fence on a Tuesday an...
In the previous post I had a pic of the glue up for my little bandsaw fence. I finished it today and thought I’d post a couple of pics. The bandsaw is old, but I got it for $10 at a garage sale and all it needed was a new blade. The switch is dead, but the variable speed still works. I just flip it on and off via a power strip switch. It works for now! It’s a very simple design, but works very well. The wood plate on the back is loose, so it kind of floats into plac...
In my quest to outfit my shop, I’ve spent quite a bit already on the major tools, so I’m trying to make my own jigs and do my own upgrades as I can. With the types of small wood projects I’m interested in doing, I really need a way to cut small dimensions. I do have an old Black&Decker table top bandsaw, that has definitely seen better days, but other than the tablesaw, no really efficient way to get 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” stock other than plywood, which I...
If you do not want this !Do this ContactTo protect your table saw fence from that ulgy blade mark, set the fence about .125” from the blade, Drill a hole, thread it and install a machine screw finger tight. This will effectively stop you from sliding the fence by accident into a spinning saw blade. Should you want the fence on the other side of the blade just unscrew the stop. The reason for offering this tip is I did it when I was young and more careless. I did not like the terri...
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