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Band Saw Rip Fence made in the Shop

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 11-10-2010 12:21 AM 3283 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
Plato….Ancient Greek Philosopher…(428 BC-348 BC)

Shopmade Band Saw rip fence

The band saw rip fence is an invaluable saw accessory that is easy to build and provides for the safe operation when ripping low profile material. This at certain times cannot be provided by the manufacturer’s band saw fence. Obviously, when working at the tool the woodworker wants to limit the exposure of the band saw blade for reasons of safety. The workshop made band saw fence provides for safety by allowing the band saw bearing assembly to be lowered down to just above the horizontal rip fence. This happens because the L-shaped rip fence has side clearance for the bearing assembly to be raised and lowered. As a result, there is less band saw blade exposure to the hands of the woodworker.

Read more about the Band saw Rip Fence.

The band saw rip fence proved to be quite useful for Hardwood Inlays made in the Woodworking Shop.
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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 12:27 AM

That looks like a familiar fence… so you can get the top moved right down TO where it wants to go WITHOUT hitting the regular fence.

They work great!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 12:30 AM

Awesome idea !

Like Joe said, I’m always a tad disappointed when—to rip narrow stock—I have to have my guide blocks 3” above the stock.

I may not really be having a problem with blade deflection, at this point, but … the conventional wisdom IS to keep the guides just over the stock you’re cutting.

Perfect solution ! Thanks for posting it !

-- -- Neil

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Bob Simmons

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 01:03 AM

Joe…You’re right. It works great and it is very simple to build…10 minutes.

Neil…When ripping low profile narrow stock it’s nice not having to contend with the thought of blade deflection. Plus…it feels better knowing that the band saw blade is concealed.

The band saw rip fence let’s you rip very thin strips. Thanks Neil!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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NBeener

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 02:48 AM

Barry: your comments remind me of two things:

1) Sometimes, the IN-elegant solution is the best, and

2) The “revolutionary” is in the mind of the Marketers ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Bob Simmons

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 05:43 PM

Barry…Thanks! Neil has a great point. When you have something that works great..stay with it until you find something greater. Sometimes the simple things work the best.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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