|Project by DurhamAzeotropes||posted 04-28-2014 06:47 PM||5281 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
I purchased an old ‘Continental’(read-Taiwan made) bandsaw about 6 months back off of craigslist. I had been searching around where i live for a while. Then while driving back from visiting my girlfriend (in Detroit) I found one on craigslist in the Middle of ohio for 125 bucks, which was easily enough reduced down to 90 bucks for a working 14” bandsaw. Now I know its essentially a HF bandsaw, but for me (for now) it does the job just fine.
One big complaint i’ve had with it is the lack of a fence. Most of the add-on fences i’ve seen on ebay or amazon never really seemed that versatile for what you can do with it.
I decided on going the home made route. I tried a first build with wood, but it was very convenient, and clamping it down wasn’t very efficient. ESPECIALLY when all my clamps were being used for something else. I’ve seen people use aluminum extrusion for stuff and decided to give it a shot.
I used 80/20 Aluminum extrusion i found on clearance from 80/20’s ebay shop. I either got what i could on their ‘clearance’ items, or the ones that were offered on ebay bids-usually something that had a slight defect from manufacturing but nothing that affects the performance…so pretty much as cheap as possible.
for all the parts i ordered I had spent about 150 bucks, however, I ended up not using a few of the parts i ordered, so for the items i acutally used for it, I think it cost about 90-100 dollars for the fence. It slides easy and doesn’t move once you tighten down the brake knobs on the bottoms.
If anyone is considering something like this, I say go for it! One of the best things, is you can always re-use the parts for something else. Aluminum extrusion is like Lego’s for adults.