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Shop Made Biesemeyer-Style Bandsaw Fence

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Project by rmac posted 02-23-2015 09:39 PM 4359 views 39 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After clamping a board to my band saw table for far too long, I finally got smart and made a real fence. The pictures here show briefly how it goes together. For a long-winded explanation complete with dimensioned drawings of all the parts, visit my blog here.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/





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rhybeka

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#1 posted 02-24-2015 12:17 AM

Russ that’s just what I’ve been looking for! looks ready to do some work :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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rmac

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 02:29 AM

rhybeka: Glad you like it. I use my band saw a lot more now than I did before making this fence.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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AdrianM

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 03:18 PM

The aluminium one on your blog is much better! you should post details of that one. Did you use mic 6 for the aluminium one? what thickness? how do you cut it? what is your source for the knurled nuts?

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 03:20 PM

Great idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 04:24 PM

Very nice design. Did you make the aluminum version?

-- Richard, Temple, GA.....If I smell of sawdust then I was having fun

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rmac

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 04:31 PM

AdrianM: Good eye! The base of the aluminum fence is indeed made from some 3/8” precision cast aluminum plate that I got from the remnant pile at a Phoenix metals supplier. I cut it roughly to size with a saber saw and then trimmed up all the edges on a milling machine.

I turned and knurled the fancy knobs from 1” round bar stock.

As for the details, the aluminum fence is identical to the wooden one except:

1. Instead of using T-nuts for the threaded holes, I just drilled and tapped the threads directly into the aluminum.

2. The various slider parts are held together with some machine screws instead of glue.

So it should be pretty easy to make a version out of metal using the same plans.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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rmac

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#7 posted 02-24-2015 04:33 PM

Richard: Yes, I actually made the aluminum version first and then duplicated it in wood for my blog and for this site so it would be more accessible to folks who don’t have access to any metalworking equipment.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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AdrianM

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#8 posted 02-24-2015 05:44 PM

Rmac I think we all would benefit from seeing more jigs and fixtures made from aluminium which I think is a totally under appreciated material. Aluminium especially ground is far superior to any kind of Baltic or MDF which I wish I knew many years ago. I think metalworking/machining and woodworking go hand in hand and knowing one makes you better in the other. Have you make any other jigs with aluminium?

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rmac

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#9 posted 02-24-2015 10:17 PM

Adrian14: I’m pretty new to metalworking, so about the only other interesting gizmo I’ve made out of aluminum is a copy of the grinder tool rest that I posted here a few years ago. In that case, I made the wooden version first because I didn’t have the tools to make it out of aluminum. Here are a couple of pictures of the aluminum one:

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#10 posted 02-27-2015 12:49 AM

I like what I see here Russ. My son needs a fence for his band saw and I think your fence idea is a perfect solution.
Nice work! Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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rmac

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#11 posted 02-27-2015 03:03 PM

Hi Tony! I’m glad you like the fence idea, and I hope it works for your son’s band saw.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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AdrianM

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#12 posted 02-27-2015 03:14 PM

Nice job on the tool rest

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#13 posted 03-01-2015 10:19 PM

WWOOWW. Now that is a Tool Rest!! Very cool.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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