|Project by Rich_LI||posted 05-09-2016 07:33 PM||756 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
This is my version of a Bandsaw fence. I started by removing the basic Grizzly fence, I added angle Iron (bed frame my favorite free metal) to the front and back of the saw. On the front I used the existing tapped holes (1/4-20 on a Taiwanese saw ??) on the bottom and added a 3” piece of bedframe, then added the 24” long rail. I cut out for the miter gauge and added washers until it was 1/8” below the table. On the back of saw I tapped ¼=20 holes into the machined surface facing the back of the saw. I bolted the bed frame using washers as spacers and again cut out for the miter gauge and positioned the angle iron 1/8” down from table top. On the front rail I made a carriage (picture 3 and 4) out of angle Iron and used a piece of white nylon cutting board as a sliding surface, it cuts and shapes easily. I welded a piece of metal to tap a ¼-20 hole (you could also bolt another piece of angle iron for this function) as my pinch device for the carriage to the angle iron guide. From picture 3 you can see I added a small sheet metal shield for the pinch bolt to have a bearing surface, I also contact cemented a piece of Formica to the sheet metal. Picture 5 shows the back carriage, again I used the white cutting board that slides on the angle iron, but also made a tightening device to clamp the back of the fence to the back rail, to protect the back rail, I contact cemented Formica to the angle iron clamp device. The fence slides perfectly, it does not contact the table, but rides above it. Picture 2 shows my answer to allow for bandsaw drift, instead of angling the fence on a pivot like several other designs, I chose to let the fence float, I made the slots 5/16” wide around a ¼-20 bolt so it has plenty of float. The last picture is of the whole setup with my massive dust collection that works just Ok. I have been re-sawing logs of around 8” diameter, but first flatted 1 side with a chain saw and then screw to a ½” piece of plywood, then run through the fence, it works and is easy.
-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !