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Project by Rick M posted 05-28-2017 09:30 PM 1500 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original design is from the Oct 1974 issue of Popular Mechanics, article by Paul Fiebach. He designed the fence for a small 3 wheel bandsaw with a plywood table. Many of these old plans are sketches of an idea after the fact, calling them plans is overly generous as they were meant to inspire you to create and modify an idea for your own machines. Popular Mechanics only included a few dimensions but they were enough to design a fence for a 14” Delta bandsaw. Along the way I changed a few things and am working on a set of templates and instructions that should work for most.

There are more pictures and details, along with a few mistakes, written in my LJ blog. The most important change were the pins. Fiebach recommended 10d nails but my nails (even larger sizes) were too flexible, preventing the cam from holding. Switching to 1/4-20 bolts fixed the problem and the fence locks up tight. He also shows a spring and I suspect he was trying to compensate for the nails flexing, I found no need for a spring. Overall his design is excellent. It is not adjustable for drift but I have several modifications in mind to try after using this one for a few weeks.
Blog: http://lumberjocks.com/wormil/blog/series/18577

The rails are poplar. The fence is birch plywood. The cam and other parts are white oak. Paint color is electric blue which it turns out is exactly the color of blue tape! But I like it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/





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htl

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#1 posted 05-28-2017 09:36 PM

Nicely do!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 05-28-2017 11:50 PM

Turned out great Rick. I actually like the partially painted blue feature. This will make a nice fence.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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kiefer

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 12:54 AM

Turned out real nice and love the blue.
Have you given it a test run ?

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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Carlos510

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#4 posted 05-29-2017 01:16 AM

Had a look at the plan in my files, it is a nice plan. The spring is to keep the fence snug when the cam is released to make adjustments. Reduces the chance of misalignment when the cam is re-tightened. Should be checked anyway but that was the intent.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B., http://www.hobbyworkshopprojects.com/

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 05-29-2017 03:31 AM

Nice fence. That will be real handy!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 05-29-2017 04:07 AM

Looks like it will do the job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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majuvla

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#7 posted 05-29-2017 06:31 AM

Beautiful ’’Rockler’’ style colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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HokieKen

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#8 posted 05-29-2017 09:11 AM

Very cool Rick. I may copy it if I ever upgrade to a bigger bs.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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JRsgarage

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#9 posted 05-29-2017 12:32 PM

sweet. always wanted to make one rather than using clamps everytime… and color coordinated to match the insert

-- Two is One, One is None

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 05-29-2017 01:38 PM

Nice add on, nothing like making your own!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 05-29-2017 02:00 PM

This band saw fence is a very nice shop-built accessory. Good work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Rick M

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#12 posted 05-29-2017 04:19 PM

Thank you everyone

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 06-02-2017 05:28 PM

Nicely done. Functional and saved some money too!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Roger

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#14 posted 06-04-2017 11:21 PM

Came out nice Rick. I’m sure you’re gonna luv it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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