|Project by lab7654||posted 06-26-2012 12:59 AM||3116 views||8 times favorited||5 comments|
My Central Machinery 9” bandsaw didn’t come with a fence to begin with, so ever since I got it I’ve been trying to find a decent solution. I’m not a fan of just clamping a board onto the table, since that is a pain to square up or compensate for drift angles when ripping stock. I tried to rig up a 2×4 with a t-square like setup, but that ended up just being clamped (back to square 1). I tend to do most of my rip cuts on the bandsaw since I’m still a little bit wary of cheap, flimsy table saws, which is all I have (hopefully upgrading soon). This fence design involves putting a whole new table onto the bandsaw, so I figured I would make it as big as I practically can. With it, I filled in the space between the table and the “chassis” of the saw. I routed a 5/8” dado into the front of it to accept a miter gauge I had laying around. This allows me to set the fence at any angle to compensate for blade drift. I took the fence part off of the gauge and drilled a hole in the bar underneath it to accommodate a bolt to lock it down, which goes through a 1/4” slot in the 5/8” dado. The plywood fence is only held on by some spring clamps for now, but I plan to get some more lag screws to mount it on the miter gauge. The whole table, made of 1/2” pine plywood, mounts onto the existing table with some lag screws in the back and a wood screw in the front that acts as a stop when sliding the table on. There is a miter bar from another spare miter gauge on the bottom of the table that is used to accurately place the table onto the existing one. I really like this design for its functionality and ease of adjustment. The design isn’t entirely mine, however, and I got the idea from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgytcjbE708. I’d recommend this design for anyone having the same fence issues as me. The entire jig took me about 1 1/2 hours to make.
By the way, some of you may have seen this pop up in the blogs, which is where I posted it accidentally. It has been removed and placed here.
-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.