Bandsaw fence

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Project by johnstoneb posted 10-27-2012 02:52 PM 13790 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a 12” Craftsman band saw that I have never been happy with. A few months ago I finally did a comprehensive tuneup on it and that made a whole different saw out of it. It still needed something for a fence. I looked for a fenceseveral places almost bought the Kreg fence figuring I could modify it to fit. The blade change slot on this saw would require taking the fence mount and rail off to change the blade, that removed most commercial fences. This fence appeared in the Oct Woodworkers Journal (my wife brought one home from somewhere). I modified it to fit my table and it is working very well. Made out of oak cutoffs. Fnished with spar varnish and waxed.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 04:24 PM

My philosophy is why buy a tool or jig when you can make one. It appears you have the same mindset, great job!!

-- 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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#2 posted 10-27-2012 05:02 PM

I like it. Could you post a pic of the underside lock mechanism?

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 05:28 PM

Great job on that fence, it looks like it will serve you for years to come.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 07:12 PM

Added pictures of the locking mechanism. It uses 1/4 ready rod or all thread and a coupling nut in the slider. a regular nut would work but the coupler gives you more glue surface for the epoxy and more thread surface for the ready rod.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 10-28-2012 12:15 AM

looks real nice

shame the junk they throw on some tools

does the top knob allow you to adjust for drift

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-28-2012 12:27 AM

The bottom knob allows you to angle the fence. Once I did a tuneup I no longer have any drift. That’s resawing with a 1/4” blade.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 02:59 AM

Nice job—certainly looks like you thought it through and came up with a top notch solution.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 10-29-2012 12:09 AM

Thanks for the extra pics this is on my to do list

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 01:06 AM

I have the same plans been itching to try
Now I am ready to do it

Looks Great

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 04:51 AM

i have the same band saw . i would like to do the same thing can you give me any help

-- jrm123

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#11 posted 02-27-2013 01:59 PM

This is a great project! Is the rod that tightens the fence to the table threaded?

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#12 posted 02-27-2013 02:52 PM

yes it is all-thread

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 05:04 PM

Johnston Your Bandsaw fence is Awsome. I have to make one ,But am a bit stuck with the detail.pj402

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#14 posted 03-08-2015 08:13 PM

What a great job. I am also impressed with the improved performance from the tune-up.

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#15 posted 10-02-2018 10:34 PM

New member/green woodworker here … with some carpentry experience. I am putting together a shop for my projects and I have a chance to pick up this 12” Craftsman band saw pretty cheap .. it has no fence but this looks like a nice option. Where can I get the specs for this?

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