Bandsaw fence

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Project by johnstoneb posted 636 days ago 3474 views 14 times favorited 12 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 636 days ago

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 636 days ago

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

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#3 posted 636 days ago

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

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

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#4 posted 636 days ago

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 635 days ago

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 635 days ago

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 635 days ago

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 634 days ago

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

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#9 posted 633 days ago

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 586 days ago

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 513 days ago

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

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#12 posted 513 days ago

yes it is all-thread

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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