|Project by Chedder||posted 09-18-2013 05:20 AM||5287 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
I recently acquired a band saw from an older gentleman on Craigslist for 100 dollars. Great deal, and I got a ton of free blades but no fence. In order for me to do the work I want to do, I have to have a fence on my band saw to allow resawing, making tenons and other stuff. So gave birth to the idea!
Building my own Band Saw Table with a fence!
ONE 2 foot by 4 foot sheet of 3/4 MDF
ONE 3 foot 3/4” squared walnut board
For wood materials this was all under 15 bucks.
I first had to measure out the dimensions of my band saw table and figure out how big I wanted the outfeed and infeed table to be as well as the sides. After looking at my options, I likes the idea of having the full sheet as the table! Woo no cutting there, and factory squared edges.
I measured how far it was from the front of the part where the bandsaw comes up from the table to the channel on the table which was 16.75”. The 3/4” walnut stock had to be ripped to be level with the band saw table in order to facilitate holding the sled perfectly in place. So to do that I had to build my first jig!! 2 pieces of scrap MDF on each side of the 3/4” stock with another piece on the top to ensure that the 3/4” stock doesnt move other than perfectly into the blade.
Now with the runners cut, I attached them to the bottom of the sled. Fed the sled into the bandsaw to cut the groove to let me pull it off and on, and marked under the band saw so I could add additional supports to make it not move at all.
Now I have an extra 4 feet of usable space for longer pieces.
For the fence, I picked up a clamping straight edge that was 50” long and it fit perfectly as the fence on my new table.
All told, under 40 bucks and I had my band saw fence done. I can drill holes for dowels to make circles, mark it up and all I need is to replace the top or just laminate it. Perfect solution, and my next project will be a REAL woodworking project!!
Full video here for assembly and more commentary:
Thank you all!!
-- Beau - www.gamingcoachx.com